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In recognition of their leadership and contributions to the manufacturing industry, Covestro LLC employees Julia Rubino, Myriam Gateault and Patti Opacic were selected as recipients of the “Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards,” presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honour women and their achievements at all levels of the manufacturing industry – from the factory floor to the c-suite.

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Kim Meng Ng has assumed the position of Vice President Asia at the Infiana Group.

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Mark Vergnano, President and CEO of the Chemours Company, has been named as new officer of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Vergnano will first assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Board and chair of the Council’s Board Finance, Audit and Membership Committee. He will serve in this capacity for one year, followed by a one year term each as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board.

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Ingo Fleischer, 48, has been appointed as the new head of operational business in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at Adient. In his new role as Vice President Seating EMEA, he is responsible for managing the business and production processes for complete seats, foam and trim. He will continue to manage the commercial vehicle business line.

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Effective from 7 March 2018, Daniele Ferrari has been ­appointed as a new independent director in Huntsman’s Board of Directors. The board now comprises eight directors, seven of whom are independent directors.

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Luis Rojo has been appointed as new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Stepan. Rojo is expected to join the company on 30 April 2018. He will succeed Matthew J. Eaken, who is presently serving as interim CFO.

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Dr. Martin Brudermüller, 56, currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, will become Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, effective from 4 May 2018.

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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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At its fall meeting, the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) hosted a technical programme featuring six presentations by scientists from companies around the world.

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Starting in January 2018, Hardev Grewal, 47, has assumed the position of President and CEO of Plasmatreat North America, a specialist in surface treatment solutions with atmospheric and low pressure plasma technology.

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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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