Haldor Topsoe A/S announces that its Founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. Haldor Frederik Axel Topsoe has passed away on 20 May 2013, just 3 days before his 100th birthday (May 23 1913 – May 23 2013).
Graduated as a Bachelor in chemical engineering in 1936, he founded Haldor Topsoe 4 years later. He has made great contribution to science and technology, leading Haldor Topsoe to become one of the world’s largest companies, holder of a wide range of patents in technology and catalyst for energy, environment, food processing.
Not only an outstanding scientist, inventor and businessman, he was also a humanist with the motto “A business will be of no meaning if it does not help improve people lives, especially in poor countries”. The inventions made by himself and Haldor Topsoe help improves millions lives in the world. He was very proud of the title “The Engineer of the Century” awarded by Danish Society of Engineers, among many other titles of high moral value.
Petro Vietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (PVFCCo) has built a very close co-operation relation with Haldor Topsoe. Haldor Topsoe A/S is the licensor of process technologies for ammonia production at Phu My Fertilizer Plant and the supplier of technological service and catalyst for PVFCCo. Recently, a business delegation of PVFCCo led by CEO and President Cao Hoai Duong paid a working visit to Haldor Topsoe in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 16 and 17 2013. For the safe and stable operation reaching and exceeding design capacity in many years, plus its 2nd rank in the world record for 188 days of nonstop operation of Phu My Fertilizer Plant, PVFCCo has been awarded “Certificate of Operational Excellence” by Mr. Bjerne S. Clausen, CEO of Haldor Topsoe.
Learning that Chairman Haldor Topsoe passed away, PVFCCo Board of Directors has sent a letter of condolence expressing its deepest sympathy to his family and Haldor Topsoe A/S Board of Directors and employees.

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