Mr Poux-Guillaume, in a few words, what do you associate with the term “life”?
Let me put it this way: life is fluid. Everything has its flow. We humans and many of the creatures we share this world with are mostly made up of fluid. And almost everything we do at Sulzer is in some way connected with flows and fluids: water, oil, fluid transport, fluid separation, fluid mixing and even make-up – you name it.
What contribution does your company make to the improvement of life?
Our technologies contribute in many ways to making life better and easier for people all around the world. The spectrum includes everything from wastewater treatment to clean water distribution, more efficient power generation, carbon separation and carbon capture, as well as innovative solutions for the beauty and wellness segments. A lot of this you don’t see at first glance, but each and every element has its own impact on life.
“You’ve got to be very modest about your personal contribution.”
What is your personal contribution in all of this?
You’ve got to be very modest about your personal contribution, especially when you’re at the helm of a company that’s been in existence for more than 180 years and you’ve only been around for a year and a half. But the CEO sets the tone. Our teams are less likely to take something seriously if I don’t. You have to walk the talk.
Pump systems play an important role in the history of Sulzer. What does this technology mean to you?
Pumps are historically really interesting, not just for Sulzer! Pump technology was known to the ancient Greeks already in the 3rd century BC. But for me, it’s fascinating to see how a technology that’s been in existence for so long can still be continuously developed and refined. It also fascinates me how many of the processes that are crucial to human life actually involve pumps – everything that has to do with water, almost everything that has to do with energy. The list is long.
What is Sulzer’s vision in terms of life and science?
Sulzer is first and foremost a company built on science – a technology company with highly engineered products – and this since almost two centuries now. The vision of Sulzer is to grow in all four of our businesses, and we have the financial means to do so both organically and through acquisitions. That puts us in a really good position, and if we manage to make Sulzer the employer of choice for the talented people we’re going after worldwide, then the sky’s the limit.
What role does research and development play in that vision?
As I mentioned, that’s what we’re built on – highly engineered products, as well as the ability to innovate, develop complex solutions and protect them through intellectual property rights – these are the factors that make Sulzer unique.