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  • Additives for Polymers March 2007

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    are safer, more cost effective, improve quality of life, and give environmental benefits, says Lewis, adding that the groups 2007 business plan will reflect the need to ensure this message reaches a wider range of industry stakeholders, including retailers and end-users. The BPFs additives group has grown substantially over the past three years and now had a broad spectrum of 31 members across manufacturing and supplying.

    Carbon black producer Columbian Chemicals Co (www.columbianchemicals.com) has appoint-ed Jae Sup Lee to the position of president and CEO. He is already a member of the companys board of directors and has served as interim presi-board of directors and has served as interim presi-dent/CEO since late September. Korean-born Lee joined Columbian in March 2006, as the senior VP joined Columbian in March 2006, as the senior VP of operations, bringing with him over 30 years of experience with DC Chemical Co, Ltd, where he held various positions in manufacturing, planning and business development, research and technol-ogy, sales and marketing.

    Plasticolors, Inc (www.plasticolors.com), a US custom colorant and chemical dispersions manu-facturer for the thermoset plastics and paint and coatings industries, recently appointed Wayde Jenkins as product development specialist. Based at company headquarters in Ashtabula, OH, Jenkins will be primarily responsible for the designing, planning and execution of product development planning and execution of product development projects within the technical department. He will projects within the technical department. He will also be responsible for directly interacting with customers and with Plasticolors engineering, technical service and sales personnel to define and develop new product opportunities that fit within the companys strategic goals.

    Dr Cecil Chappelow has joined PolyOne Corpas VP of research and innovation, and chief inno-vation officer. He comes to the company from a 29-year career at Air Products where he held a number of management positions including direc-tor of polymer chemicals and, most recently, VP technology, gases and equipment. technology, gases and equipment.

    Rockwood Holdings, Inc (www.rocksp.com) has announced the appointment of Andrew M. Ross as managing director of Rockwood Color Pigments and Services, with full responsibility for Rockwoods global colour pigments and services business, including operations in the

    USA, Germany, Italy, UK, China and Australia. He succeeds Ronald L. Rapaport, who will join Rockwoods corporate team as VP, business development. Ross joined Rockwood in 1990 and has held various management positions in colour pigments since, most recently serving as managing director for the Europe and Asia Pacific regions, based in Italy.

    Finally, Timo Holopainen has joined Finnish color-ants and tinting systems company CPS Color as CPS Color as CPS Colortechnology director. He will be responsible for the innovation management of the companys color-ants and equipment, as well as for colorants R&D.

    Axel celebrates 65th anniversary2007 marks the 65th year in business for Axel Plastics Research Laboratories. The Woodside, NY-based manufacturer is a family owned and NY-based manufacturer is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1941 by Hungarian-born research chemist Dr Rodolphe Aczl, who had immigrated to the USA in 1939. The mould release business was an outgrowth of The mould release business was an outgrowth of the non-stick coatings he developed to preserve technical laboratory glassware, which was hard to obtain during the war.

    With the explosive post-war growth of the plas-tics industry Aczls son Frank Axel, the current president, added many new products to the com-panys line, providing both release coatings and panys line, providing both release coatings and additives for thermoset and thermoplastic resins and rubber under the MoldWiz tradename. Under and rubber under the MoldWiz tradename. Under his leadership, the company has also expanded his leadership, the company has also expanded its horizons, adding distribution and technical networks in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Latin Americas and the Pacific Rim. In 1990, the com-pany also broadened its product line, adding a new brand of solvent and water-based semi-permanent mould releases marketed under the tradename XTEND. Axels third generation of family and . Axels third generation of family and management is represented by Jake Axel, Franks son, who currently serves as the companys vice president, focusing special interest on internal process enhancements, product development and process enhancements, product development and corporate productivity.

    Contact: Axel Plastics Research Laboratories, Inc, PO Box 77 0855, Woodside, NY 11377, USA; tel: +1-718-672-8300; fax: +1-718-565-7447; URL: www.axelplastics.com