News briefs -- Nov. 18, 2008

Ashland unveils new management team; Atlas Materials Testing facility reacredited; Dow Automotive creates commercial transport team; DSM names Michael Effing business unit director; Jet Edge names David Anderson international sales manager; Lars Mehling named sales area manager for Menzolit Compounds; Jim Clark joins PlastiComp; Spartanics names Mike Bacon VP sales and marketing.

Ashland Inc. (Covington, Ky.) on Nov. 14 unveiled a new management structure, announced by chairman and CEO James J. O'Brien, reflecting the company's just-completed acquisition of Hercules Inc. The new management team announced by O'Brien is as follows: Lamar M. Chambers, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Robert M. Craycraft, president, Ashland Distribution; Susan B. Esler, vice president, Human Resources and Communications; Theodore "Ted" Harris, president, Global Supply Chain; Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S); and Information Technology; David L. Hausrath, senior vice president and general counsel; Dale M. MacDonald, president, Ashland Asia Pacific; Samuel J. Mitchell, president, Ashland Consumer Markets; John E. Panichella, president, Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients; Paul C. Raymond III, president, Ashland Hercules Water Technologies; Peter H. Rijneveldshoek, president, Ashland Performance Materials; and Walter H. Solomon, chief growth officer. The above-named individuals serve on the company's operating committee. O'Brien, Chambers and Hausrath also comprise the company's executive committee.

Atlas Material Testing Technology (Chicago, Ill.) announced on Nov. 11 that the focal point of its new Center of Excellence in Chicago has been audited and reaccredited to ISO 17025. The relocation of Atlas' accelerated laboratory from Miami to Chicago is complete. The full line of Atlas weathering instruments are installed and calibrated in the new 4,000-sq-ft /375-sq-m facility. The laboratory was audited by A2LA for compliance to ISO 17025 and passed with no deficiencies.

Dow Automotive (Auburn Hills, Mich.) announced on Nov. 11 that it has created a dedicated team of sales and application development experts that will focus exclusively on the interests of manufacturers serving the commercial transportation markets. The newly formed Commercial Transportation Group will provide solutions and technical expertise to Tier and OEM customers, helping them solve challenging technical issues that are driven by regulatory compliance and end-user preferences. The Commercial Transportation Group initially will concentrate on the global bus and truck segments, with a focus on solutions that provide improved vehicle durability, safety, emissions control and fuel efficiency.

DSM Composite Resins AG (Schauffhausen, Switzerland) announced on Nov. 14 that Michael Effing has been appointed business unit director. Previously Effing was vice president and general manager Textile Effects with Huntsman Corp. out of Basel, Switzerland. Prior to that, he held various management positions within the industry. Effing brings 20 years of multi-functional general management, marketing, strategic and R&D experience with global industry leaders such DuPont, Owens Corning and Johns Manville working in Europe, the U.S. and South Africa. Effing will report to Ben van Kooten, president DSM Resins.

Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn.), a manufacturer of ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet and abrasivejet systems for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, has appointed David J. Anderson as its new international sales manager. Anderson is responsible for export sales of Jet Edge waterjet UHP pumps and systems. He brings to Jet Edge 15 years of expertise in sales management, marketing, training and customer service in international and domestic business sales.

Lars Mehling has been appointed sales area manager for Menzolit Compounds. Mehling will be responsible for key account customers for the German, Netherlands, Austrian, Eastern Europe, Russian and Middle East related markets. Mehling started his carreer at Menzolit Compounds in 2002. After graduating in chemical engineering at University of Siegen, Germany, he worked in the technical service and application technology for SMC and BMC focusing on the Central European and Middle East markets.

PlastiComp LLC (Winona, Minn.), a manufacturer of reinforced polymer composites, has announced that industry veteran Jim Clark has recently taken an active role in operations. Clark’s career includes quality control and production responsibilities in the synthetic fibers and composites industries. He has held distinguished positions at Celanese Corp., Mobay Chemical Co. and Polymer Composites Inc. Drawing upon his considerable experience, Clark will work to improve the quality and purchasing processes at PlastiComp. 

Spartanics (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), a manufacturer of high-precision laser cutting machines, die cutters, plastic card punching and inspection systems, has announced the appointment of Mike Bacon as Spartanics' VP of sales and marketing. Bacon is returning to Spartanics where his previous work as western regional sales manager and international sales manager set repeated sales records for the company.