Zessin will help M. Holland’s automotive clients and suppliers navigate the shift to electric and hybrid vehicles and global sourcing.
Northbrook, Ill., May 3, 2023 — M. Holland Company, a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins and ancillary materials, today announced Matt Zessin has been named the inaugural director of global automotive to help accelerate growth in domestic and international automotive markets. In this position, Zessin will lead M. Holland’s global Automotive group by identifying resin needs for new automotive applications and collaborating with key stakeholders to source and move materials internationally to meet those needs.
“The automotive market is undergoing an evolution with electrification, an influx of global players, and shifting material and supply chain requirements,” said Peter Prusak, director of business development at M. Holland. “We’re thrilled to have Matt step into this leadership role and confident he will deliver more innovative materials and logistics solutions for customers and suppliers alike.”
As part of his responsibilities, Zessin will work closely with M. Holland’s prime suppliers to develop new materials and help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tiers determine the best materials for their applications. This includes identifying cost-saving materials that can deliver the required performance for highly engineered applications. By working closely with suppliers and maintaining a focus on M. Holland’s core automotive business, Zessin will help the company continue to deliver value to current customers while exploring new opportunities for growth.
“Material preferences are shifting, and the automotive market is moving toward global purchasing,” said Zessin. “With that in mind, it’s critical we stay ahead of the curve by anticipating future resin needs for emerging applications and collaborate with key international players. I’m excited to leverage my industry expertise to help ensure that automotive manufacturers have reliable resin supply and access to the materials and technical expertise they need.”
As consumers become increasingly focused on cost-saving and environmental sustainability, they are demanding vehicles with a better carbon footprint. To meet this demand, the automotive industry can leverage lightweight plastics and non-metal materials, including the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins, to assist with fulfilling government-mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. PCR and post-industrial recycled (PIR) resins are cost-effective and quality sustainable materials, which can help automotive businesses meet overarching environmental goals. Zessin will play a pivotal role in sourcing these materials for M. Holland’s customers, helping improve fuel efficiency and staying ahead of the automotive industry’s move toward lightweight vehicles.
Zessin has more than 10 years of industry experience working with prominent industry leaders, including Polymer Z (acquired by M. Holland in 2015) and Roadrunner Transportation Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management and Marketing from Marquette University.
For more information on M. Holland’s Automotive group, visit www.mholland.com/our-markets/automotive.
M. Holland is a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resins, providing suppliers with the most strategic channels to market, offering clients innovative sourcing and supply chain solutions, delivering materials that empower sustainable innovation, and helping people lead rewarding careers. Since 1950, a deep commitment to personal relationships and innovation has formed the core of the company’s heritage, culture and vision. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, M. Holland has over $1.5 billion in annual sales, partners with more than 4,000 customers annually, and serves over 70 countries across North America, LATAM, EMEA and Asia. M. Holland has offices located in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. To learn more, visit www.mholland.com and follow M. Holland on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.