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HEXPOL Appoints New Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
Jim Stevens has been promoted to Controller of HEXPOL
Engineered Products as of October 25, 2019. This change will support strategic growth
in the Engineered Products division and further diversify Jim’s involvement
across the business segment.
In his new role, Jim will use data analysis to provide
business insights that will grow the Engineered Products division.
“We are happy to share this opportunity with Jim as he has
proven himself to be a valuable asset to the HEXPOL organization. Throughout
his employment at Stellana, Jim has continued to demonstrate success through
his analytical thinking and leadership skills. I am confident that Jim will
contribute to HEXPOL’s continued development in his new role.” - Gabriela
Karlsson, Financial Director.
Jim has extensive experience in accounting, management, and
finance. Jim began his employment at Stellana in 2012 as an Accountant where he
was further promoted to Controller at Stellana US and then Director of Finance
and IT. In addition to his new responsibilities, Jim will retain his current
role and duties. Jim holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from
the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and an undergraduate degree in
Accounting from Carthage College.
Jim Stevens, Controller of HEXPOL Engineered Products
HEXPOL is a world-leading polymers group with strong global
market positions in advanced polymer compounds (Compounding), gaskets for plate
heat exchangers (Gasket), and plastic and rubber materials for truck and castor
wheel applications (Wheels). Customers are primarily system suppliers to the
global automotive and engineering industry, the construction sector, the
transportation, the energy, oil, and gas sector, the consumer sector, the cable
and wire industry, medical equipment manufacturers and manufacturers of plate
heat exchangers and forklifts. The Group is organized in two business areas,
HEXPOL Compounding and HEXPOL Engineered Products. The HEXPOL Group’s sales in
2018 amounted to 13,770 MSEK. The HEXPOL Group has approximately 4,600
employees in fourteen countries. Further information is available at
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By now, we are all aware there is a PPE shortage for many of
the workers who need protective equipment the most. One of the most talked-about
items are masks.
We are also hearing how many companies are experiencing an
extreme decline in business. A local company, PFI Fashions Inc., took what
could be a negative situation and used their open capacity to make a very
positive impact on their local community. Jodie and Billy Joe Todd, owners of PFI, took it upon themselves
to begin manufacturing masks for those in need. Located in Genoa City, WI the full-service company specializes in screen printing, promotional products, and embroidery.
Within the course of a week,
they have completely shifted their production focus to making washable, cotton
face masks. They have been generously donating them to Aurora Hospital, local
EMTs, and the other essential workers who need them the most.
Because of their hard work, we were able to purchase masks
to keep our employees safer at Stellana. We want…
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manipulation robot, has found a niche in e-commerce order fulfillment. Its
robots use highly advanced computer vision and perception technology combined
with an articulated robot arm on a mobile base to autonomously navigate
warehouse aisles, picking and transporting products just like a human. Our Task
IAM Robotics turned to us for our polyurethane expertise.
The company tasked us with the job of providing a wheel material suitable for the
typical usage and environments of their mobile picking robots, named SwiftTM.
The company designs their robots to work
around the clock, continuously moving on the floors of warehouses and
distribution centers. Its charging system only requires a 30-second change
about once a shift, avoiding any lengthy downtime. The continuous operation made
localization a key consideration when selecting wheels for the Swift robots. The Swift™ Robot Swift works like a
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arrive at your household? For some of us, you could even ask how many times a
day do packages arrive at your house? Buying habits and expectations have been changing
for some time now, and these trends are forcing warehousing and manufacturing
operations to adapt. There is little to no room for downtime, and forklift wheels
and tires play a crucial role in keeping things moving during the seasonal
peaks and shopping holidays such as Cyber Monday. Current Climate in the World of
Ecommerce trends are making order
fulfillment more complex. In general, consumers are placing smaller orders more
frequently. With the ease of online ordering, it is not unusual that someone
places an order, then a few hours later, places another order with an additional
item they forgot. With a just few clicks, a passing thought can become a
purchase. Seamless operations provide the ultimate convenience for the purchaser,
but behind the scenes with each order, invento…