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TEKNOR APEX APPOINTS HANG GAO AS NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR TPE PRODUCTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

Hang Gao

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., February 4, 2013: Hang Gao has joined Teknor Apex Company as manager of new business development for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) in the Asia-Pacific region, it was announced today by Sachin S. Sakhalkar, director of strategic marketing and new business development for the TPE Division.

Working with the TPE business manager at Singapore-based Teknor Apex Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd., Dr. Gao will manage new business development programs in China and elsewhere in the region that require close liaison with OEMs or brand owners in the U.S.

“Hang Gao’s outstanding 20-year career in plastics and chemicals includes experience in polymer research and development, application development, marketing, and sales,” said Mr. Sakhalkar. “His multifaceted understanding of plastics will enable him to provide valuable support for the international operations of our OEM customers.”

Dr. Gao comes to Teknor Apex from SABIC Innovative Plastics, where his latest position was that of sales development leader for the U.S. Northeast. He joined the company as a product technologist in 1996 when it was the plastics division of General Electric. Subsequently he led a team that developed new materials, design techniques, and improved processes; built and led cross-functional teams in two Six Sigma Black Belt projects; and served as a product marketing manager. Prior to his 16 years with SABIC / GE, he held a senior sales and technical representative position for Bayer AG in China, specializing in engineering plastics.

Dr. Gao also held research and teaching positions in plastics with the University of South Florida (Tampa), where he obtained his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry. He holds a Bachelors degree in materials science and engineering from East China University of Chemical Technology (Shanghai). He is the author of numerous papers in the field of polymer science.

He resides in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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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.