ASSOCIATION OF DRUM MANUFACTURERS - Peter Collard, general manager of Polimoon Ltd. of Deeside, Wales, was named chairman of the Crowborough, England-based group. Collard replaces the late Paul Butler. Frank Cunniffe of Fibre Drums Ltd. was named vice president and Mike Gauden of Blagden Packaging NV was named treasurer.
AUTOLIV INC. - Dionisio Garza Medina was named to the board of the Stockholm, Sweden-based manufacturer of automotive safety parts. Garza is chairman and chief executive officer of Grupo Alfa of Monterrey, Mexico.
CARCLO PLC - Tez Kurwie, executive director of engineering unit Carclo Technical Plastics, stepped down from the position. He continues to work with the Wakefield, England-based parent's precision molding unit.
DJ PROFILES LTD. - The Telford, England, plastics and rubber profile extruder named John Holbrook key accounts manager and Scot Mackay sales coordinator.
BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION - The London group formed a marketing committee for its windows group, chaired by Peter Hayes of Heywood Williams Group plc of Huddersfield, England.
HW PLASTICS LTD. - The Macclesfield, England-based maker of PVC window profiles and cellular PVC building products named Brian Wallace head of marketing for its building products division.
LOW & BONAR PLC - The London rotational molder and materials supplier named Steve Hannam a nonexecutive director.
OMEGA PLASTICS UK LTD. - The rapid-cut tooling producer in Gateshead, England, named Robert Buckton commercial director.
RPC COBELPLAST NV - Jozef Marynissen retired as director and general manager of the Lokeren, Belgium, thermoformer. Cobelplast is a unit of Higham Ferrers, England-based rigid packaging maker RPC Group plc. Henk Kloeze, director and general manager of another RPC thermoforming unit, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh, joined the RPC Group board.
SARNA POLYMER HOLDING INC. - The Sarnen, Switzerland-based maker of automotive parts and construction products named Matti Paasila chief executive officer, effective in January. He will replace Walter Meyer, who will concentrate on his role as chairman. Also, Chief Financial Officer JÃ¶rg Riboni withdrew his resignation, tendered in March, and Peter Schilderknecht was named interim chief of Sarnamotive Division Europe, replacing Ralf Timm. Schilderknecht is head of the firm's Sarnatech electronics division.
TEN CATE PLASTICUM INTERNATIONAL BV - The Tilburg, Netherlands-based packaging producer named Jeroen Jonker group managing director.
UPONOR OYJ - The Vantaa, Finland-based pipe maker named Jyri Luomakoski deputy managing director and senior executive vice president. Luomakoski had been chief financial officer and executive vice president since 1999.
VALEO SA - The Paris automotive supplier named Serge Le Berre group technical vice president. The firm also named Duncan Johns, general manager of Valeo Friction Materials, group vice president of Valeo Service.
ZOTEFOAMS PLC - Ian Buckley retired as a nonexecutive director of the Croydon, England- based maker of cross-linked polyethylene block foam.
* MAKINO INC. of Mason, Ohio, named Kent Groff regional sales manager for its die/mold technologies group. The firm specializes in advanced machining equipment for the aerospace, automotive parts production and die/mold industries. SIKA CORP., a specialty chemicals producer in Lyndhurst, N.J., named Paul Gross product engineer of its industry products division in Madison Heights, Mich. ... Specialty chemicals producer DEGUSSA CORP. in Parsippany, N.J., named Tom Bates vice president and manager of its production facility in Mobile, Ala. ... FRED R. POLLAK & ASSOCIATES INC., a Chicago brokerage firm, named Jose Alfonso Rubio Elos£a to manage its office in Monterrey, Mexico, and lead its mergers and acquisitions division. Michael Lopez was selected to manage auctions, appraisals and liquidations. ... BUDZAR INDUSTRIES INC., a maker of process fluid heat transfer systems, named Wayne Schaeffer an engineer. The firm is in Willoughby, Ohio. ... Ludwigshafen, Germany-based polymer producer BASF AG named Jurgen Hambrecht to succeed Jurgen Strube as chairman, and named Eggert Voscherau deputy chairman, both to take effect in May. In January, Kurt Bock will become president of BASF's logistics and information services and in May will take over as chief financial officer from Max Dietrich Kley. ... As part of its new organization, Leverkusen, Germany- based BAYER AG named Hagen Noerenberg chairman of Bayer Polymers AG, a unit combining the former activities of plastics, rubber, polyurethanes, coatings and colorants business groups. ... COPERION HOLDING GMBH of Konstanz, Germany, named Josef Spichtig president of the executive board following the retirement of Hans-JÃ¶rg Pfeiffer. Spichtig is managing director of Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer Co. KG. Coperion Holding also named John Blydenstein board director, replacing the late Manfred Wolf. ... Blow molding and packaging machinery supplier KRONES AG of Neutraubling, Germany, named Werner Frischholz a deputy member of its executive board effective in January, replacing Alois Muller, who is retiring. Christoph Klenk also was named a deputy board member. ... Polymer producer VICTREX PLC of Thornton Cleveleys, England, named Blair Souder commercial director.