ASK & ME

Because of their enthusiasm, expertise and service orientation, our employees have made ASK Chemicals what it is today: One of the world's leading suppliers of foundry chemicals and consumables.
For this reason, it is important for us to provide our employees with the best possible support in their daily challenges! Through the ASK & ME initiative, we want to give a guideline for our employees through the labyrinth of the sometimes complex world of work.
We are convinced that certain behaviors will help to make ASK Chemicals and its team even more successful, and help cope with complex situations in the future:

  • Be Positive
  • Be Connected
  • Be Courageous
  • Keep Promises
  • Add Value 

BE POSITIVE

Sean Harmon, Product Manager - No Bake Binders (US)

Our customers often turn to ASK Chemicals to further their knowledge of identifying and resolving casting defects. As a Technical Product Manager my role includes presenting and educating our customers on these topics at our bi-annual Casting Academy event and at regional American Foundry Society (AFS) Chapters. Education is a valuable service that I am proud to offer to our industry.

BE CONNECTED

Charles Hoertz, Head of Global Digitalization

ASK Chemicals has greatly supported my strategic vision through the development of sustainable digital tools for the purpose of collecting market intelligence. The Foundry Atlas® - a patented enterprise application - has not only helped identify opportunities for faster commercial response, but it has also provided a visual aid to better understanding our territories for strategic alignment.

BE CONNECTED

Tomoko Takahashi, Assistant to the General Manager at ASK Chemicals Japan

Be Connected: this is the key phrase for me in ASK Chemicals. Not only “Be Connected” within the group to share experience and knowledge, and thus to be the best service and solution provider in the industry, but also “Be Connected” with customers outside of ASK World. I enjoy and love to work with the people, collaborate with people, and have fun with people. 

I am working as Assistant to the General Manager at ASK Chemicals in Japan and in this function it is crucial to be well connected with both internal and external stakeholders.   

BE COURAGEOUS

Hiroshi NAMBA, General Manager for Japan, and Commercial Director South East Asia

As GM and as Commercial Director, I must “be courageous”; but this is not because ASK Chemicals pushes people to be so. It is the natural culture of the company, and also reflects my character. ASK Chemicals does not blame people when they make a mistake; in some cases, it is better to make a mistake than not, because mistakes can happen as the result of a new challenge. Without challenges, there are no mistakes, no failure. The first mistake is an “experience” and a step to new findings! I myself have learned a lot from my mistakes, no…. I mean my experiences, and the me of today is the result of the experiences I have made with the support of my colleagues, managers, and company. Do not stay in your Cozy Corner! Let’s take on a new challenge together! 
My New Challenge? yes SEA Biz, a new experience is waiting me!

DELIVER ON PROMISES

Young-Woo Jin, Finance & Accounting, ASK Chemicals Korea

I started my career at ASK Chemicals Korea in June 2016 and have worked for the Finance and Accounting department in ASKOR. Successful teamwork highly depends on trust among colleagues. Keeping to what has been agreed and what has been promised is crucial. I have internalized this for myself. Certainly, sometimes there are situations where you may not be able to deliver on time or keep the promise 100%. In such situations, it is important to talk about it with the team in good time so that everyone is informed and can perhaps also help find a solution.

ADD VALUE

Markus Kotzur, Head of Human Resources Europe

For me as HR function I am asking myself how I can add value to the business and the organization. What can I contribute to ASK’s success? 
I am happy when I can support our managers to achieve their goals, also when there is (internal) resistance or people who have become too comfortable in their position.
For me as a manger it means adding to my team’s success by helping my team members where it is appropriate.