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Dr. Steven D. Smith, a research fellow for Procter & Gamble Co., is the winner of the 2018 Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award of the American Chemical Society.

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has presented its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to three individuals during Antec 2018 at the NPE2018. The International Award was presented to Philip David Coates, professor at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, and director of the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC), to honour his lifetime achievement. 

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John Sawaya has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Arlanxeo USA LLC and Board Member of Arlanxeo USA Holdings LLC, effective from 1 February 2018. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arlanxeo Canada Inc. Sawaya succeeds Antonis Papadourakis, who has served as President and CEO for both Lanxess Corporation and Arlanxeo USA, since the Arlanxeo joint venture was established in April 2016. Papadourakis will continue to work in this position for Lanxess.

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As already announced in May 2017, Dr. Markus Steilemann, currently Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro. He succeeds Patrick Thomas, who will retire prematurely on 31 May 2018 by mutual agreement.

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Michael A. Garratt has been appointed as President of Specialty Engineered Materials at PolyOne on an interim basis. He succeeds Craig M. Nikrant, who has left the company. With more than 27 years of experience in the speciality polymer sector, Garratt joined PolyOne in 2013 as president of Performance Products & Solutions, where he served until his appointment to Chief Commercial Officer in 2016.

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Alfred Stern, currently Executive Vice President (EVP), was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Borealis, effective from 2 July 2018. In his position as EVP, Stern is currently responsible for the Polyolefins business and Innovation.

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Burak Batukan, 45, has been appointed as Deputy General Manager of Biesterfeld Plastik Ticaret A.S¸. and Biesterfeld Özel Kimyasallar Ticaret A.S¸. in Turkey. Batukan will strengthen the current management team around Ekrem Yümlü and Ahmet Göktan, Managing Directors of the Turkish subsidiaries of the Biesterfeld Group. Batukan has extensive experience in the chemical industry, serving for 20 years in technical sales, product marketing and business development roles at a global science company.

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The German Rubber Society (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft – DKG) has elected Dr. Cristina Bergmann, Head of H&R Research Laboratory at Hansen & Rosenthal, as Chairman of the DKG, Prof. Dr. Andreas Limper, Managing Director of Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau, as First Deputy Chairman, and Dr. Hans-Martin Issel, Managing Director of Unimatec Chemicals Europe, as Second Deputy Chairman for the term of office from 2018 to 2021.

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Jeffrey A. DeBest has been appointed as new President of the Advanced Technology Group and member of Global Leadership Team at Cooper Standard.

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Since 1972, the Plastics Hall of Fame, located at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell/USA, has honored people who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of the plastics industry.  

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