2016 Speakers

  • Jinish Doshi

    Junior Product Manager AKRO Plastic GmbH

    Jinish is a Polymer Engineer and has graduated with a M.Sc. in Polymer Technology from University of Applied Sciences, Aalen in the year 2009.

    He is working as a Junior Product Manager at Akro Plastics GmbH in Niederzissen, Germany since September 2015. Prior to this, he has worked in a techno commercial domain at A. Schulman Plastics India Pvt. Ltd. and Lubrizol Advanced Materials India Pvt. Ltd. In total, he has 9 years of work experience in the plastics industry. 

  • Patrick Ellis

    Associate Consultant Smithers Rapra

    Patrick Ellis qualified at the Borough polytechnic as a Plastics Technologist in 1959. He worked for Shell Chemicals first in the field of epoxy resins and later in the development of expanded polystyrene. He left Shell in 1963 to join Borg-Warner Chemicals, where he was responsible for the development of wide ABS sheet, particularly for small marine craft. In 1970 he joined GEP as Area Sales Manager and in 1972 he moved Monsanto to develop their position in the European automotive industry. In 1976 he joined Hercules Europe as Technical Manager responsible for injection and blow moulding PP business.

    When Hercules and Montedison formed Himont, he was appointed European Market Development Manager. Later Neste Chemicals bought the Himont Belgium operation, when was asked to become part of Neste Polypropylene as Business Development Manager. In 1991, he left Nest to set up his own consultancy business, where he has carried out numerous single and multi-clients’ studies on polyolefins processes and catalysts, compounding of polyolefins and thermoplastics elastomers, as well as a number of global elastomer studies. He has recently finished a global elastomer study for Smithers and as well as one on global thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and another on the European market for fibre reinforced thermoplastics (FRT).

    • France
  • Jan Tom Fernhout

    Senior Applications Development Specialist - TPE Division Teknor Apex

    Jan Tom Fernhout, Senior Application Development Specialist at Teknor Apex TPE Division.

    Jan Tom obtained Bachelor Degrees in Chemical & Process Engineering at the “Hogeschool van Amsterdam” and Polymer Engineering at the “Hogeschool van Utrecht”.

    In his professional career, Jan-Tom has always been involved in Material and Application Development. Starting his career at DSM, he has worked for several businesses like Styrenics, Polyolefins and TPE’s since 1985; also for different market segments like E&E, Appliances and Automotive. Since 2010 he works for the TPE Division of Teknor Apex in Europe.

    His focus lies on optimising polymer/compound processing and part design, to enable optimal part performance. This has resulted in several successful projects e.g. in thermoset rubber replacement for Industrial and Automotive applications.

  • Timo Gebauer

    Chief Technical Officer SIGMA Engineering GmbH

    Mr. Timo Gebauer has 8 years of experience in the field of plastic processing.  His functional experience includes: Engineering, product management, management

    His employment history is as follows:

    University of Delaware, 2006 Research assistant

    RWTH Aachen University, 2007 Research assistant

    SIGMA Engineering GmbH, 2009 Application Engineer

    SIGMA Engineering GmbH, 2012 Product Manager of the software SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding

    SIGMA Engineering GmbH, 2015 Chief Technical Officer of SIGMA Engineering GmbH

  • Radhashyam Giri

    Assistant Professor Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology

    Dr. Radhashyam Giri is presently working as an Assistant Professor of the Plastics Engineering Department CIPET Ahmedabad. In 2004, he received his master of science (M.Sc) in industrial chemistry from Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Orissa, India. He received Master of Technology (M.Tech) degree in Plastics Engineering and Technology in 2007 from CIPET, Biju Pattanaik University of Technology (BPUT) Rourkela, Orissa, India. Dr. Giri received Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India in 2012 on the topic “Electron Beam Irradiation of blends of LLDPE and PDMS rubber and LDPE-PDMS rubber”. Dr. Giri has nine international peer reviewed journal papers, one book chapter, one book published in LAP-LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, 24 international oral conference papers on his credit and five more papers are in the pipeline. Apart from this Dr. Giri has so many achievements towards academic & research activity:

    Received R & D Institution runner up 5th NATIONAL AWARDS FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION in Petrochemical and downstream Plastic Processing Industry from Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon'ble Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India on 21st February, 2015 at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru.

    Editorial Board member for the esteemed journal, International Journal of Engineering Development and Research (IJEDR).

    Review member of esteemed journal, International Journal of applied polymer science (Wiley Inter science journal). Review member of esteemed International Journal Radiation physics & Chemistry (ELSEVIER journal).

    6th Session Chairperson in 4th international conference on Silicone elastomers 2011, 30-31 march 2011, Cologne, Germany.

    DST Govt. of India Young Scientist award for the International Travel Support Scheme (ITS) as a Invited Speaker, 4th International Conference on Silicone elastomers 2011, Cologne, Germany 30-31 March (2011).

    I I T Kharagpur, India  awarded  for the International Travel Support Scheme (ITS) as a Invited Speaker, 4th International Conference on Silicone elastomers 2011, Cologne, Germany 30-31 March (2011).

    Received 485, 00 EUR as author’s fee from RFP (technical paper for the international rubber fibres and plastics industry, in English) Germany as a best paper. 

  • Wilfried Hatke

    Manager Marketing & Sales Europe Topas Advanced Polymers

    Wilfried Hatke is responsible for the European marketing & sales activities of TOPAS Advanced Polymers located in Frankfurt.  He studied chemistry at the Universities of Dortmund, Marburg and Santa Barbara. He received a Ph. D. degree in polymer chemistry at the Philipps University Marburg and joined the Central Polymer Research Department of Hoechst AG in 1991. After an expatriate assignment with Hoechst Celanese Corporation in Summit he started working on Cyclic Olefin Copolymers in 1993, where he held several positions in R&D and marketing. Since 2006 he is responsible for the European TOPAS M&S department.

  • Stefan Karis

    Sales Manager Kraton

    Stefan Karis joined Kraton Polymers in 2003 as Sales Manager DACH for the compounding channel. He held several positions in Sales & Marketing and became a member of the Sales Development team in 2014. Prior to his engagement at Kraton Polymers he served in various commercial functions at Minnesota Rubber Europe, Vossloh Rail Fastening and TTC Engineering.

  • Christin Kiehle

    Junior Manager Label Leaflet Design Medical Device B.Braun Melsungen AG

    Since 02/2016: B.Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen, Germany - Junior Manager Label Leaflet Medical Devices                                                      

    Since 03/2013: TU Dresden and IPF Dresden e.V., Dresden - PhD student; Germany

    07/2012 – 12/2015: B.Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen, Germany - PhD student / research assistant;
    Topic: “Morphology-property relationships and resulting properties in application of thermoplastic elastomers as tubing in medical infusion systems”

    10/2010 – 06/2012: Diploma 2 (similar to Master) in mechanical engineering at University of Kassel, Germany and Diploma Thesis 2 at B.Braun Melsungen AG

    10/2005 – 12/2010: Diploma 1 (similar to Bachelor) in mechanical engineering at University of Kassel, Germany and Diploma Thesis 1 at B.Braun Melsungen AG

  • Thomas Köppl

    Manager of Central Technology and Development Center HEXPOL TPE

    Thomas Köppl is Manager of Central Technology and Development Center in the HEXPOL TPE group. He studied Material Science at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and did his PhD at University Bayreuth where he followed up with polymer science and plastics engineering. He worked in the polymer foam industry before joining HEXPOL TPE in 2015. The main focus of his work is group developments based on global market needs as well as R&D based on new raw materials.

  • Ines Kuhnert

    Head of Group Primary Shaping Process and Simulation Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden

    Ines Kühnert is Research group leader of Primary Shaping Processes and Simulation at Leibniz-Institut fuer Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. in Dresden (IPF Dresden), Germany. Her research profile is based on experiences in polymer material and processing development for industrial applications with current focus on:

    • multi-material and assembly injection molding
    • micro injection molding
    • process induced morphology in polymer-polymer or polymer-metal-interfaces
    • development of testing methods to measure bonding strength
    • process simulation – influence of material data

    Before joining IPF Dresden she worked as head of research group Thermoplastic Processing at the Institute of Polymer Technology (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg). She studied and did her PhD on Interfaces during multi-polymer injection molding at Chemnitz University of Technology.

  • Robert Peels

    Volatility Specialist Flostock

    Robert Peels is a Volatility Specialist. In 2011 he started a company called Flostock based on the revolutionary modeling technique that he developed for DSM  during the crisis. Flostock is now providing stock & flow analyses for many volatile industries, including petrochemicals, oil, agriculture, housing, macroeconomics, labor and semiconductors. Robert has presented his novel insights at numerous conferences and published about it in many journals and magazines including ICIS Chemical Business, the Financial Times; and the International Journal of Production Economics. He works and lives mostly in the Netherlands. 

  • Günter Prautzsch

    Mechanical Engineer AKRO Plastic GmbH

    Currently working at AKRO Plastic GmbH in the field of business development in E&E industry and other non-auto markets.

    Has had positions in DuPont, Krauss-Mafffei, Avery Dennison, A.Schulman and Ascend.

  • Meike Rubach

    Project Manager New Business TPE Actega

    2008-2011: Bachelor degree in Chemistry:  Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    2011-2014: Master degree in Business Chemistry: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

    Master thesis in cooperation with ALTANA: Cross-divisional growth strategy based on the example of adhesion promoting components in TPE for the medical device market


    2005/2006 Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
    2013 Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, Liaoning, China

    2014 – today: Actega DS GmbH: Project Manager New Business TPE

  • 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

  • Paul Shipton

    Consultancy Director Smithers Rapra

    Paul manages Smithers Rapra European plastics and rubber consultancy operation.  He has 25 years’ experience in plastic materials formulation, product manufacture and product development. 

    He has led the technical development of a number of successful plastics consumer and industrial products. Paul specialises in problem solving, product manufacturing process improvement and adding “know how” to clients’ businesses. Paul has built up a specialised consultancy practices in medical devices, automotive component and construction related polymer applications.

    He practises as an expert witness in litigation and criminal cases involving polymer technology.

    Before working at Smithers Rapra he ran his own Plastics and Management Consultancy businesses.

  • Janice Tardiff

    Elastomer Material Technical Expert and Elastomer Research Team Leader Ford Motor Company

    Ms. Tardiff is an Elastomer Material Technical Expert and Elastomer Research Team Leader at Ford Motor Company, working as a member of the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering staff.  She holds an advanced degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.  She has been at Ford Motor Company for 23 years, conducting project work focused primarily on developing and implementing advanced materials technologies into automotive materials.  Her positions within Ford have varied from Research to Manufacturing, giving her experience in the development, implementation, and maintenance of new technologies in the automotive industry.

    Current project interests include advanced tire material and test development to improve elastomer performance in automotive parts and tires, as well as the use of sustainable materials such as bio-oils, recycled rubber, and natural rubber alternatives in elastomer materials.

  • Lien Telen

    Postdoctoral Researcher KU Leven

    Lien Telen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven in Belgium. She obtained her PhD in chemistry in 2015 working on Wheat Gluten based thermoplastic vulcanisates and continuous working on these materials up to today. Today she has an innovation mandate from the Flemish Agentschap voor Innoveren & Ondernemen with the ultimate goal to start a spin-off company in 2017 based on these materials.

  • Yosuke Uehara

    Technical Service Engineer Kuraray

    Yosuke Uehara joined Kuraray Co., Ltd. on 1. April 2008 and he joined Kuraray Europe GmbH on 16. November 2016, as a Technical Service Engineer.  His working fields are situated in the interface of R&D/Production in Japan and the customers in Europe. 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 holds a Master degree in Organic and Polymer Materials from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.