ALCAN INC. - Michael Hanley, executive vice president of the Montreal film extruder, was named acting chief financial officer, succeeding Geoffrey Merszei, who returned to Dow Chemical Co.
BRITISH VITA PLC - Jez Maiden resigned as group finance director of the Manchester, England-based compounder and producer of sheet and foam.
CIBA SPECIALTY CHEMICALS INC. - The additives maker in Basel, Switzerland, named Brendan Cummins chief operating officer effective Oct. 1. Giordano Righini will succeed Cummins as global head of its plastic additives segment and will become a member of the executive committee.
DUPONT CO. - The resin supplier in Wilmington, Del., named Keith Smith vice president and general manager of DuPont Engineering Polymers, succeeding Terry Caloghiris, who was named vice president and general manager of DuPont performance coatings unit.
HY-LITE PRODUCTS INC. - The acrylic blocks producer in Beaumont, Calif., named Jack Nugent president.
HUHTAMÃKI OYJ - The Espoo, Finland-based injection molder and thermoformer of packaging named Mikael Lilius chairman, Paavo Hohti vice chairman, Kalle TanhuanpÃ¤Ã¤ executive vice president of global customer strategy, Clay Dunn executive vice president for the Americas, Taina ErkkilÃ¤ group vice president of communications and Kia Aejmelaeus investor relations manager.
KAUTEX MASCHINENBAU GMBH - The Bonn, Germany-based manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machinery named Olaf Weiland general manager. He had been general manager with Hamburg, Germany-based machinery maker SIG Corpoplast.
KLEERDEX CO. LLC - The thermoplastic alloy sheet producer in Bloomsburg, Pa., named Matt Houlihan North American distributor sales manager.
IMI PLC - The Birmingham, England-based maker of pipe, profiles and retail displays named Lance Browne and Kevin Beeston nonexecutive directors of its board.
MACK MOLDING CO. - The injection molder in Arlington, Vt., named Jay Merrill materials manager for its Cavendish, Vt., plant.
MARKEL CORP. - The extruder in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., named Robert Jerman market development manager.
MERCURY PLASTICS INC. - William Rowley, president of custom profile and tubing extruder Mercury Plastics Inc. in Middlefield, Ohio, will receive the Steve D. Bullock Humanitarian Award on Nov. 12 from the greater Cleveland chapter of the American Red Cross.
MIDWEST PLASTIC SYSTEMS INC. - The Piqua, Ohio, equipment manufacturers' representative named Dale Werle president.
NICOLET PLASTICS INC. - The custom injection molder based in Mountain, Wis., named Aaron Kapellusch sales and marketing manager.
NOLATO AB - The injection molder in Torekov, Sweden, named Christer Wahlquist to head its pharmaceutical and medical products division effective Oct. 1. Wahlquist will succeed Peter KrikstrÃ¶m, who remains managing director of subsidiary Nolato Medevo AB.
PACKAGING 2.0 - Michael Brown has launched a thermoformed plastic packaging Web site, www.packaging2.com. Brown in based in Jamestown, R.I.
PERLOS CORP. - The NurmijÃ¤rvi, Finland-based injection molder named Juha Torniainen deputy to Chief Executive Officer Isto Hantila. Torniainen also will continue in his post as executive vice president of finance and information management. Hantila is taking over for Ismo Rautiainen, who resigned in August as president of the telecommunications and electronics business unit. Eila Mustala was named executive vice president of human resources.
PHILLIPS PLASTICS CORP. - Robert Cervenka, chairman and chief executive officer of the Hudson, Wis.-based injection molder, received the Seize the Day award for innovative leadership from the Wisconsin Technology Council/Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison, Wis.
POLYPIPE INC. - The polyethylene pressure pipe maker in Gainesville, Texas, named Ed Campbell chief financial officer.
PRESSAC PLC - Harry Gordon retired as chief operating officer of the injection molder of electronic components in Derby, England.
REXAM PLC - The London packaging company named David Robbie finance director and a member of the board, succeeding Graham Chipchase, who was named plastic packaging director in July.
SENOPLAST USA INC. - The sheet extruder in Aurora, Ill., named Mark Krieger sales manager.
STADIUM GROUP PLC - The Hartlepool, England-based custom injection molder named Nick Brayshaw senior nonexecutive director, replacing Kevin Morley, who retired.
THIXOMAT INC. - The injection molder of magnesium alloys in Ann Arbor, Mich., named Stephen LeBeau chief executive officer and president, succeeding Raymond Decker, who has assumed the role of chief technical officer. Herbert Pritzker was named secretary.
VDMA - Jan-Udo Kreyenborg, managing director of auxiliary equipment maker Kreyenborg GmbH of Munster, Germany, was name chairman of Frankfurt, Germany-based VDMA, a plastics and rubber machinery association. He replaces Helmar Franz, former executive managing director of Demag Plastics Group of Schwaig, Germany.
* ACS GROUP, an auxiliary equipment maker in Wood Dale, Ill., named Sam Alexander a mechanical engineer for materials handling. ... FITZ CHEM CORP., a materials distributor in Itasca, Ill., named Jennifer Volpe to head customer service. ... Lawyer Dorothy Wyatt has joined Washington law firm KELLER AND HECKMAN LLP. ... SMS PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY, an injection press supplier in Meinerzhagen, Germany, named Mike Everett managing director of its subsidiary, Battenfeld UK Ltd. of High Wycombe, England. He replaces Robert Sayers, who left the company. Andrew Tolley was named technical director and will join the board. ... DSM NV, a materials supplier in Heerlen, the Netherlands, named Claudio Sonder and Pierre Hoculi to its supervisory board. ... NETSTAL MASCHINEN AG, a NÃ¤fels, Switzerland-based injection molding machine supplier, named Nigel Baker managing director of Netstal Ltd. of Stone, England, replacing Bob Jackson, who retired. The unit also promoted James Parton to sales engineer. ... RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD., a Shawbury, England-based information publisher for the plastics and rubber industries, named Phil Rabone business development manager. ... Materials supplier SOLVAY SA of Brussels, Belgium, announced management changes to take place early in 2006. Alo¡s Michielsen will become executive committee chairman, succeeding Baron Daniel Janssen, who will retire. Denis Solvay was named vice-chairman and Christian Jourquin committee chairman. Jourquin will be succeeded by Vincent De Cuyper as chemical sector director. Rene Degreve was named general manager in North America, replacing David Birney, who will retire. Bernard de Laguiche will become director general of finances and join the board. ...ERIEZ MANUFACTURING CO., a maker of magnetic auxiliary equipment in Erie, Pa., named Jeff Kaveney market manager for the firm's new processing group. ... MARATHON EQUIPMENT CO., a maker of waste-handling equipment in Vernon, Ala., named Joe Szany international sales director and C.V. Hall Northeast sales manager. ... TAKK INDUSTRIES INC., a Cincinnati maker of products that eliminate static electricity, named Terrance Clark sales manager. ... Mark West was named vice president of EISENMANN CORP., a Crystal Lake, Ill., auxiliary equipment supplier. ... BEAUMONT TECHNOLOGIES INC., an Erie, Pa., auxiliary equipment supplier, named Timothy Rozic customer service engineer.