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Botond Szalma

Botond Szalma

Sales Account Manager

At January 2011 I started as a trainee at Teijin Aramid. From the start of my traineeship, I have been involved in various market intelligence and business development projects within the different business groups. These assignments are focused largely on finding answers to critical marketing and technical questions relating to certain applications. The next step in my traineeship was to become a Sales Account Manager for several customers who manufacture tires. This job gives me the opportunity to learn more about this particular market and further develop my commercial and technical competences. Moreover, Teijin Aramid gives me the opportunity to work for our sales office in Conyers, USA. From July 2013 onwards, I will work there as Business Development Manager for elastomer reinforcements and tires for the North American market arena.

During my studies at the HAN, as part of my Masters in International Business, my team and I conducted a market study on the potential of Twaron reinforcement in conveyor belts. I was immediately struck by the high-tech nature of Twaron and by the cooperation with the people at Teijin Aramid.

Aramid products have such high potential and have such a wide array of application possibilities! I find the world of high performance fibers to be a great place to start my career. Even though my technical background is limited, I am positive I will learn from my colleagues and eventually become a sound partner in technical discussions. That is my ambition.

I love working with the technicians at Teijin Aramid, they have a different way of looking at things, and that really inspires me. Technology and commerce complement each other in such a way that it gives me great energy. Also, I like the fact that the company and the product are actively pioneering in the field of sustainability. Everybody knows that the earth is running out of its natural resources, so I am proud to be working for a company that has made sustainability such an important part of its business strategy.

At Teijin Aramid I am learning a lot, every day. It is a flexible organization, with plenty of room for personal initiative. What I like most is that entrepreneurship is rewarded; people appreciate new ideas and are open to suggestions for improvement. Also, there’s a lot of knowledge within the company. Many of the people working in technology and sales have already contributed to this company’s development for years and yet are still seeking new opportunities. This way of thinking and working is, in my opinion, a solid basis for innovation and success.