Interview with Dr. Guenter Scholz from BASF

Ahead of his presentation at Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summit 2018. Guenter Scholz spoke to us about the future of the elastomers industry.

Q. Your presentation is covering new aspects of thermoplastic elastomers, what can we expect to learn from your talk?

The purpose of my presentation is to offer methods which describe the elastomeric behaviour of Thermoplastic Elastomers. These methods are not new, but I deem them suitable for use to characterise TPE. On the other hand, it’s time to adapt the nomenclature of some TPE to the state of the art. New developments in that field are coming up so fast.

Q. What do you see as the major challenges and opportunities in the TPE industry at the moment?

The TPE family is so diverse, that it is a challenge to keep all members of that material group in a clear structure. I think we have to teach about this continuously.

Q. Why do you think that delegates should attend the TPE World Summit 2018?

It is about learning, listening and networking and … networking again.

Q. What are you most looking forward to hearing about at the summit?

I am curious to see whether innovations are coming up. I am interested in all TPE materials and what is happening there.

Q. Which innovations in the TPE industry in Europe are you most excited about at the moment?

To answer less specifically, I love to see what compounders are creating to achieve certain property profiles related to customer requests. Sometimes you get the impression there seem to be no borders, what is a nonsense of course.