Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has named Jim Mitchell to a newly created position of executive
officer - global key accounts and business development. In this position, Mitchell will work with all the worldwide plastics machinery divisions of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and its parent company, Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI), on key global accounts. He will also work with these divisions on strategic business development, including efforts to expand the company's global footprint in existing and emerging markets. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mitchell has worked in the plastics industry since 1983, starting at Tupperware's facility in Jerome, ID. From 1990 to 1997, he worked for injection molding companies in positions ranging from process engineering to management. He ran a plastics equipment sales agency that represented Sumitomo Plastics Machinery from 1997 to 2000, and subsequently joined the company in 2000. During his 12 years with Sumitomo, he advanced through the company, holding the positions of Regional Sales Manager, Business Development Manager and Vice President of Sales. Since 2009, he served as Executive Vice President for the U.S. operations of both Demag Plastics Group and Sumitomo.
Teknor Apex Europe has appointed Christopher G. Smith to the position of new business development and technical project manager for non-automotive TPE markets. Smith will focus on projects in market areas of strategic importance to Teknor Apex Europe, including consumer products and medical devices. In these sectors, the company has introduced to the European marketplace two broad families of TPEs: Medalist medical elastomers and Monprene styrene block copolymer-based compounds. Smith spent four years as an application development specialist for Teknor Apex, initially entering the plastics industry in 1989 and spending 10 years in tooling design for Fylde Precision Toolmakers. Subsequently he held design engineering and project management positions at Synventive, Magna Automotive, and Husky Injection Molding Solutions
MMI Engineered Solutions, an engineering company focused on material handling and lightweighting, has named Doug Callahan as president and COO. Prior to joining MMI-ES, Callahan served as VP engineering for Wisconsin based injection molding and extrusion company, MPC Inc. (Walworth). MMI-ES says its knowledge of advanced composites and engineered resins is applied in transportation, defense, food processing, alternative energy, and medical devices.