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A scientist from the Netherlands and a business executive from Germany have been named 2002 recipients of the two highest awards granted by the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.

Willem Vonk, research and technical support department manager at Kraton Polymers, received the Institute's Technical Award. Ernst-August Kleinheidt, retired general manager and business group leader of Bayer AG, received the General Award. The awards were presented May 12 at the IISRP's 43rd Annual General Meeting in Naples, Italy.

Vonk was honored for his research, development and application of styrenic block copolymers as bitumen modifiers. He has made significant contributions to the improvement of storage stability that are of particular relevance to the use of SBCs in road surface applications. He has more than 10 patents and co-patents and has published extensively on road surface applications with thermoplastic elastomers.

Dr. Kleinheidt was honored for his many contributions to the synthetic rubber industry, most importantly to the IISRR Prior to his retirement in 1996, Kleinheidt had been employed by Bayer AG for 32 years.

After graduating from the University of Muenster Facility of Natural Science in 1963, Kleinheidt spent a year with Shell AG and then joined Bayer AG in its central research laboratory in Leverkusen. After spending more than two decades in various capacities, including an assignment in Brazil, he was appointed to general manager of the rubber business group in 1989 and held that position until his retirement.

It was during this period that Kleinheidt served as IISRP director representative from Bayer AG. His contributions to the IISRP include serving as treasurer from 1995 to 1996, while simultaneously contributing as an executive committee member. He also was a significant contributor to the IISRP during the mid-1990s' re-engineering effort, which led to the restructuring of the Institute.

The IISRP is an international not-for-profit trade association with 49 corporate members located in 21 countries who produce 90% of the world's supply of synthetic rubber. Incorporated in 1960 and headquartered in Houston, TX, the IISRP has support section offices in London and Tokyo.
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