01/25/2012

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IISRP to honour synthetic rubber industry leaders

Peter Boorman, who retired from Shell International in 1996, will be the recipient of the General Award and Dr. Giandomenic Stella of ExxonMobil Chemical will receive the Technical Award. Both awards will be formally presented during IISRP's 53rd AGM in Venice, Italy, the week of 16 April 2012.[image_0]Boorman is being honoured for his distinguished 45 years in the industry plus his contribution to the IISRP. He began his career with International Synthetic Rubber (ISR) in the UK in 1966. In 1983, ISR was acquired by Enoxy Chemicals, from where he moved to Shell International. In Shell's elastomer Business, he had a number of increasing managerial responsibilities until his retirement in 1996. During this time he made numerous contributions to the industry with the most significant being the expansion of the IISRP into Russia. He campaigned for the Russian SR Industry leading to the membership of Syntezkachuck, the Russian association of SR producers. This later materialised as three IISRP members from Russia. Boorman served as IISRP Treasure and also President International. During his later service he led the IISRP through its restructuring process, further strengthening the IISRP. Boorman is the principal at PEB Consultants, a business he founded in 1996, conducting services for the synthetic rubber and ancillary industries, particularly in the development of the use of multi-trip metal packaging as a replacement for wood.[image_1_right]Stella joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1974, in the Brussels Technology Center (BTC), in the Rubber Technology organisation. He developed a broad expertise at BTC as he has held a number of technical and managerial positions in the process, products and applications development areas related to ExxonMobil Chemical's elastomers families - EPDM/Vistalon, Butyl, Plastomers/Exact and functionalised products/Exxelor. He was instrumental in correlating the EPDM polymer structures with compounds processability and performance, and has developed theories to model the resulting rubber compounds behaviours and attributes. Specifically, he first proposed a theory for the incorporation of carbon black during the mixing cycle. Then, in the mid 1990's, he developed the productivity gain theory for the EPDM bimodal grade technology. In addition, he participated in the development of the metallocene technology, including grades and market development of this new family of EPDM products.



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