BARLO PLASTICS EUROPE NV — The Geel, Belgium-based transparent sheet producer announced appointments to its sales and marketing team: product manager Wilfred Bernard becomes European sales manager; Vincent Delaporte, Eastern Europe export manager, takes over as product manager for structured polycarbonate; Olivier Demeijer replaces Jan Braekers as product manager for polystyrene; Olivier Janin, formerly European sales director of ICI Acrylics UK, has taken up the newly created post of marketing manager; Ayub Adams, formerly at GE Plastics, holds the new position of applications development manager; and Jacques de Thomaz joined the company as commercial process manager.
BRITTON'S PLASTICS — The Birmingham, England-based custom injection molder named Andrew Shorthouse to fill the newly created post of general manager. Britton's managing director, Mike Elms, has left the company.
CONTECH CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS INC. — The Middletown, Ohio-based company named Michael Davet business development manager of plastics and John Kanzelmar market development engineer of plastics in the company's plastic pipe sales organization.
DAVID S. SMITH (HOLDINGS) PLC — Tony Thorne, former president of the corrugated paperboard division of the Swedish company SCA Packaging AB, has been appointed chief operating officer of London-based Smith Holdings. He is due to take over as chief executive officer from Peter Williams after April, when Williams becomes deputy chairman.
HUHTAMAKI VAN LEER OYJ — Francisco de Miguel, vice chairman of the executive committee and president of the Espoo, Finland-based company's industrial packaging unit, stepped down after Huhtamaki agreed to sell the division to Greif Bros. Corp. of Delaware, Ohio.
IMI PLC — Gary Allen, chief executive officer of the plastic pipe producer in Birmingham, England, is taking over the chairmanship in May from Eric Pountain, who is retiring after 11 years. IMI's new CEO will then be Martin Lamb, currently group executive director for its Drinks Dispense business. Deputy Chief Executive Nick Paul retired from the board in January. Barry Pointon, formerly executive director for the group's Hydronic Controls division, switched responsibility to business development in areas including mergers and acquisitions, e-commerce and global procurement.
TOPCRAFT PRECISION MOLDERS INC. — The Warminster, Pa., custom injection molder appointed Rowland Meyers controller.
ULTRAFRAME PLC — Nick Gale, formerly with construction panels and rotomolding company Kingspan Group plc of Kingscourt, Ireland, joined the board in January as managing director of Ultraframe (UK) Ltd. The British subsidiary of Ultraframe plc, headquartered in Clitheroe, England, manufactures window profiles. Rod Sellers has been named chairman, replacing Don Greenhalgh, who has stepped down from that post.
BASF AG, the Ludwigshafen, Germany, polymers and chemicals group, has appointed Arthur Lloyd Kelly, to the group's supervisory board. Kelly is managing partner of KEL Enterprises LP of Chicago, and he replaces Marcus Bierich, who died in November. ... SPECIALTY POLYMERS ANTWERP NV, a Zwijndrecht, Belgium polyethylene and ethylene copolymers joint venture launched by Borealis A/S of Lyngby, Denmark, and DuPont of Wilmington, Del., has named Willy Raymaekers as chairman. ... STAPLA ULTRASONICS CORP., a Wilmington, Mass., manufacturer of welding systems, named Jurgen Gaebler business manager of plastic welding products. ... DSM ELASTOMERS, part of Heerlen, Netherlands-based DSM NV, has appointed as its quality service managers Mike Junker for DSM Elastomers Americas, and Wim Breenhaar at DSM Elastomers Europe. ... NORSTAR ALUMINUM MOLDS INC., a Cedarburg, Wis., manufacturer of cast and machined aluminum tooling for the rotational molding industry, named Ravi Mehra managing director of its Norstar International LLC subsidiary. ... REPSOL YPF SA, of Madrid, Spain, the newly merged Spanish-Argentine oil and petrochemicals group, appointed Ramon Blanco as executive corporate vice president, and Juan Badosa was named executive vice president of chemicals.