News briefs -- Jan. 20, 2009

High Modulus names Gary Brownrigg general manager of its Queensland, Australia operation; Spartech names Tim Hamilton director of marketing development; PolyOne launches Chinese-language version of its website.

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High Modulus (Queensland, Australia) has named Gary Brownrigg general manager of its Australian operation, located in Loganholme, Queensland. Brownrigg joins High Modulus from Scimitar Marine, a builder catamarans, where he has spent the past 10 years, most recently as production manager. Brownrigg has 20 years experience in the marine industry and has been involved with production and custom vessels as a hands-on builder and in various management roles.

Spartech Corp. (St. Louis, Mo.), a producer of engineered thermoplastic sheet materials, thermoformed packaging, polymeric compounds and concentrates and engineered product solutions, has hired Tim Hamilton as director of marketing development. Hamilton most recently held executive positions at Stepan, Dow Chemical and Rohm & Haas Chemical Co. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Master of Science from Purdue University in Chemical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science from Bethany College.  

PolyOne Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio) has announced the launch of a Chinese-language version of the company’s global web site, The addition of simplified Chinese to the company’s web site will extend access to up-to-date product and technical information as well as news and events. When Web users navigate to the site, it site will automatically display in Chinese or English, depending on which language the visitor has set in his or her browser. Visitors can also toggle between languages with one click.