Madrid, Spain – Brian Chapman, general manager of the elastomers business unit of Kuraray America Inc. has been elected as president international of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) for the year 2018 – 2019.
In a 4 June press release, the IISRP said that the election was held during the association’s 59th annual general meeting 9 May.
Chapman succeeds Enrico Lucchese, who now becomes the Institute’s past – president international.
Chapman has extensive experience in the polymer industry and holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in south Bend, Indiana.
He joined Kuraray in 2003 with the role of manager of technical service and development in the elastomer business unit of Kuraray America.
Chapman will also serve as president of the Americas section.
Other members elected to the institute executive committee for the year 2018 -2019 are:
Brad Ioerger of Goodyear Tire and Rubber, vice-president, Americas section
Larisa Bondar of Sibur, president EMEA section
Abdullah Al-Otaibi of SABIC, vice president EMEA section
Hayato Hirano of JSR Corp., president Asia Pacific section
Jong-Hoon Baek of Kumho Petrochemical Co., vice-president Asia Pacific section
Hendrick Lam of TSRC, member of the Finance Pension & Audit Committee.
Ralf Irmert of Trinseo, member of the Finance Pension & Audit Committee.
Juan Ramon Salinas, IISRP managing director, assistant treasurer, and recording secretary.
The IISRP is an international not-for-profit trade association with more than 60 corporate members, representing about 75% of the world's supply of synthetic rubber.
Incorporated in 1960 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, the institute supports section offices in Milan, Tokyo, and Beijing.