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On September 30, 2020, Dr. Heinz Bijoy Prosad Gupta (*1932 in Calcutta, India) passed away in Ratingen, Germany, at the impressive age of 88. He founded this publishing house in 1993. For many years he was editor-in-chief of GAK Gummi Fasern Kunststoffe and until 2019 publisher of various national and international specialist journals for the rubber, polyurethane and TPE industries.

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Dr. Johannes Kilian is the new Head of Process Technologies at Engel. (Source: Engel)

Dr. Johannes Kilian is the new Head of Process Technologies at Engel Austria. Following the retirement of Prof. Dr. Georg Steinbichler, Engel has reorganised its development department and is now focusing even more strongly on process technology. Products and solutions for increasing process capability, such as the smart assistance systems of the iQ product family, but also innovative services, have been bundled in the Process Technologies department under the responsibility of Johannes Kilian.

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Melanie Kostka has been awarded the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award on the occasion of IKV’s 30. International Colloquium Plastics Technology. With the Sponsorship Award, the Reifenhäuser company honoured the outstanding research work done by Melanie Kostka, who is employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV and Managing Director of IKV’s Association of Sponsors (left), presents the Georg-Menges Prize 2020 to the prize winner, Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro (right). (Source: IKV)

Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, has been awarded the Georg Menges Prize 2020. With this award, which is presented every two years, the Plastics and Rubber section of Germany’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), together with PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V. and the Sponsors' Association of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University (IKV), acknowledge the achievement of individual persons or groups who have made a particularly valuable contribution to the transfer of research results to industrial practice in the field of plastics technology.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced a change in its staff leadership and its newly elected board of directors for 2020 to 2022.

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Susoff is the new professor for plastics testing and polymer physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück and head of the laboratory of the same name in the plastics technology laboratory area. The successor to Prof. Dr. Norbert Vennemann intends to expand the laboratory's research competence in a targeted manner and is focusing on close cooperation with companies.

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Susoff is the new professor for plastics testing and polymer physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück and head of the laboratory of the same name in the plastics technology laboratory area. The successor to Prof. Dr. Norbert Vennemann intends to expand the laboratory's research competence in a targeted manner and is focusing on close cooperation with companies.

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Samiron Mondal and Stefan Wissing, two long-standing executives, will be complementing CEO Dr.-Ing. Martin Stark and CFO Elisabeth Bienbeck in the ranks of the new top management at Siempelkamp Holding. The new structure will be bringing strategic power, sound financial management and tried-and-tested expertise in markets and technologies together to form a strong leadership profile.

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Sanjeev Taneja has taken over the management of Evonik’s business line Catalysts effective from 1 July 2020. On the same date, the Catalysts business line became part of the newly created Smart Materials division. He most recently headed Evonik India as President and Managing Director for more than two years. For his new role, he will return to Hanau, Germany, where he takes over the function from Steffen Hasenzahl, who has been named as the Managing Director of Evonik Creavis GmbH.

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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has announced that Scott Tinsley, vice president, sales of Serta Simmons Bedding LLC., has assumed the position of chair of the ISPA Board of Trustees. Tinsley replaces Eric Rhea who resigned from his role as ISPA Chair due to his retirement from Leggett & Platt Inc. at the end of July 2020. Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co., has been appointed vice chair. Bryan Smith, president and CEO of Southerland Inc., has agreed to stay on as past chair.

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Fill Machine Engineering has appointed two new managing directors. Proprietor Andreas Fill (CEO) will head the company in future together with Günter Redhammer (COO) and Alois Wiesinger (CTO). After 50 years, Wolfgang Rathner is ending his career and retiring.

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