Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
UBQ Materials and Mercedes Benz have been named this year’s recipients of the inaugural Sustainability Award in Automotive, an award programme jointly organised by the Springer Fachmedien’s ATZ/MTZ Group and Roland Berger, in the category of Best Startup.
From next year, Lufthansa Cargo will equip its entire cargo fleet with an artificial shark skin film The AeroSHARK technology, developed by BASF, mimics the skin structure of a shark, improving the aerodynamics and lowering the fuel consumption of the aircraft.
As one of Austria’s major employers of skilled technical personnel, plastics machinery manufacturer Engel has long been a supporter of Girl’s Day, an annual event designed to broaden the awareness of the the opportunities open to girls in, among, others, the technical professions.
Packaging machinery manufacturer Multivac has joined the R-Cycle project, the German initiative aimed at enabling an open and globally applicable standard to ensure the traceability of plastic packaging throughout the value chain, from production through end of life.