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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewards the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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Patrick Popp has been appointed as Faurecia Interiors Executive Vice-President. Effective from 2 January 2020, he will succeed Jean-Michel Renaudie.

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Tracy Garrison, President Hexpol Compounding Americas and Hexpol TP Compounding, has decided to leave the company for a position outside the group. He will leave end of December 2019 and thereafter CEO Mikael Fryklund will be acting President Hexpol Compounding Americas and Hexpol TP Compounding until a successor has been appointed. According to Fryklund, Garrison has been instrumental in the successful growth strategy to considerably expand the Rubber Compounding business in Americas.

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The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society has appointed Lakisha Miller-Barclay as the successor of Ed Miller, executive director, effective from 1 January 2020. Ed Miller has served as the Rubber Division, ACS executive director for almost 19 years and has been the only individual to hold this position. He will be retiring on 15 January 2020, which is his 19th anniversary with the organisation.

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Peter Donnelly has been appointed as new President of Cancarb Limited, a subsidiary of Tokai Carbon. He succeeds Ken Tate, who has elected to retire as of 30 September 2019. Tate will remain in an advisory capacity through to 31 December 2019. Donnelly has worked in various roles at Cancarb over the past 24 years including most recently as VP, Marketing, and prior to that as Director, Quality and Development.

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Effective 1 October 2019 Shruti Singhal is new President of DSM Engineering Plastics. He succeeds Roeland Polet, who will retire mid-2020. Shruti, a US national, joined DSM in July 2018.

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Elisabeth Leamy, a 13-time Emmy-award-winning journalist and consumer advocate, has been named as the spokesperson for the national publicity campaign of CertiPUR-US, a certification programme for flexible polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. CertiPUR-US is a certification programme administered by the not-for-profit organisation Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. (AFPF).

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Michael J. Whitens, retired former Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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As of June 2019 Patrick Zimmermann became a member of the bioplastics specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH’s management team with responsibility for sales, marketing and market development. Zimmermann has contributed significantly to FKuR’s global market as he was responsible for setting up the US subsidiary. Since August 2015, he has also been Managing Director of FKuR Polymers GmbH, a manufacturer of customised polyolefin and TPE compounds.

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Bob Erling has joined Emery Oleochemicals as Business Manager for rigid and CASE polyols to support the continued growth of the company’s Eco-Friendly Polyols business.

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Teknor Apex has appointed Suresh Swaminathan as its new president. He succeeds William J. Murray, who is retiring after 41 years with the company. Swaminathan will be responsible for the worldwide custom compounding business.

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