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TEKNOR APEX PROMOTES DR. GERT JOLY TO EUROPEAN R&D MANAGER FOR THE THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER DIVISION

Dr. Gert Joly

OLDBURY, WEST MIDLANDS, UK, October 17, 2011: Teknor Apex Company has promoted Dr. Gert Joly to the position of R&D manager for the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division in Europe, it was announced today by Simon Hubbard, managing director of the company's European operations.

Dr. Joly will lead the European product and application development team for the Sarlink�, Monprene�, Elexar�, and other Teknor Apex TPE brands.

"Gert's expertise includes both styrenic TPEs and the thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) elastomers that we produce under the Sarlink brand," said Mr. Hubbard. "He has worked in all phases of TPE technology, including research, product development, application development in support of customers, and compound manufacture."

Gert Joly's involvement with TPEs began in 1998 when he joined Shell Chemical Company and worked on product development and technical service for the Kraton SEBS range. He joined DSM in 2006 as European product development manager for Sarlink compounds. In 2008 he became manufacturing manager, and he continued in that position after Teknor Apex acquired the Sarlink business in late 2010. During that period, construction of a new Sarlink TPV plant took place in Genk, Belgium.

Dr. Joly holds a PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

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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.