ALCOA BUILDING PRODUCTS INC. - The Pittsburgh-based vinyl siding extruder named Peter Salmon general manager of its plant in Denison, Texas.
BRITISH VITA PLC - Roger Boyes has been named nonexecutive director with the foam, sheet and compounding group, based in Manchester, England. Boyes replaces Alan Jones, who has retired.
BRITISH POLYTHENE INDUSTRIES PLC - John Langlands has been named chief operating officer for the polyethylene film producer based in Greenock, Scotland. Keith Stenning, resources director, and Jack Paton, director of polythene operations, retired.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLYMERS GROUP PLC - The biodegradable polymers group, based in Warrington, England, named Graham Whitchurch a group director. Whitchurch will remain operations director at EPG subsidiary Environmental Polymers Ltd.
HEYWOOD WILLIAMS GROUP PLC - The PVC pipe and building products group based in Huddersfield, England, named two nonexecutive directors to its board: Edward Roderick and Roger Boyes, replacing retiring officers John Pinder and Richard Fortin.
JOYCE CORP. LTD. - The Perth, Australia-based maker of flexible polyurethane foam named Frank Van Gogh executive director and chief operating officer, overseeing the firm's consolidation of operations in Sydney and Melbourne. Van Gogh's appointment was part of a corporate restructuring after the departure of Managing Director Rod Brown and Tony Edwards, finance officer.
ORICA LTD. - The Melbourne, Australia-based chemicals firm announced the following appointments: John Joannou, general manager of Orica Consumer Products; Jonathan Nightingale, chief strategy officer.
PRESSAC PLC - Chris Woodwark was named chief executive officer for the automotive and mobile phone component molder in Derby, England. Woodwark replaces Huw Lewis, who resigned.
ROYAL GROUP TECHNOLOGIES LTD. - Vic De Zen, chairman and chief executive officer of the extrusion firm, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. The distinction is Canada's highest honor for lifetime achievement, according to Adrienne Clarkson, the country's governor general. De Zen was recognized for being at the ``vanguard of his industry, known for his integrity and kindness.'' Royal Group is based in Woodbridge, Ontario.
SARNA POLYMER HOLDING INC. - Kurt LÃ¶tscher was named director of international corporate communications for the automotive and construction parts maker based in Sarnen, Switzerland.
SIMONTON WINDOWS - The vinyl window manufacturer based in Parkersburg, W. Va., announced several new appointments: John Mitchell, director of product development; Bill Lazor, senior brand manager.
ULTRAFRAME PLC - Alan Rothwell was named finance director for the profile extruder, based in Clitheroe, England.
VALEO SA - Kazuo Kawashima was named group quality director for the automotive component molder in Paris.
VOLEX GROUP PLC - The Warrington, England-based electrical power cord maker announced several appointments: Dominick Molloy, nonexecutive chairman; John Corcoran, managing director; Steve Cowman, managing director of the firm's European operations.
WHAM-O INC. - Arthur Melin, co-founder of the San Francisco-based firm noted for the Hula Hoop, died June 28 from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77. Melin co-founded the company with Richard Knerr in 1948, creating classic plastic toys such as Superball and Frisbee.
Resin supplier DSM NV based in Heerlen, the Netherlands, named C.A.J. HerkstrÃ¶ter chairman of its supervisory board ... Resin supplier BASF AG, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, announced several appointments: Jurgen Hambrecht, head of corporate engineering and the Asia region; Gerd LÃ¶bbert, vice president for coatings, plastics and specialties. ... FORTRON INDUSTRIES, the joint venture between technical polymers producer Ticona and Kureha Chemical Industry Co. of Tokyo, announced several new appointments: Kevin Cronin, president, replacing Jeff Siebnaller, who was named commercial vice president at Ticona; Sydney Ingle, chief financial officer, replacing Grant Atkinson, who is retiring; Thomas Provost, vice president operations, taking over from Larry Maddox, who also is retiring. ... Chemical and polymers group BAYER AG of Leverkusen, Germany, named Klaus Kuhn to the management board of the holding company, overseeing finance in place. Kuhn replaces Werner Wenning, named new board chairman. Richard Pott also has joined the board, overseeing strategy and human resources. ... Wolfgang Bastert was named a managing director for extruder maker REIFENHAUSER GMBH & CO., based in Troisdorf, Germany. ...Control systems maker BETA LASERMIKE INC. announced the following appointments for its regional headquarters in Singapore: Grant Latimer, executive sales director; Carol Tan, sales and marketing assistant; H.F. Ng, field service engineer.