Collaboration with the aviation design community and other strategic markets is a cornerstone of SEKISUI KYDEX services. Due to their evolving and growing markets, they are excited to share the evolution of their aviation and design teams.

SEKISUI KYDEX is pleased to announce the promotion of Ben Smalley to Director of Aviation and Design. Smalley has over six years of experience in the aviation interiors industry, a passion for innovation, and has developed strong relationships in the design community through engagement with the SEKISUI KYDEX service brands. Smalley is a notable example of re-invention and his elevated leadership in many areas of the SEKISUI KYDEX business make him uniquely suited to take on this role. 

Ben Smalley

“I am excited to continue to support and enhance our designLab® services to our existing customers, as well as extend the same customer experience to additional markets outside of aviation,” said Smalley.

In addition, Anne Rupp has been promoted to Aviation Business Coordinator to help drive the growing SEKISUI KYDEX aviation business. Rupp is passionate about the aviation market and has years of experience supporting strategic aviation partners as a Customer Collaboration Specialist and Inside Sales Representative. This is an opportunity for Rupp to leverage her expertise to provide an even better customer experience.

Anne Rupp
Becky Gallup

Becky Gallup has transitioned from Senior Graphic Artist for Infused Imaging™ to Senior CMF Design Artist. As the SEKISUI KYDEX business has evolved, Gallup developed her design skills beyond graphic design. She has expanded her expertise to all aspects of CMF (colour, material, finish), including translucent and backlit materials, decorative textures, surfaceGrip™ and exciting developments to come. She will guide SEKISUI KYDEX design partners by helping turn their inspiration to reality.

Karyn McAlphin will support the designLab® as Creative Design Lead. Karyn has an extensive history as a marketing team leader for a major airline. Karyn engages with designers and aviation customers to drive innovation. In her new role, she will continue to build relationships and stay abreast of new and innovative design trends.

Karyn McAlphin

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SEKISUI KYDEX innovates and creates sustainable thermoplastic material solutions for the next generation of product design. SEKISUI Chemical’s corporate commitment to Speed, Service, and Superiority is realized through the KYDEX® Thermoplastics business model of manufacturing bespoke materials with short lead times in small quantities. This Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) model at three manufacturing campuses expands beyond thermoplastic sheet. The KYDEX® portfolio also includes injection molding resins, proprietary Infused Imaging™ technology, integral special effects, unique textures, and custom products and design. The SEKISUI KYDEX appLab™ and designLab® Innovation Centers are collaborative spaces for clients and customers to bring the supply chain together for rapid prototyping and design development. These spaces are the bridge between engineering and art. More than 300 dedicated professionals in Bloomsburg, PA, and Holland, MI, working with a global network of sales and distribution partners, are committed to delivering more than their customers can imagine. Visit for more information.