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Prof. Georg Menges, Professor emeritus, holder of the Chair of Plastics Processing and long-time head of the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, passed away on 28 February 2021 at the age of 97. Prof. Menges was also holder of an honorary doctorate from the Montan University Leoben, an honorary member of the Board of the Association of Sponsors of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University as well as a holder of numerous national and international awards.

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Pascal Laborde (Source: Arburg)

Pascal Laborde has been in charge of the French Arburg subsidiary in Aulnay-sous-Bois since 1 November 2020. Arburg SAS was the company’s first foreign subsidiary to be set up back in 1985. Besides Arburg is planning a new building for the subsidiary located in the Greater Paris area spanning approximately 1,600 m2.

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Songwon announced that Philippe Schlaepfer, Leader Division Performance Chemicals / Chief Sustainability Officer, is leaving the company. Songwon said that it has made changes to its leadership structure to streamline the company moving forward.

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Aldo Barucco, 45, is the new sales and marketing manager at Marfran, the Italian TPE specialist based in Corte Franca (BS). In his career, Aldo Barucco, has held leading positions in the field of export management for several important companies.

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Dr. Darijo Mijolović is taking over the management of Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG in Waldkraiburg, Germany, and its subsidiaries in Bulgaria and Russia on 1 March 2021. He succeeds Helmut Esefeld, who has successfully managed the company since 2006 and is now going into retirement.

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Thomas Gangl (Source: OMV AG)

Following the acquisition of the majority shares in Borealis by OMV AG and the intensified and close cooperation between OMV and Borealis, the Supervisory Board of Borealis has decided to appoint Thomas Gangl, currently Executive Board member of OMV AG, as CEO of Borealis, effective 1 April 2021.

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Andreas Limper (Source: DKG)

Prof. Andreas Limper has taken over as managing director of the Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft e.V. (DKG) as of 1 January 2021.

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The Board of Directors of Versalis, the company owned by Eni which operates in the Chemical sector, appointed Adriano Alfani as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer starting 1 January 2021. His predecessor Daniele Ferrari, has left the Company at the end 2020.

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Bharat Sharma is KraussMaffei Group’s new head of the Asia-Pacific region. (Source: KraussMaffei)

Bharat Sharma is KraussMaffei Group’s new head of the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore, from 1 January 2021. In this role, he will be responsible for both the New Machine Business and Digital + Service Solutions. Sharma will report to Nadine Despineux, Executive Vice President of the Digital + Service Solutions division of the KraussMaffei Group.

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Valentina Faloci and Wolfgang Roth are in charge of directing the product experts within the new sales structure. (Source: Wittmann Battenfeld)

Wittmann Battenfeld has intensified the cooperation between its Sales and Application Engineering departments. To this end, special focal areas of application technology have been defined and appropriate reorganization measures taken. Six fields have been selected to receive special attention over the next two years: medical technology, micro injection molding, packaging technology, elastomer engineering, multi-component injection molding and light-weight design. Wolfgang Roth, Head of Application Engineering will be in charge of directing the product experts jointly with Valentina Faloci, Head of Sales.

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Joost d’Hooghe (Source: Nexeo)

Texas-based distributor Nexeo Plastics has hired Joost d’Hooghe as its new vice president of EMEA. D’Hooghe will be responsible for continued development and expansion of the company’s footprint throughout the region across all existing and prospective vertical markets. D’Hooghe fills the role previously held by Paul Tayler, CEO at Nexeo Plastics.

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