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Stefan Engleder, scion of the company's founding family and 10-year veteran of the plastics industry, will became Engel Holding's new head of technology and production on Oct. 1, 2012. Engleder, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering, has been working in the plastics and machine tool industry for the last decade within technical development at several international companies in Germany and Canada.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 9, 2012

6 Min Read
Names in the news: Engel, Fraunhofer, EDI, Plastics Pioneers, Eastman, Venture Plastics, Methods Machine Tools

Stefan Engleder, scion of the company's founding family and 10-year veteran of the plastics industry, will became Engel Holding's new head of technology and production on Oct. 1, 2012. Engleder, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering, has been working in the plastics and machine tool industry for the last decade within technical development at several international companies in Germany and Canada. Engleder joined Engel in 2008, working on the development and market launch of the Engel viper linear robot range, before becoming plant manager at Engel Automatisierungstechnik in Dietach. 

Engleder's appointment as CTO means there are now two members of the original founding family in the management team, including CEO Peter Neumann. Engel noted that this continued lineage is "very much in line with the group's philosophy of combining tradition with innovation." Four generations of the Engel's owning family have now been involved in running the company. The four-person management team is rounded out by Christian Pum, CSO, and Gotthard Mayringer, CFO.

Reimund Neugebauer became president of the Münich-based applied research organization, Fraunhofer, effective Oct. 1. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's senate elected Neugebauer in May, giving the professor the reins Europe's largest research institute, which boasts more than 20,000 employees. Neugebauer said in a release that a major focus on the institute's future development will be to "establish the scientific basis for sustainable value creation in Germany," and help ensure that "production can be maintained within a high-wage country."

Neugebauer headed the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz for 21 years. Over that time the program added locations in Dresden, Augsburg, and Zittau, and established strategic cooperative relationships in South Africa and Italy.

The Plastics Pioneers Assn (PPA; McHenry, IL), a non-profit organization whose more than 250 members have at least 25 years of experience in plastics, has added four new members. New inductees in the group, which was founded in 1944, will be honored at its next meeting in Williamsburg, VA. The PPA awards scholarships to students seeking a career in plastics. New members include:

Wendy Hoenig, who worked 25 years for Dow Chemical, will join the PPA. Hoenig holds 15 U.S. patents from her time at Dow, where she worked in roles ranging from technical service, new business development, project management and R&D management. Hoenig retired from Dow in 2010 and along with her husband formed H & H Business Development LLC (Houston).

Roger Kipp's plastics processing career covers 47 years. Kipp is currently vice president of marketing and engineering at thermoformer McClarin Plastics Inc. (Hanover, PA), where he has worked for the last 18 years. Kipp has received numerous honors from the Society of Plastics Engineers, including the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002; the 2003 Life Achievement Award from SPE's Thermoforming Division; and the Thermoformer of the Year 2010. He was named an Honored Service Member of the SPE in 2008.

David Nolan has had a 26-year career in plastics, much of it focused on advancing injection molding. Nolan spent 16 years at Gillette in Boston, first as a processing engineer and then as engineering manager. During his time there, he was closely involved in the launch of several of Gillette's successful products, such as Mach II and Fusion razor systems. After leaving Gillette, Nolan went to work for Foboha USA, where is he currently is the U.S. sales engineer. Based in Germany, Foboha specializes in sophisticated tooling for multi-component injection molding.

Steve Sopher plastics career started in 1986, when he began at Raytheon as an engineering intern. At Raytheon, he worked on composite RTM processes and provided design and process engineering support to the radome and missile design group. Since 1994, Sopher has worked for JSP International (Butler, PA) as the technical director there, in charge of material selection, design, development, and performance testing for the company's line of expanded polyolefin foam products. In 2003, Sopher's group, along with JSP's Automotive Development Group and General Motor's Midsize Design Group, were honored by SPE for their 10 years of using expanded PP as a bumper energy absorbing material.

Godfrey M. Sandham was named VP and general manager of extrusion die manufacturer EDI (Chippewa Falls, WI), replacing Gary Edwards, former CEO of EDI. EDI was acquired by Nordson Corp. in May. Nordson said in a release that Sandham will be tasked with overseeing the integration of EDI into Nordson and "leveraging of the combined capabilities" of EDI and Verbruggen, a Belgium supplier of flat dies acquired in 2011. Godfrey joined fluid-dispensing equipment supplier Nordson EFD in 1998. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in the petrochemical industry working with lubricants, hot melts, coatings, solvents, chemicals, and oilfield products. Sandham will relocate from his native England to EDI's world headquarters in Wisconsin.

EDI also named Bradley A. Kuhnen its regional sales associate for the U.S. Southwest. In that role, Kuhnen will be responsible for new and aftermarket sales of EDI flat extrusion die and fluid coating systems in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Kuhnen joined EDI in 2010 as an inside sales associate. In 2011 he was promoted to international sales and managed EDI's agent network in Southeast Asia.

Eastman Chemical Co.'s Kenneth E. Breeding Jr. has been appointed to the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Medical Plastics Division board of directors through April 2015. Breeding, technical platform manager for medical devices, engineering, and specialty polymers at Eastman, will serve on the market communication sub-team, where he will help communicate market trends and technology developments for the medical device market segment. Since joining Eastman in 1985, Breeding has held a variety of positions in polymers research, technical service, and development.

Custom injection molder Venture Plastics Inc. has added Dolores (Dee) Baillie to its administrative services team as accounting manager. Baillie is a graduate of Youngstown State University and a Certified Public Accountant, with more than 16 years of manufacturing accounting experience. Venture Plastics operates a 45,000 sq-ft facility in Newton Falls, OH and a 48,000-sq-ft facility in El Paso, TX, with injection molding machines ranging in clamp force from 55 to 725 tons.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA) has named Mike Du Pont its Western Regional Technical Sales Manager, where he will cover the western U.S., in addition to Mexico and Costa Rica. Prior to joining Methods, Du Pont spent six years as director of manufacturing infrastructure at small jet engine and missile manufacturer Williams International (Ogden, UT). The company also announced a new appointment for Takuro Kakeyama, who has joined the Methods/Nakamura specialist team group in Chicago, IL. Kakeyama will assume the newly created role of sales support engineer, a newly created position to support increased demand for Nakamura products in the Midwest. Kakeyama brings more than 10 years of  experience in Nakamura engineering to his role of Midwest U.S. Nakamura Sales Support Engineer. Beginning in 2002, he joined Nakamura in Japan and from 2006-2010, he was based in Nakamura-Tome Germany.

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