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Prof. Georg Menges, Professor emeritus, holder of the Chair of Plastics Processing and long-time head of the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, passed away on 28 February 2021 at the age of 97. Prof. Menges was also holder of an honorary doctorate from the Montan University Leoben, an honorary member of the Board of the Association of Sponsors of the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University as well as a holder of numerous national and international awards.

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Marcello Boldrini (Source: Kraton)

Marcello Boldrini, Kraton's Senior Vice President and Chemical Segment President, has been appointed to the additional role of Chief Sustainability Officer for Kraton Corporation in March 2021. In his expanded role, Marcello Boldrini will assume responsibility for Kraton's global Sustainability strategy and related initiatives.

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Jun Inoue (Source: Kuraray)

Jun Inoue is joining the management of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, Germany, and production facilities at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt and in Troisdorf. Jun Inoue will also be in charge of the Advanced Materials division. In addition to the speciality chemicals business, he will therefore be responsible for the Elastomer, Dental, Industry and Microfibres business units. He intends to drive forward the focus on high-performance materials in Germany and Europe. Priorities are materials with a strong sustainability profile and the establishment of innovative 5G technologies for production and service. Jun Inoue takes over from Naoya Uehara, who is moving to a new management role at Kuraray in Japan.

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Axel Sebbesse (Source: Otto Krahn Group)

Axel Sebbesse will become a Managing Director of the Otto Krahn Group and assume the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). His future areas of responsibility will include Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A, New Business, and People & Culture. In addition to the Krahn Chemie Group, Otto Krahn Group Holding also includes the plastics distributor Albis, the compounder Mocom, and the plastics recycler Wipag. Sebbesse worked for Albis from 2007 until he became a Krahn Chemie Group Managing Director in 2008. He has been managing the Group since then along with Dr. Rolf Kuropka.

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Dr. Prakash Sanjeevaiah (Source: Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers, Inc.)

Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers has announced the appointment of Dr. Prakash Sanjeevaiah as Vice President of Technology. He joined the company in 2008 as Manager, Research and Development. Over the past decade he has made significant technical and commercial contributions which led to his advancement to Director of Technology in early 2018. Several new products have been commercialised under his technical leadership, contributing to Star's revenue growth. In addition to managing Star's technology organisation, Prakash Sanjeevaiah is leading all IT functions, Scale Up and Quality. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the TPE Special Interest Group of SPE. He is also very active in the SPE and RAPRA conferences as a thought leader and presenter.

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Cindy Boiter has been promoted to Executive Vice President (EVP) and President of Milliken & Company’s Chemical Division. Effective from 15 March 2021, she has taken over the role from David Moody, who has transitioned to a role outside of Milliken.

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Pascal Laborde (Source: Arburg)

Pascal Laborde has been in charge of the French Arburg subsidiary in Aulnay-sous-Bois since 1 November 2020. Arburg SAS was the company’s first foreign subsidiary to be set up back in 1985. Besides Arburg is planning a new building for the subsidiary located in the Greater Paris area spanning approximately 1,600 m2.

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Songwon announced that Philippe Schlaepfer, Leader Division Performance Chemicals / Chief Sustainability Officer, is leaving the company. Songwon said that it has made changes to its leadership structure to streamline the company moving forward.

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Aldo Barucco, 45, is the new sales and marketing manager at Marfran, the Italian TPE specialist based in Corte Franca (BS). In his career, Aldo Barucco, has held leading positions in the field of export management for several important companies.

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Dr. Darijo Mijolović is taking over the management of Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG in Waldkraiburg, Germany, and its subsidiaries in Bulgaria and Russia on 1 March 2021. He succeeds Helmut Esefeld, who has successfully managed the company since 2006 and is now going into retirement.

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Thomas Gangl (Source: OMV AG)

Following the acquisition of the majority shares in Borealis by OMV AG and the intensified and close cooperation between OMV and Borealis, the Supervisory Board of Borealis has decided to appoint Thomas Gangl, currently Executive Board member of OMV AG, as CEO of Borealis, effective 1 April 2021.

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