A roundup of new hires and promotions in the plastics industry.
AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL — Jose Chirino, technical director of the high-performance materials business unit at Lanxess Corp., was elected as chairman of the Washington-based trade group's automotive team, based in Detroit.
AVAILABLE PLASTICS INC. — The custom PVC molder in Huntsville, Ala., named Mike Morgan CEO and president, succeeding Wayne Bent.
AVERY DENNISON CORP. — The maker of self-adhesive products in Glendale, Calif., awarded Jim DeFife, vice president of pressure-sensitive materials at Multi-Color Corp. the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award 2019. Avery Dennison sponsors the award to recognize an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world.
BEMIS MANUFACTURING CO. — The injection molder in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., named Jeff Lonigro president and CEO.
CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION — The trade group in Mississauga, Ontario, elected Joel Rudolph of Farnell Packaging Ltd. chairman; and Mark Lichtblau, vice president of Inteplast Bags and Films Corp., Haremar Plastic Manufacturing division, was elected treasurer.
CHROMA COLOR CORP. — The color concentrates maker in McHenry, Ill., named Gerald Baillargeon chief financial officer.
CORNERSTONE BUILDING BRANDS INC. — The exterior building products manufacturer in Cary, N.C., named Jeffrey Lee executive vice president and chief financial officer.
COVESTRO — The producer of polymers and high-performance plastics in Pittsburgh named Sucheta Govil chief commercial officer, effective Aug. 1. The firm's president, Haakan Jonsson, will also take over as chairman, succeeding Jerry MacCleary, who plans to retire at the end of the year.
DS SMITH PLC — The plastics and paperboard packaging group in London named Wayne Johnson managing director of Rapak Asia Pacific for DS Smith Plastics.
EDGEWATER CAPITAL PARTNERS — The private equity firm in Independence, Ohio, named Jason Burmer vice president of business development.
ELKHART PLASTICS INC. — The rotational molder in South Bend, Ind., named Brian Myers corporate compliance manager.
ENGEL AUSTRIA GMBH — The maker of injection molding machines in Schwertberg, Austria, named Michael Traxler head of its mould technology division.
FLAMBEAU INC. — The injection and blow molder in Baraboo, Wis., named Jaewoo Shim account manager for the automotive division.
GN THERMOFORMING EQUIPMENT — The manufacturer of thermoforming and plastics packaging machines and tooling in Chester, Nova Scotia, named Jerome Romkey president and Paul Phillips sales and marketing manager.
GREGSTROM CORP. — The custom thermoformer and rotational molder in Woburn, Mass., named Clark Boyce vice president of sales.
GURIT HOLDING AG — The composite materials manufacturer in Zürich, Switzerland, named Philippe Wirth CFO.
HUHTAMÄKI OYJ — The packaging maker in Espoo, Finland, named Calle Loikkanen head of investor relations and financial communications.
INOEX LLC — The maker of gravimetric and ultrasonic equipment in Lancaster, Pa., named Tim Moore general maanger of sales.
LOMONT MOLDING LLC — The plastic molder in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, named Carla McNamee chief financial officer.
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES — Thomas Aebischer, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Houston-based polyolefins producer, plans to retire at the end of 2019. Torkel Rhenman was named executive vice president of intermediates & derivatives, effective July 1, succeeding James Guilfoyle, who was appointed executive vice president, advanced polymer solutions and global supply chain.
MACK MOLDING CO. — The injection molder in Arlington, Vt., named Bretton Haase material manager and Tim Burdo molding supervisor. Aaron Cubells was named program manager and Matt Denham as a sales representative, both to its Mack North sales and engineering team. Jacque Perrier was named molding maanger for Mack South's Inman, S.C., facility.
MACRO ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY INC. — The Mississauga, Ontario, extrusion machinery manufacturer's founder, in Mirek Planeta, has retired, effective June 14.
MAXCESS INTERNATIONAL — The provider of guiding, winding, slitting and tension control systems for web fed converting applications in Oklahoma City, named Sean Craig vice president of global marketing and development.
MILLER WELDMASTER CORP. — The industrial fabric welding equipment manufacturer in Navarre, Ohio, named Brent Nussbaum president, succeeding Scott Miller.
MOTION INDUSTRIES INC. — The distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts in Birmingham, Ala., named John Watwood group senior vice president of the company's southeast group.
NOURYON CHEMICALS HOLDING B.V. — The specialty chemicals company in Amsterdam, is planning a new business model for January 2020, with Johan Landfors president of technology solutions, Knut Schwalenberg continuing as president of industrial chemicals and a president for performance formulations to be named later.
NOVOLEX — The packaging and food service products maker in Hartsville, S.C., named Phil Rozenski vice president of public affairs and Erik Gonring sustainability director.
ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS LLC — The carbon-black producer in Kingwood, Texas, announced changes to the executive management team of Orion Engineered Carbons S.A.: Carlos Quinones senior. vice president of global operations and Pedro Riveros senior vice president and general manager.
PACT GROUP HOLDINGS LTD. — The rigid plastics packaging firm in Melbourne, Australia, named Sanjay Dayal CEO.
PELICAN PRODUCTS INC. — The maker of high performance protective cases in Torrance, Calif., named George Platisa CFO and Christopher Favreau vice president and general manager of operations.
PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION — The Washington-based trade association named Jennifer Jones industry standards director.
PLASTICS PIONEERS ASSOCIATION — The trade group awarded Don Williams, founder of Opti Temp Inc., its Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the PPA. The award is presented to a candidate who has demonstrated long-term, outstanding service to and support of the Plastics Pioneers Association and its objectives.
REHAU AG & CO. — Rainer Schulz, former CEO of the manufacturer for the construction, industrial and automotive markets in Muri, Switzerland, was elected to Bühler Group's board of directors.
SEPRO GROUP — The automation equipment distributor in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, named Michel Maire interim manager, succeeding Jean-Michel Renaudeau who has left the company.
SIMONA AG — The semifinished product and piping component maker in Kirn, Germany, named Matthias Schönberg CEO and chairman, succeeding Wolfgang Moyses. Michael Schmitz has been named to the board, effective Aug. 15.
SOLMAX INTERNATIONAL INC. — The geosynthethics manufacturer in Varennes, Quebec, named Eric Blond global technical services director.
TOOLING TECH GROUP — The tools and assembly equipment maker in Macomb, Mich., named Todd Wodzinski chief commercial officer.
TORAY INDUSTRIES INC. — Akihiro Nikkaku, president of the high-performance materials manufacturer in Tokyo, has received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for distinguished service to that nation.
TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC. — The film extruder in North Kingstown, R.I., named Mike Mulroy associate sales representative for its Lumirror division.
WWP LLC — The cosmetic packaging components provider in Florham Park, N.J., named Jacquelyn Daniels and Sarah Morris to the roles of directors of product sales West Coast.
ASAHI KASEI EUROPE GMBH, Akira Yoshino, honorary fellow of the reinforced thermoplastics manufacturer in Düsseldorf,, Germany, has received the European Inventor Award 2019 by the European Patent Office in the category of non-EPO countries for his invention and refinement of the lithium-ion battery. ... AVOMEEN LLC, a pharmaceutical analytical testing lab in Ann Arbor, Mich., named John Ferencz head of its elemental analysis division. ... MECMESIN LTD., a manufacturer of force, materials and torque testing equipment in West Sussex, Engalnd, named Carl Bramley materials testing product manager. ... R.D. ABBOTT CO. INC., a supplier and stocking distributor of materials used in rubber compounding and fabrication in Cerritos, Calif., named Lincoln Gilmour Canada sales and business manager. ... VICTREX PLC, Tim Cooper, executive director of the manufacturer of PEEK-brand polyaryletherketone in Lancashire, England, plans to retire Sept. 30.