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People (September 01, 2005)

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Magna appoints North American powertrain president...

Magna appoints North American powertrain president

Starting September 2005, Greg Deveson will take on the position of president at Magna Powertrain North America, Magna International Inc.

Magna Powertrain Inc. is based in Concord, Ont., while its parent company, Magna International, is headquartered in Aurora, Ont. Magna Powertrain also has an office in Austria.

“I have known Mr. Deveson for a long time, particularly from our previous co-operation in the Saab 9(3) program at Magna Steyr as well as from the Fiat-GM powertrain joint venture,” said Herbert Demel, president of Magna Powertrain. “He brings vast experience in the powertrain business, especially in the area of operations, to our management team.”


National Plastics Hall of Fame announces posthumous members

The National Plastics Hall of Fame inducted five new posthumous members. They are Edwin F. Bushman, Denes B. Hunkar, Thomas J. Morton, Jr., Giulio Natta and Alexander Parkes. For the first time, nominations for non-U.S. citizens were accepted and two members from outside the United States have been selected for induction.

Edwin F. Bushman had a long career in the development and patenting of products in a variety of fields and was an early pioneer in acrylic and fibreglass products. Denes B. Hunkar was known for his innovations in process control, particularly in blow molding and injection molding. Thomas Morton, Jr., with Jack Bauer, developed the See-Deep process, a method of decorating the back surface on clear molded parts. Giulio Natta, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1963, was an expert in the field of high polymers used in the manufacturing of film, fibre and synthetic rubber. Alexander Parkes created the first man-made plastic material in 1862, which he called Parkesine.


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