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ChemITC® Common Questions


General ChemITC Questions


ChemITC Organization


ChemITC Strategic Programs


ChemITC Membership



General ChemITC Questions

There are multiple organizations addressing information technology (IT) issues in the chemical industry. Why did the industry create yet another organization to address this topic?

Over the course of the last two decades, CIOs from a number of large chemical companies formed several organizations to address common information technology issues and needs. Rather than continuing to work through multiple industry organizations, the industry CIOs have formed the Chemical Information Technology Center (ChemITC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to provide a single forum for companies in and associated with the chemical industry to address IT issues of common concern.

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When was ChemITC formed?

ChemITC was officially established in March 2005. The organization formally introduced itself to the chemical industry at its first Annual Meeting in December 2005.

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What is the mission of ChemITC?

The chemical sector is an essential contributor to today's standard of living and quality of life, playing an integral role in the security, health and wellness and economic sustainability of our society. Information technology is a critical component in the equation. Chemical companies employ a variety of technology solutions in nearly every aspect of their supply chain, business and plant operations. Therefore, it is important that the chemical industry work together to further information technology and manufacturing control system solutions that support the industry’s ability to deliver products essential to society.

ChemITC is a panel of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) created as a forum for companies in and associated with the chemical industry to address common IT and manufacturing control system issues. Three strategic programs currently exist, addressing cyber security, survey and benchmarking, and other specific topics of member interest. These strategic programs work to develop guidance on issues of importance to the industry, as well as provide networking opportunities for chemical industry CIOs and their technology experts.

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What are ChemITC’s main objectives?

ChemITC provides the chemical industry a forum for the exchange, discussion and resolution of IT issues. The organization is structured to meet the following objectives:

  • Address chemical industry needs as a whole, or address needs of similar subsets using focused research initiatives and professional networks
  • Develop and convey IT advocacy positions
  • Conduct IT information exchanges, benchmarking exercises and surveys
  • Establish guidelines to assist in key chemical industry IT and manufacturing control system processes
  • Improve the availability of secure and effective IT solutions through dialogue with technology providers
  • Foster relationships with other industry trade associations and organizations that directly correlate with the use of IT in the chemical industry

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Does ChemITC reach out to companies worldwide?

Yes. ChemITC reaches out to companies outside of the U.S. through its coordination with trade associations in other world areas. In the European region, ChemITC works with CEFIC and Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI).

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How does ChemITC work with government entities?

ChemITC provides a channel for chemical industry leaders to establish relationships with government entities, industry trade associations and other organizations directly involved with IT in the chemical industry. For example, one of its strategic programs, the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program, is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) to align sector priorities with DHS priorities and achieve common goals.

In addition, being an entity within ACC’s Chemical Products and Technology Division enables ChemITC to benefit from ACC’s established relationships and varied resources in federal and state advocacy efforts.

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What is ChemITC’s relationship to the American Chemistry Council (ACC)?

ChemITC is a panel under the American Chemistry Council's Chemical Products and Technology Division.

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ChemITC Organization

What is the structure of ChemITC?

ChemITC is a self-funded panel within the American Chemistry Council’s Chemical Products and Technology Division. Its structure was created to support the broadest range of company participation, while still enabling the formation of smaller teams to address issues of specific interest. It primarily consists of chemical company chief information officers (CIOs) or senior information technology executives. Led by an Executive Board of chemical industry CIOs, ChemITC is comprised of three standing committees: Governance and Finance, Program and Public Advocacy. Various strategic programs also exist to address specific issues based on membership interests. Currently, ChemITC has three strategic programs: the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program, Industry Networking Groups and Survey and Benchmarking.

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Who makes up ChemITC’s leadership team?

ChemITC is led by a ten-member executive board comprised of chemical company chief information officers (CIOs). Currently, executives from Albemarle, Arch Chemicals, The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Occidental Chemical Company, PPG Industries, Rohm and Haas and Shell Chemicals are on the board. The Executive Board has also appointed an Executive Liaison who helps ensure ChemITC daily operations are consistent with members’ goals and expectations. Additionally, ACC has assigned ChemITC a Panel Manager to provide managerial and administrative support.

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How long can a CIO serve on the Executive Board?

Executive Board members serve for a three-year term, with three to four new appointments selected every year.

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How are Executive Board members chosen?

CIOs from charter member companies are eligible to serve on ChemITC’s Executive Board. Current Executive Board members can nominate candidates during an annual nomination and selection process. Additionally, charter members who are interested in serving on the board may nominate themselves for a position. Elected candidates are determined by a majority vote from charter members during an annual election.

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What is the role of the Standing Committees? What standing committees exist today?

ChemITC standing committees are designed to help the Executive Board carry out its responsibilities. There are currently three active standing committees working to support ChemITC operations:

  • Governance and Finance Committee – Creates and executes rules for governing ChemITC, manages membership activities and provides oversight for financial operations.
  • Program Committee – Focuses on the development of member-driven, value-added CIO meetings and conferences, as well as the formation of new industry networking groups. 
  • Public Advocacy Committee – Forms advocacy positions for IT public policy issues, monitors IT-related legislative and regulatory activities and coordinates with ACC on public advocacy opportunities.
  • ACC IT Advisory Committee – Provides counsel to the ACC on using information technology to support ACC staff operations, reviews ACC IT proposals and provides expert IT services to ACC, when necessary. This committee is not currently active.

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ChemITC Strategic Programs

What is a ChemITC strategic program? What strategic programs exist today?

Because each chemical company uses IT in varied degrees, processes and applications, all chemical companies may not have the same IT priorities and needs. ChemITC addresses specific IT issues of member interest through its strategic programs.

ChemITC currently has three strategic programs: the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program, Industry Networking Groups and Survey and Benchmarking. ChemITC may create more strategic programs in the future based on emerging member needs.

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Who leads strategic programs? Who funds strategic programs?

The Executive Board appoints a program director from one of ChemITC’s charter member companies to lead each of the strategic programs. In some cases, a Steering Team consisting of representatives from additional charter member companies may be formed to help oversee program activities. Funding for each of the strategic programs comes from ChemITC membership dues.

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Can a company be a member of a strategic program, but not a member of ChemITC?

No. Strategic programs are directly connected to ChemITC. Since strategic programs are formed to address issues of specific member interests and are deeply rooted in ChemITC, it is not possible to join a strategic program without being a member of the larger organization.

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Are there separate dues for strategic programs?

Strategic programs are connected to ChemITC both structurally and financially. Thus, funding for all strategic programs comes from ChemITC membership dues.

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Please describe the activities and goals of the CIO Roundtable.

The CIO Roundtable is the first industry networking group formed by ChemITC. The CIO Roundtable provides a venue for chemical industry CIOs to share appropriate information and experiences regarding IT issues. By bringing together industry executives to share their diverse expertise, experiences and background, they can identify solutions to the issues they would otherwise face separately. The CIO Roundtable will form relevant networking groups on various topics based on member interest. 

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Please describe the activities and goals of the Chemical Industry SAP Users Group (CISUG).

Because of SAP's extensive use in the chemical industry for Enterprise Resource Planning and other applications, the Chemical Industry SAP Users Group (CISUG) provided a venue from 2005-2007 for representatives from ChemITC member companies to come together and share experiences regarding the technology. CISUG enables chemical industry IT executives to share, define and prioritize chemical industry SAP issues, leverage ideas and provide input from users' perspectives on desired projects and solutions for the industry.

Effective January 1, 2008, CISUG separated from ChemITC and began operating as part of ASUG’s Industry Special Interest Group (SIG) Communities.  

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Please describe the activities and goals of the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program.

The Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program works to enhance the security of information and manufacturing systems throughout the chemical sector to protect people, property, products, processes, information and the environment. The Cyber Security Program focuses on risk management and reduction to help provide open, secure, information and manufacturing control systems throughout the chemical industry. Acting as a focal point for cyber security awareness, networking and guidance within the chemical industry, the Cyber Security Program is currently focusing its efforts in two main areas: addressing member interests and continuing to build a solid working relationship with DHS and other government agencies. The Cyber Security Program also supports industry-wide adoption of cyber security guidance and tools where appropriate.

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Please describe the activities and goals of the Industry Networking Groups.

Chemical industry IT professionals have long recognized the value of sharing experiences and gaining practical ideas from industry peers facing similar challenges.  ChemITC’s industry networking groups are designed to create an environment in which chemical industry IT experts may discuss IT issues, share experiences and learn from the successes of others. Several industry networking groups are currently organized to address specific topics of member interest. Please visit the Networking Groups section of the ChemITC Web site for more information.

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Please describe the activities and goals of the Survey and Benchmarking Program.

The Survey and Benchmarking program works to provide companies with a better understanding of industry-wide IT trends, and offers companies tactics for benchmarking their IT practices. To achieve this, the Survey and Benchmarking program conducts regular surveys and other data measuring tools to gain insight into common practices of chemical industry IT executives. The Survey and Benchmarking program facilitates four types of surveys: the Annual IT survey, Ad-Hoc surveys, Roundtable surveys and Threaded discussions.

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ChemITC Membership

What are ChemITC’s membership requirements?

Membership in ChemITC is open to any company that manufactures chemicals, complies with Responsible Care® and belongs to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). There are two membership options:

  • Charter membership is available to industry information technology (IT) leaders who are willing to devote time and financial resources to work with other companies to address and develop IT solutions that will enhance the business of chemistry. Representatives from Charter member companies are eligible to lead strategic programs and participate in Executive Board elections. Membership dues are tier-structured, based on total domestic and international chemical sales.
  • General membership is designed to provide industry IT leaders the opportunity to learn more about ChemITC and determine if the organization would provide value to their company. Chemical companies may participate in ChemITC as a General member for one year, at which time they must either commit to Charter membership or discontinue participation in ChemITC. General membership offers opportunities to participate in some ChemITC project teams and strategic programs, but does not require membership dues.

ChemITC offers companies outside of the chemical industry the opportunity to participate in some of its strategic programs through Affiliate membership. Companies involved in the provision of hardware, software and IT and manufacturing control system products and services to the chemical industry may qualify for Affiliate membership in ChemITC.

Additionally, not-for-profit research laboratories, government agencies and universities that are working on activities that may impact the chemical industry's use of IT are invited to participate in ChemITC as Associate members.

For more information, please visit our Membership pages.

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Does a company have to be a member of the ACC in order to join ChemITC?

As a part of the American Chemistry Council's Chemical Products and Technology Division, chemical companies who qualify for ACC membership as well as non-members can join ChemITC, but non-members of ACC will be assessed an additional charge for ChemITC membership. Affiliate memberships are designed for technology providers who are interested in participating in ChemITC, while Associate memberships are available to not-for-profit research laboratories, government agencies and universities that are working on activities that may impact the chemical industry's use of IT.

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Can companies outside of the U.S. join ChemITC?

The chemical industry and the systems it employs have a wide reach around the globe. Because of that, we welcome any regular or international member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to join our ranks. Any company that is eligible for ACC membership must be a member of ACC in order to join ChemITC.

A company is eligible for ACC membership if a significant portion of its business involves manufacturing chemicals in the United States or enables chemicals to be manufactured in the United States. An international company is eligible for ACC membership if the company manufactures chemicals outside the United States or enables chemicals to be manufactured outside the United States that are sold in the United States. For specific ACC membership requirements, please visit the ACC Web site.

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What companies are members of ChemITC?

ChemITC membership continues to grow as more ACC companies begin to understand the importance of chemical industry leaders coming together to address IT issues and the value that comes from participating in ChemITC. Visit the membership section of the Web site for a complete list of member companies.

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How do I join ChemITC?

Please contact William Gulledge, Manager of ChemITC, at (202) 249-6714 or william_gulledge@americanchemistry.com to join ChemITC.

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Can technology providers and external partners join ChemITC?

ChemITC invites companies outside of the chemical industry to join its efforts through Affiliate or Associate membership. Companies involved in the provision of hardware, software and IT and manufacturing control system products and services to the chemical industry qualify for Affiliate membership in ChemITC. Not-for-profit research laboratories, government agencies and universities that are working on activities that may impact the chemical industry's use of IT are invited to join ChemITC as an Associate member.

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If a technology provider becomes a member of ChemITC, what would be their role in the organization?

 

As an Affiliate member of ChemITC, technology providers can lead or participate in project teams, but they are not eligible to vote or assume a position on the Executive Board. Affiliate members pay dues to support ChemITC operational expenses.

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