Muri b. Bern/Schweiz, May 11, 2022 – Two new members have been appointed to the Supervisory Board of Meraxis AG on May 10, 2022: With Bettina Charrière and Gert-Jan van den Akker, two experienced leaders strengthen the globally operating polymer distributor.
Charrière will primarily support the topics of sales as well as human resources at Meraxis. “Meraxis is a future-oriented company that not only comprehensively serves the current market, but also thinks ahead,” says Charrière. “Already today, sales is an exciting task because customers can get everything from raw materials to machines and tools to complementary services from a single source via the one-stop shop. For the future, the range of resource-saving material alternatives will continue to expand, but the focus will also be on innovative digital solutions. To support this sustainable growth of Meraxis, one of my main priorities will be on the further development of the dedicated team.”
In the course of her career, Charrière has held various management positions at executive and board level, mainly in energy companies. Among others, she was a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss energy supplier Axpo Power AG, where she was responsible for the expansion of renewable energies. Prior to that, she was Head of Energy Markets and Strategic Sourcing at Holcim AG, one of the world’s largest producers of building materials. Charrière also has experience in managing family businesses and setting up companies. For years, she has been actively involved in innovation and start-up promotion. As a coach for Innosuisse, the Swiss agency for innovation promotion, she helps young entrepreneurs bring science-based products and services to market. Charrière graduated in natural sciences and holds an MBA.
Trading expert Gert-Jan van den Akker was appointed to the Supervisory Board as a second new member. The Dutchman will be mainly an advisor to Meraxis on risk management. “Swiss quality and reliability combined with worldwide locations and a reliable network are the best prerequisites for mastering the challenges of our time,” says van den Akker. “Meraxis stands by its suppliers and customers as a strong partner in a volatile market. The key is smart risk management along the entire supply chain. More than ever, we need to offer the right strategies, alternatives and digital solutions to successfully counter wildly fluctuating raw material prices or supply shortages.” For customers, on-site support and local distribution are a clear advantage in procurement. With its more than 25 locations and broad partner network, Meraxis is very well positioned. “The signs are set for growth, so further markets are also to be expanded inorganically in a targeted manner,” adds van den Akker.
Van den Akker has over 30 years of international trading and management experience. During his career, he held various management positions, including at Alvean, the world’s leading sugar trader. At Cargill, one of the largest multinational agricultural and food trading companies, he led the agricultural supply chain business for four years as executive vice president. There, he not only established the company’s first trading strategy, but was also active as Chief Risk Officer.
In addition to Bettina Charrière and Gert-Jan van den Akker, the Supervisory Board of Meraxis AG continues to include Jobst Wagner (Chairman), Thomas Endres (Vice Chairman) and Dr. Hanns-Peter Ohl. Management is the responsibility of Dr. Stefan Girschik (CEO), Philipp Endres (Deputy CEO), Katrin Volery (CHRO) and Ulrich Litterscheid (CFO).
About the Meraxis Group
With sales of over EUR 2 billion, Meraxis is one of the leading international distributors of polymer-related solutions. Thanks to its worldwide sales and logistics network, the Swiss trading group acts as a one-stop store for the polymer-processing industry: Meraxis supports its customers in the strategic sourcing of polymers and polymer-related products and solutions. It supplies companies from all industrial sectors – from the automotive and construction industries to packaging companies. Meraxis combines many years of experience in global trading and the development and processing of polymers as well as sound material and product knowledge.
The product portfolio of the company, located in Muri bei Bern (Switzerland), includes standard polymers (e.g. PE, PP, PET, PVC), technical polymers, additives (e.g. masterbatches), recyclates, trade parts (e.g. foils, injection molded parts, aluminum and steel profiles) as well as investment goods such as tools and machines for various plastic processing technologies. In addition, Meraxis offers supplementary services, e.g. in the area of logistics and financing.
The full-service provider develops tailor-made solutions together with its customers to increase the efficiency of the respective production processes. Among other things, Meraxis offers service and consulting related to the required product properties (including additives, high-temperature thermoplastics, plasticizers, etc.). At the same time, the polymer distributor is committed to driving the continued development of sustainable and innovative polymer-related solutions. Meraxis also sees itself as an active partner for digital transformation within the polymer industry.