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On September 30, 2020, Dr. Heinz Bijoy Prosad Gupta (*1932 in Calcutta, India) passed away in Ratingen, Germany, at the impressive age of 88. He founded this publishing house in 1993. For many years he was editor-in-chief of GAK Gummi Fasern Kunststoffe and until 2019 publisher of various national and international specialist journals for the rubber, polyurethane and TPE industries.

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Christopher McArdle (Source: Borealis)

Borealis has appointed Christopher McArdle as Vice President Polyolefins Strategy & New Business Development effective 1 September 2020. In this role, he will lead Borealis’ Polyolefins (PO) Strategy & New Business Development Portfolio.

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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.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV and Managing Director of IKV’s Association of Sponsors (left), presents the Georg-Menges Prize 2020 to the prize winner, Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro (right). (Source: IKV)

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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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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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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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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European Bioplastics, the association, representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, has announced the appointment of Joanna Dupont-Inglis as Head of European Public Affairs. She assumed her position on 1 June 2020 and will be based in Brussels.

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