2017 Speakers

  • Ines Alonso Zapirain

    Specialty Products Leader Dynasol Group

    Bachelor degree in Chemical Sciences (Polymers Specialty) at the Universidad del País Vasco. Master in Science and Technology of polymers at the CSIC (Madrid). Technician at the Development and Technical Assistance Department in Repsol Química (1997 to 2001) for the propylene segment and extrusion applications. From 2002 to 2015, Technician at the Development and Technical Assistance Department in Dynasol (Europe and Asia), for technical compounds (TPE), adhesives and plastics modification applications. Since 2016, Specialty Products Leader in Dynasol Group.

  • Rebecca Cowles

    Staff Scientist Lord Corporation

    Rebecca Cowles is a Staff Scientist at LORD Corporation’s Erie, Pennsylvania facility. With over 25 years’ experience in product development, Cowles is one of the lead technologists responsible for the ongoing development of environmentally friendly adhesives. Cowles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gannon University. She has been published in Rubber and Plastics News Magazine and has been awarded several patents related to primers, adhesives and coatings.

  • Krijn Dijkstra

    Global Marketing Manager DSM Engineering Plastics

    Krijn Dijkstra has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering on the topic of deformation and Fracture of Nylon-Rubber Blends. He has spent his career at DSM in different functions in Research & Technology before moving to Product Management and later Global Marketing Manager. His experience is predominately in the field of Automotive with a focus on Thermoplastic Elastomers. Currently he is Global Marketing Manager for the Arnitel product line for DSM Engineer.

  • Thomas Kremser

    Scientific Staff Member Material Science B.Braun Melsungen AG

    Bachelor of Science in medical engineering (2014)
    Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Thesis:
    Fabrication of tailor-made orientation distributions of electrospun nanofibers for tissue engineering applications

    Master of Science in medical engineering (2016)
    Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Thesis:
    Correlation between relaxation behaviour of polymeric tubings and product performance in infusion therapy

    Since 2017
    Scientific staff member at Institute of Polymer Materials Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in cooperation with B.Braun Melsungen AG
    Field of work:
    Material selection in infusion therapy

  • Nobuhiro Miwa

    Technical Service Engineer Kuraray

    Nobuhiro Miwa joined Kuraray Co., Ltd. on 1, April 2001 and he joined Kuraray Europe GmbH on 19. June 2017, as a Technical Service Engineer. His activities include of Application Development, Technical Service and Regulatory and Compliance Affairs. He represents the company’s Styrenic (SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™) and Acrylic based TPEs (KURARITY™) as well as liquid Isoprene and Butadiene Rubbers (LIR and LBR). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Polymer chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan in 2001.

  • Noriyoshi Ono

    Researcher JSR Corporation

    Noriyoshi Ono is a researcher and has graduated with a Master of Engineering in Organic and Polymer Materials from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and he joined JSR Corporation in 2008. The main focus of his work is R&D of TPE materials particularly thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) and application developments.

  • Guenter Scholz

    Product Development Elastomers BASF Polyurethanes

    - Chemist by diploma education on University of Hannover/Germany
    - PhD in Polymer Chemistry on natural rubber subject in Hannover
    - 1-year postdoc at the Rubber Institute in Hannover on rubber-plasticizer interaction
    - Since 1988 in BASF Polyurethanes in Lemfoerde/Germany mainly in leading TPU Product Development, 4 years in production lead
    - 3-year delegation to BASF in Wyandotte/Detroit/US for team lead TPU Product Develoment
    - Back in Lemfoerde for team lead TPU Product Development

  • Anja Schulz

    VistamaxxTM Market Developer, EMEAF ExxonMobil Chemical

    In 1997, Anja Schulz (Helmert) graduated at the Technical University of Stuttgart, Germany with a Master Degree Diploma in Chemical Engineering.

    After positions in process engineering for extrusion and compounding, manufacturing and development Anja started in 2003 at ExxonMobil Chemical as plant support and development engineer in the European Technology Center followed by positions in customer support for polypropylene consumer goods and film application development. From there she moved to marketing communication in the Headquarter of ExxonMobil Chemical in Brussels.

    In May 2017 Anja moved to her current position in Marketing for plastics and resins. Since she has been identifying and developing new applications to promote polyethylene and polypropylene ExxonMobil Chemical resins, mainly focusing on the compounding, molding and extrusion markets. 

  • Jürgen Towara

    Senior Food Contact Expert and Head of Food Contact Consultancy Intertek Health Environment and Regulatory Services (HERS)

    Jürgen Towara is Senior Food Contact Expert and Head of Food Contact Consultancy at INTERTEK Health Environment & Regulatory Services (HERS). He has more than 17 years of experience in the regulatory field of food contact and related areas.

    Until 2009 Jürgen Towara was manager for regulatory affairs at TICONA/CELANESE, a leading producer of technical polymers. In this role he also represented TICONA in the corresponding plastics associations.

    Prior to that he was working as regulatory consultant for Infraserv Hoechst, (manufacturers and converters of plastics). In addition, he was representing these companies in national industrial associations of Germany, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and PlasticsEurope.

    Jürgen Towara studied Food Chemistry in Würzburg, graduated as Doctor at the University of Bayreuth in the Environmental Area, where he was investigating sources and transport of polychlorinated Dioxins and related compounds in the environment.