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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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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. 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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Nokian Tyres’ Board of Directors has appointed Jukka Moisio as President and CEO of Nokian Tyres plc starting May 27, 2020. Hille Korhonen will step down after leading the company for three years as President and CEO, and prior to that as a member of the Board of Directors, building Nokian Tyres' success at both its home and growth markets. Jukka Moisio has a strong background in leading international companies. His latest assignment was as President and CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj, a global packaging company. Prior to Huhtamäki, Moisio served as President and CEO of Ahlstrom Oyj.

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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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Christoph Michel, the current CEO and spokesman of the Board of Directors of G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG, has left the technology corporation Siempelkamp on 30 June 2020 in order to take on new tasks and challenges outside of the group. Dr. Martin Stark, Chairman of the Advisory Board, will fill the position of CEO as interim manager with immediate effect until further notice. During this period he will suspend his mandate as chairman of the Advisory Board of Siempelkamp. The Advisory Board is currently looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position at the helm of the renowned Krefeld-based company for the long term.

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Gerald Steinhoff has been appointed as new General Manager of the Hübner Group. He will join Helge Förster (Managing Director, Mobility business segment) and Ingolf Cedra (Managing Director, Material Solutions and Photonics business segments) in the top management team of the global supplier of gangway systems for buses and railway vehicles. Steinhoff will assume responsibility for the financial and administrative areas of the group.

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Andreas Fischer has been named Evonik's new chief innovation officer, effective from 1 July 2020. He succeeds Ulrich Küsthardt, who has held this position since 2015 and is now taking early retirement.

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Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann is the new President of PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe. Steilemann was appointed to the position on 24 June 2020 for three years. He succeeds Javier Constante of Dow Chemical, who oversaw a fundamental reorganisation of PlasticsEurope.

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On 17 June 2020 the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE has announced recently elected Executive Board members as well as a newly appointed President.

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