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TEKNOR APEX PROMOTES NICK SANDLAND AND ELIZABETH PONTE TO TOP SALES AND MARKETING POSITIONS FOR TPEs IN THE AMERICAS

Nick Sandland and Elizabeth Ponte

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., September 6, 2011: The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex Company has promoted Nick Sandland and Elizabeth Ponte to two new positions created to provide a strong regional focus for marketing and sales in the Americas.

Nick Sandland: Marketing and Sales Director, Americas

¡°Nick played a key role in setting up direct sales and distribution structures for our TPE business in Europe, and in the U.S. he was instrumental in launching our highly successful Medalist¢ç range of medical elastomers,¡± said Suresh Swaminathan, vice president in charge of the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division. ¡°His extensive experience with both thermoplastic vulcanizate technology and automotive sealing systems, acquired before he came to Teknor Apex, is directly relevant to our recently acquired Sarlink¢ç TPV range.¡±

A native of England, Nick Sandland joined Teknor Apex in 2006 as its European market manager for TPEs. He relocated to the U.S. in 2008 to become senior industrial market manager for TPEs. Subsequently he was senior medical market manager.

Before joining Teknor Apex, Sandland spent eighteen years in the polymer industry, including ten as a technical service chemist for Zeon Europe¡¯s range of elastomers. He served in other technical positions with Metzeler Automotive Profiles, Dunlop Precision Rubber, and Federal Mogul Sealing Systems.

After completing a six-year course at Burton Technical College in the UK, Sandland went on to Loughborough University, from which he graduated with a degree in polymer technology and materials engineering.

Elizabeth Ponte: Marketing Manager, Americas

¡°Liz brings to her new role twelve years of experience in research, engineering, sales, and marketing,¡± said Sachin Sakhalkar, director of strategic marketing. ¡°She has demonstrated a great capacity for strategic thinking and strength in developing new business.¡±

Elizabeth Ponte joined Teknor Apex in 2001 as a process engineer for the Vinyl Division; was assistant production manager for the former Rubber Division; served the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division as consumer-product market manager; and until now has been sales representative for the Bioplastics Division¡¯s Terraloy¢â compounds.

One of her positions before coming to Teknor Apex was that of quality engineer in the plastics division of Volkswagen AG in a year-long work-study program, the University of Rhode Island¡¯s International Engineering Program, in Germany.

Ponte holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Rhode Island and bachelors degrees in chemical engineering and German from that university. She speaks German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex Company is the most diversified manufacturer of TPEs, offering broad product families based on six generically distinct polyolefin, styrenic, and vulcanizate chemistries. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the division compounds TPEs at eight locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical-device, wire and cable, and other consumer and industrial product industries. Other plastics businesses of Teknor Apex include the Bioplastics, Nylon, Specialty Compounding, and Vinyl Divisions and Teknor Color Company. Visit www.teknorapex.com.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Americas: Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel:1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-866-GET-TPEs (1-866-438-8737). Fax: 1-401-728-5680. E-mail: tpe@teknorapex.com. Europe: Teknor Apex UK, Ltd., Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, England B69 4NH. Tel: 44-121-665-2100. Email: eutpe@teknorapex.com. Asia: Teknor Apex Asia Pacific, 41 Shipyard Road, Singapore 628134. Tel: 65-6265-2544. Fax: 65-6265-1821. Email: apactpe@teknorapex.com.