Schroeder tapped for top Welex spot
BLUE BELL, PA. — Welex Inc. has named a new top executive.
David Schroeder was named president, CEO and a director of the Blue Bell-based manufacturer of sheet extrusion lines. He succeeds Wayne Lewis, who left his post as Welex president in April.
Schroeder has a background in packaging and the medical products sector. He has spent more than 15 years in the industry designing, manufacturing and selling equipment for plastic packaging.
Coming to Welex from PET bottle supplier Constar International Inc., Schroeder was senior vice president of sales and marketing. Before Constar, he served as chief operating officer at Medical Instill Technologies Inc.
He spent more than 12 years with Tetra Laval Group and held executive positions at Sidel Inc. in Norcross, Ga.
Welex is owned by holding company W Bar E Inc., also of Blue Bell. David Borthwick, chairman of W Bar E, said Schroeder has good leadership skills and experience running equipment companies. “He understands the challenges in the plastics processing equipment industry, but more specifically the market demands on the equipment business and the means to maintain relevance,” Borthwick said.
McKevitt promoted to GM, VP at Toshiba
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL. — Toshiba Machine Co. America has named Tom McKevitt vice president and general manager.
McKevitt has plastics-industry responsibilities for Toshiba injection molding equipment business in North America, and now Brazil.
He said he is contemplating adding Toshiba service and technical centers in the Southeast, the Toronto metropolitan area and Brazil.
After a pullback, “we will try to aggressively go after Canada again,” McKevitt said. Currently, a Toshiba Machine Co. Canada Ltd. office in Markham, Ontario, deals primarily with Toshiba's machine tool business.
In addition to its full-capability Illinois headquarters site in Elk Grove Village, Toshiba Machine has U.S. service and technical centers, and customer training, in Randolph, N.J., and Ontario, Calif.
McKevitt joined Toshiba in 2003. In 2008 he was named national sales and senior marketing manager.
A Toshiba injection molding equipment operation has existed in the U.S. since 1974 and reports to Toshiba Machine Co. Ltd. of Numazu, Japan.
Crain's Paul Mitchell retiring in September
LONDON — Paul Mitchell, publisher of European Rubber Journal and Urethanes Technology International, will retire Sept. 19, and the publications' staff is moving to Crain Communications offices in Croydon, England, from London.
Mitchell — managing director of Crain Communications Ltd. and a vice president of parent company Crain Communications Inc., publisher of Plastics News — joined the company 30 years ago.
Steve Crowhurst, publisher of Plastics & Rubber Weekly and European Plastics News, will serve as publisher of ERJ and UTI as of July 18, and Mitchell will continue with the publications until his retirement date to ensure a smooth transition.
Mitchell has been responsible for Urethane Technology's UTech exhibitions, launched in 1986, and will continue to be a consultant of the polyurethane trade show, with Crowhurst taking leadership of the events.
The eight ERJ and UTI staff members joined their Crain colleagues on PRW and EPN in Croydon over the weekend of July 15-16.
“We are thrilled that Paul has agreed to serve as a consultant for the UTech exhibitions after his retirement,” said K.C. Crain, vice president and group publisher of Crain Communications Inc. “His rich relationships around the world, especially in China, will continue to keep the exhibition brands he founded strong for years to come.”
LyondellBasell names Roberts a senior VP
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Resin industry veteran Tim Roberts has taken the reins in the Americas for LyondellBasell Industries AF SCA, the region's largest maker of polyethylene and polypropylene.
Roberts now is senior vice president of olefins and polyoelfins in the Americas for the Rotterdam, Netherlands, company. He will be based in Houston.
Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Roberts was vice president of planning and development in Houston for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP.
He has more than 20 years of industry experience, including a stint as president and CEO of Americas Styrenics LLC, the joint venture between Chevron Phillips and Dow Chemical Co. American Styrenics also is based in The Woodlands.
LyondellBasell ranks as one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining firms. The company posted sales of more than $41 billion in 2010 — up 33 percent vs. the prior year. LyondellBasell also showed a 2010 profit of almost $10.2 billion after losing almost $3 billion in 2010.
Hong to handle office for Boston Matthews
WORCESTER, ENGLAND — Plastics equipment maker Boston Matthews Machinery Ltd. has opened a sales and technical support office in Shanghai to handle what the firm said is a “rapidly expanding” customer base and more demand for complex extrusion projects in China.
“We have achieved some good sales success in China, and the establishment of a facility here firmly demonstrates our commitment to our customers in this important market,” said Simon Brookes, sales director of the Worcester-based company.
The Shanghai office will also coordinate sales for its Munchy recycling machinery unit.
Boston Matthews has hired David Hong as business development director to head the Shanghai office.
Kozak forms Sierra to match companies
MINDEN, NEV. — Machinery veteran Bruce Kozak recently started a company, Sierra Manufacturing Services LLC, to match up firms that need to outsource work with companies seeking to reach full capacity utilization.
Sierra is based in Minden.
Kozak has worked at Milacron LLC, Cannon USA and Spirex Corp., among other machine firms.