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Names in the News: Auinger to Engel, Witherup to politics, Solegear, NYCO, and more

Moving around the industry, there is plenty to report on the personnel front. There is a new boss at Engel's operation in Mexico, a new county commissioner in Pennsylvania who knows plenty about plastics, and a new leader for Europe's PVC window profile processors. Toby Reid and the company he founded, Solegear, are up for more bioplastics laudations. NYCO appointed a new boss for NYCO in China, the Polyurethane Foam Association has a new leader, Portugal's Vangest celebrates and Sil-Pro hires.

PlasticsToday Staff

February 8, 2011

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Names in the News: Auinger to Engel, Witherup to politics, Solegear, NYCO, and more

Injection molding machine manufacturer Engel has appointed a new managing director for its operation in Mexico. Peter Auinger joins the company, replacing Alberto Meade, who has left Engel. Auinger took up his position as managing director of Engel Mexico on Feb.1. In October 2010, Engel opened a new sales and service center in Queretaro, Mexico. Auinger was director of thermoforming machine manufacturer Kiefel until March 2009,when he left that company. His injection molding machinery experience includes time spent in senior sales and marketing positions at Battenfeld (now Wittmann Battenfeld) and Ferromatik Milacron.

Vince Witherup, once a sales executive for auxiliary equipment manufacturer Conair, now retired (although not entirely; he was at the recent NPE space draw), has been appointed County Commissioner of Venango County, PA. The county seat is Franklin, where Conair operated for many years. Witherup will serve a one-year term.

In the plastic fillers world, NYCO, supplier of chemically modified wollastonite, has hired Li Wanghua (Jack Lee) as managing director, NYCO China effective February 21, 2011. He joins the company from Omya China, another leading supplier of fillers used in the plastics industry.

Andreas Hartleif, CEO of window profile processor VEKA AG, is the new president of the European industry association of PVC window profile manufacturers. He was unanimously elected at the general meeting of the European PVC Window Profile and Related Building Products Association (EPPA; Brussels, Belgium) at the end of last year. The initial term of office will be two years. Hartleif succeeds Marco von Maltzan, CEO of Profine Group, a competing processor. Europe's PVC window profile processors employ about 20,000 and have a combined annual turnover of almost €5 billion. Hartleif will work for the Europe-wide harmonization of quality and testing standards for PVC window profiles. European manufacturers account for some 25% of the world's production of window profiles.

Toby Reid, the founder and CEO of bioplastics supplier Solegear Bioplastics Inc. (Vancouver, BC), has been nominated for the 2011 Manning Innovation Award. The Manning Innovation Awards is a competition that recognizes and encourages innovation in Canada. The awards will be made in October 2011,wih the top award worth $100,000.

Reid has been recognized for his contributions in bioplastic technologies, specifically for the advancement of high-performance bioplastics and biocomposites through his guidance of Solegear's R&D, marketing and business development activities.
Reid founded Solegear in 2006. Last year at the BCIC New Ventures 10th annual awards ceremony, Solegear was awarded prizes in three different categories, the first time that the jury had awarded three prizes to one company. The company in 2010 also was recognized by Frost & Sullivan, a market research firm, with the 2010 New Product Innovation of the Year Award in Biopolymers.

Dimitri Dounis, corporate director of marketing and foam research at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company (Hickory, NC) was elected to serve as president of the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA), the trade association of U.S. flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers and suppliers. His term began January 1, 2011. Dounis is credited with the creation and development of the world's first commercial bio-content flexible polyurethane foam.

The Portuguese group Vangest is celebrating its 25th year in existence. Carlos Oliveira founded Moliporex, a company dedicated to export of injection molds, in 1986. The group has grown and now combines 12 companies in diverse business areas throughout the entire product development cycle: design to final production, through engineering, prototyping, and mold manufacturing. Carlos Oliveira remains at the helm as the group's president

Sil-Pro (Delano, MN), a contract manufacturer of molded medical components, assemblies, and devices, named Thomas Shurson to the newly created position of VP, contract manufacturing. Shurson will be responsible for the further development and expansion of Sil-Pro's contract manufacturing operations, which includes thermoplastic molding of implantable and disposable medical components and devices. Prior to joining Sil-Pro, Shurson was director of global quality for four years for ATMI (Danbury, CT), supplying process materials and process technology for semiconductor, display and life science industries.             

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