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Jon M. Huntsman, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Huntsman Corporation, passed away on 2 February 2018 at his home in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, surrounded by family.

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Jeff Downing, a founding member of VersaFlex, passed away on 25 January 2018 at age 71 after fighting for almost two years against the spread of cancer.

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Phillipp Zimmermann has been appointed as the new head of the Composites/Surfaces Business Unit for Reaction Process Machinery at KraussMaffei, effective from 1 January 2018.

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Aleta Richards will succeed Christine Bryant as head of commercial operations for Covestro LLC's North American Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, effective from 1 February 2018. Richards’ appointment follows a recent communication in which Bryant was named the new head of Polyurethanes in North America, effective from the same date. In her new role, Richards will join the Covestro North American Leadership Team.

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BBG, a manufacturer of moulds, machinery and systems, has changed the management and structure of its mould making division: Heiko Kasper, 43, is the new head of the mould making division with 37 team members. He succeeds Alois Hoyer, who retired at the end of 2017. Kasper has been with the company since September 2017. He can look back on more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, the last ten years of which he spent in North and South America. His responsibility includes the further development of quality standards and intensifying international cooperation.

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Md Sazzadul Hassan has been appointed chairman and managing director of BASF Bangladesh, a subsidiary of Germany-based multinational chemical company BASF.

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Peter R. Huntsman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Huntsman, an additional role he will assume as of 1 January 2018. The company’s founder, Jon M. Huntsman, will be stepping down as Executive Chairman on 31 December 2017 and the role of Executive Chairman will be eliminated. After serving as Executive Chairman of the company he founded 48 years ago, Jon M. Huntsman will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as a Director and Chairman Emeritus.

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Vince Scattolino, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Sinomax, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam (AFPF), the not-for-profit organisation that administers the CertiPUR-US foam certification programme.

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F. l. t. r.: Jerry F. MacCleary, Dr. Erik Haakan Jonsson, Christine A. Bryant (Source: Covestro)

Covestro LLC has announced a number of leadership changes that will become effective from 1 February 2018: Jerry F. MacCleary, currently president and managing director of Covestro LLC and head of the Polyurethanes business unit in North America, will become chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the company.

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Dr. Michael Riedel, 49, has been appointed as the new CEO of FoamPartner. He will assume the position on 1 January 2018 and will join the Conzzeta AG Executive Committee.

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