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Pepyn Dinandt has been named chairman and president of blown- and cast-film extruder manufacturer Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering (BGE; Gloucester, MA). In mid-October Dinandt joined BGEs parent firm, SMS Group (Düsseldorf, Germany), as a member of the board responsible for the firms plastics technology business. Dinandt was president of the mannesmann plastics machinery (Munich, Germany) group, which includes Demag Plastics Group, Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik, Netstal, and Berstorff, from February 2002 until July 2006, when Madison Capital Partners (Chicago) acquired mpm. In addition, John Kaplan will assume the role of CEO of Battenfeld Gloucester. Our objective is to lead the industry in understanding and fulfilling the needs of our customers,Kaplan, who is new to BGE, said in a statement.
Battenfeld Gloucesters former President and CEO Brian Marvelley has left the company, and Harold Wrede has also retired from his position as chairman of the board. Marvelley had returned to BGE early this year after a stint as a consultant within The SMS Groups plastics machinery business, which now includes BGE, Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik, American Maplan, Battenfeld China, and Cincinnati Extrusion, is wholly focused on plastics extrusion. It sold its injection molding machinery business, Battenfeld Injection Molding GmbH (Kottingbrun, Austria), in mid-October to Munich, Germany-based private equity firm Adcuram.
Leadership changes are sweeping through the former SMS business as well, which announced that Michael Judis, part of the management team of new owner Adcuram, has assumed the responsibilities of managing director, replacing Dietmar Morwitzer, who left the company he joined in 2004 from competitor Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik. Judis has been a member of the management of the Austrian injection molding manufacturer since the takeover of Battenfeld Injection Molding by Adcuram on Oct. 13. Dietrich Hunold remains technical director at Battenfeld Injection Molding.[email protected]