DuPont's Smith joins Sabic, Crew retiring
PITTSFIELD, MASS. — Charlie Crew is retiring as executive vice president of Sabic Innovative Plastics effective Jan. 1, and he will be replaced by Keith Smith, most recently DuPont Co.'s vice president for sourcing and logistics.
Crew has been with Sabic IP and its predecessor, GE Plastics, for more than 34 years. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. bought GE Plastics in 2007, naming it Sabic IP. Crew has led the Pittsfield engineering resin supplier since March 2008.
“He has been a valued partner and important source of advice during a very critical period of organizational change,” said Mohamed Al-Mady, CEO of the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, parent company, in a news release. “We wish Charlie the very best in the future.”
Crew joined GE Plastics in 1977 as an account manager. In 1994 he was named vice president and general manager of the Americas commercial operations. He moved to the Netherlands to lead the European business, later returning to the U.S. as president and CEO of LNP Engineering Plastics when GE acquired that business.
Smith will join Sabic IP on Dec. 1 to plan for the transition. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering. He joined DuPont in 1980. His experience includes a stint as vice president and general manager of DuPont Engineering Polymers.
“Keith is an accomplished executive with diverse expertise and a proven record of delivering productivity improvements and growth,” Al-Mady said in the release. “I am confident he will sustain this success for himself and our company.”
Auto supplier Adac adding paint facility
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Injection molder Adac Automotive Inc. is ready to launch a nearly $4.7 million expansion to supplement its plastics operations in Muskegon, Mich.
The new 70,000-square-foot plant will be adjacent to an existing Adac molding facility. The plant will employ 130 people when it opens and will have a state-of-the-art paint system, Adac officials said in a Nov. 22 news release.
The city of Muskegon is expected to approve a tax abatement to help finance the project. Groundbreaking is set for March.
Grand Rapids-based Adac specializes in door handles, exterior mirrors and exterior trim. The new paint facility will provide capacity for future production and increased flexibility in the types of parts it makes, the company said.
SRG Global brings in veteran designer
WARREN, MICH. — Auto supplier SRG Global Inc. is boosting its capabilities in product development by hiring a designer who will work with carmakers on future parts using advanced molding, coating and plating technologies.
Designer Patrick Ayoub previously has worked with Volkswagen, Chrysler, BMW and Spanish carmaker SEAT SA. The new position will help SRG establish a close relationship with customers that must differentiate their cars from competitors, SRG said in a Nov. 16 news release. Warren-based SRG injection molds parts for grilles, emblems and nameplates.
Arkema paying to get rid of vinyl unit
COLOMBES, FRANCE — French materials firm Arkema SA plans to focus on specialty chemicals and is getting out of the vinyl products business.
Colombes-based Arkema announced Nov. 23 that it is paying Geneva-based Klesch Group 100 million euros ($135 million) to take over its European vinyl business, which includes upstream (chlorine, caustic soda and PVC) and downstream (profiles, pipe and compounds) activities.
The business includes 1,780 employees in France and 850 outside the country. Under Klesch, the business will be based in Lyon, France, and headed by Otto Takken, currently executive vice president of Arkema's vinyl products business segment.
Klesch Group is a family-owned company specializing in industrial and commodity-related business. It employs more than 3,000 at locations in Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and has total sales of more than $6 billion.