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Sympatex: Dr. Rüdiger Fox awarded prize for planetary consciousness

At the end of June 2020, in the context of the “Summer of Purpose” in Munich/Germany the Club of Budapest honored Dr. Rüdiger Fox, Managing Director of the manufacturer of membranes and functional materials Sympatex Technologies GmbH, Unterföhring/Germany, with the Consciousness Price 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it took a largely digital form. Fox, also founder of the Gross Corporate Happiness Institute (GCH-Institute), Hamburg/Germany, has led a series of large and medium-sized companies to success through his employee and sustainability-centered leadership that builds on his academic research in the field of employee motivation and corporate happiness (as to be found in his book “The Business Case of Corporate Happiness”). His holistic “Gross Corporate Happiness” leadership approach aims at a consistent focus on a sustainable and meaningful purpose as well as on the well-being, empowerment and participation of all employees. The Prize which is also known as the “Nobel Prize for Planetary Action”, honors individuals who, in their sphere of personal and professional activity, have effectively exemplified and promoted the generally necessity of new consciousness in their personal and professional spheres of activity.

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BST eltromat: Jörg Westphal new Managing Director

As of June 1, 2020, Jörg Westphal has joined the management team of the engineering company BST eltromat International GmbH, Bielefeld/Germany. He will manage the businesses of the BST Group together with Dr. Jürgen Dillmann, who has been responsible for the company’s Technology field since June 1, 2018. Westphal has many years of comprehensive experience in the management of small and medium-sized companies and their international sales organizations. Most recently, he was a member of the management team at EAE Engineering Automation Electronics GmbH, Ahrensburg/Germany. On July, 2019, Westphal came to BST eltromat in the role of Manager of Service. As Managing Director, he also takes on responsibility for Sales and Marketing at the Group. Kristian Jünke, who has managed the business of BST eltromat together with Dillmann in recent years, is leaving the Group to take on other responsibilities.
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Euratex: strategy for recovery and re-election of Alberto Paccanelli as President

The European textile and clothing industry is ready to transform the crisis into an opportunity, and become more digital, sustainable and agile. Endorsed by the last General Assembly (GA) of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, the renewal will be driven by the “strategy for recovery from the Covid-19 era” together with 5 flagship initiatives in critical areas. To guide the sector towards its renaissance, the GA re-elected Alberto Paccanelli (photo) as President.
European textiles and clothing companies proved to be essential to managing the pandemic, as a great number converted to or increased the production of PPE. The last months highlighted then the necessity for the whole sector and its value chain to undergo a renewal process and enter the future more competitive and greener.
Euratex’s plan requires considerable resources and a coherent set of measures, both on short term and on a structural basis. To make the strategy tangible and concrete, the association developed 5 flagship initiatives:
• Building resilient value chains in Europe for critical PPE and other textile products.
• SMEs should upskill their existing workforce and attract well-qualified young workers and professionals.
• Investment in innovative and sustainable textiles through dedicated Public Private Partnership (PPP) at EU level.
• To establish 5 recycling hubs in Europe near textile and apparel districts and therefore make raw materials by collecting, sorting, processing and recycling post-production and post-consumption textile wastes.
• Ensure free and fair trade for the companies. A first step should be to promote the Pan Euro Med as an integrated ecosystem, and exploit market opportunities resulting from other EU FTAs.

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Cematex: new president

Ernesto Maurer has been appointed as the new President of the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, Zurich/Switzerland. He takes over from Fritz P. Mayer, who was managing partner of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, and was elected as Cematex President in 2016.
Over the next 4 years, Maurer will lead Cematex through a challenging period globally, taking in 3 major events. ITMA Asia + CITME will be held in Shanghai/China from June 12-16, 2021 – postponed from October 2020 because of Covid-19. This will be followed in 2022 by the next ITMA Asia + CITME also in Shanghai, and then by ITMA 2023 in Milan (June 8-14, 2023).
Maurer was elected at the Cematex General Assembly, on June 12, 2020. He has been President of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association (Swissmem), Zurich, since 2015, serving simultaneously as a member of the Cematex Board of Directors and its 1st Vice-President for the past 4 years.
Also elected at the General Assembly were 1st Vice-President Mikael Äremann (TMAS, Stockholm/Sweden) and 2nd Vice-President Charles Bauduin (Symatex, Brussels/Belgium).
Cematex is the official representative body for Europe’s national textile machinery associations and has been in charge of organizing the ITMA exhibitions since inaugural show in 1951, and subsequent editions in Europe, Asia and China.


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Dr. Zwissler Holding: Dr. Ulrich Zwissler dies

On June 13, 2020 Dr. Ulrich Zwissler passed away at the age of 81. He was the Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board and former CEO of the Dr. Zwissler Holding AG, Gerstetten/Germany. Dr. Zwissler played a key role in shaping the company, which also includes zwissTex GmbH, Gerstetten, and zwissSun, and led it to international success. In his decisions, he demonstrated above average, entrepreneurial far-sightedness and thereby earned the highest recognition and respect. For more than 50 years he led his group of companies and continued to accompany them as an important advisor even after he left the board.
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Alexium: appointment of new non-executive director

The specialist for high-tech coating Alexium International Group Ltd., Perth/Australia, has announced that Dr. Paul Stenson will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 15, 2020.
Stenson is the President & CEO of StanChem Polymers Inc., East Berlin, CT/USA, a manufacturer of emulsion polymers, adhesives and specialty coatings including fire retardants. With over 25 years’ experience in polymer-related industries, he has expertise in coatings, polymers and specialty chemicals with specific industry expertise in industrial, packaging, automotive coatings and specialty papers.
For nearly 18 years, he worked with Valspar Corp., Minneapolis, MN/USA, as the Technology Director of industrial coatings for North America and later Vice President for global packaging in Europe.

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