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Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann died suddenly and unexpectedly in his home town Leun, on Friday, 17 April 2020 at the age of 58. With his death, the plastics industry loses a leading figure with great creative power, an innovator and pioneer who was committed to ensuring that the plastics industry was given the appropriate importance at both national and European level.

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Joe Harris has been appointed as new Senior Account Manager at Everchem Specialty Chemicals. Harris has been a territory manager for over twenty years, and has deep industry knowledge related to selling speciality additives into the tyre and rubber, rigid polyurethane and isocyanurate foam, lubricant and catalyst markets.

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Dr. Tammo Boinowitz (53) will become managing director of BYK-Chemie GmbH based in Wesel as of 1 January 2021. After a two-month training and transitional phase, he will also become the President of BYK, the largest division of the specialty chemicals group Altana. He succeeds Dr. Christoph Schlünken, who has headed the division on an interim basis since October of last year in parallel with his responsibilities on Altana’s Management Board.

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Since 1 March 2020, Hendrik Fleßner has taken over the global sales and marketing management role for the Velvetol business at the WeylChem Group. This was announced by the company in a press release issued on 11 May 2020.

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Kristel Ons has been appointed as the incoming Secretary General of Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, with effect from 15 June 2020. She succeeds Philip Bruce, Director of PJB Chemical Consulting Ltd, as Secretary General. Bruce took charge of Feica four and a half years ago, after which the association went from strength to strength, with a healthy strategy and increased membership.

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Johan Ryrberg has been appointed as interim CFO of Perstorp Group. He joined the company on 1 May 2020 and will temporarily hold the CFO position from this summer to secure continuity at the CFO office. The search process for a permanent solution has been initiated and is ongoing, said the company. Ryrberg has a solid background as CFO at companies like Ovako in the steel industry and Camfil in the air filtration industry. Most recently, he has worked as interim CFO at Cabonline, the largest taxi company in the Nordics.

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Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, President of Kuraray Europe GmbH, has been appointed with immediate effect to the Board of Directors of Kuraray Co., Ltd., which has its head office in Tokyo, Japan. This was announced by the company on 26 March 2020. Gutweiler is the first person from outside Japan to be appointed to the twelve-member Board of Directors, which is headed by Masaaki Ito, President of the Kuraray Group.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) announced three new executive appointments: Glenn Anderson, vice president, industry relations and member engagement as of 6 April 2020, Matt Seaholm, vice president of government affairs, and Brendan Thomas, vice president of advocacy and voice. Both Seaholm's and Thomas' roles took effect on 15 April 2020.

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The South Korean company Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. has announced changes to its leadership structure. The Executive Committee will now include six members instead of eight.

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Dr. Frank Stieler resigned from his office as CEO of KraussMaffei Group GmbH on 31 March 2020 and Dr. Michael Ruf, former COO of the company, has taken over the position effective from 1 April 2020. The COO position will not be taken again, announced the company.

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The Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV) held its 30th ordinary general assembly where its President, Vice-President and three new members of the Board of Directors were elected. The incumbent president Yavuz Eroğlu was re-elected unanimously as the only candidate.

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