Have you heard the saying data is the new oil , and previously oil is the new gold ? At Albemarle, we have found that to be true. To capture the value from our data, using economies of scale, we created a global digital transformation initiative called Project AI, recently awarded the 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award for AI and Machine Learning. This global transformation anchors its foundation on the AVEVA PI System as not only a data infrastructure, but also an analytics engine, alongside our existing partners, Northwest Analytics & Sartorius SIMCA, fueling massive growth and productivity in our manufacturing plants. As the AI suggests, plenty of artificial intelligence is involved. But to us, AI means Albemarle Intelligence. Though catchy, the moniker has a deeper purpose: reminding us that all of the ingredients for digital transformation already exist. By enabling and empowering our people with the right technology, we can truly unlock the value of information.
Jonathan Alexander is the Manufacturing AI & Advanced Analytics Manager within Albemarle s global Manufacturing Excellence team. He has held a variety of roles within Manufacturing, including working within both Maintenance & Operations for both the Hydroprocessing Catalyst Plant in Bayport, TX and the Aluminum Alkyl plants in Pasadena, TX, along with leading a site s Technology Implementation for Competitive Advantage (TICA) program. In his current global role, he has been focused on powering the potential of people by scaling AI (Albemarle Intelligence) and changing Albemarle s culture around Manufacturing Data Analytics, an integral part of their journey towards Digital Transformation. Mr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Houston in Clear Lake.