2020 Advisory Board

  • Giorgio Cabrini

    Commercial Director & Board Member MESGO S.p.A

    As member of the Mesgo Spa Board, Giorgio Cabrini helps customers in Mesgo Group providing product line strategic directions and assuring adequate customer service levels defining differentiated business models approach. As CEO of Mesgo Asia, Cabrini is responsible for the startup and the plant in Istanbul, Turkey, as well for developing Middle East and Asian countries.

    Giorgio has been working for Posa Group from 1984 until 1989, as plant manager for the silicone rubber extrusion factory.

    Than he joined Dow Corning in 1990, where has held positions in engineering, logistics, organization, production, quality, technical service and sales; then he was STI Italy service center manager from 1994 to 1997; Silicone Rubber supply chain manager for Southern Europe from 1998 to 2000; from 2001 to 2004 Cabrini was European Area Director for Engineered Elastomer Industry, member of the Global  Board; he was CEO of Multibase SA, a Dow Corning Company, from

    Cabrini has a classic education background (Latin, old Greek, philosophy, Italian literature), as well as training in finance, business, human resources, organization, marketing, and general management. He is based in Milan, Italy.

    • Italy
  • Francois De Buyl

    Principal Technical Service & Development Scientist, Silicones Elastomers Dow Silicones Belgium sprl

    François DE BUYL received his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from University of Brussels, Belgium (1991) and an MSc in Advanced Material Sciences from University of Surrey, UK (2003). He joined Dow Corning Europe in 1991 and worked on various silicone based materials development and applications, such as, e.g., silicone sealant & adhesives, organosilanes, thermoplastics and rubbers reinforcements, coatings, before joining the Dow Silicones Belgium Silicone Elastomers TS&D team back in 2011, helping lighting and optical companies using silicone in their LED lamps and luminaires designs, with products such as, e.g., optical moldable silicones, thermal interface materials, adhesives and coatings for lighting fixtures protection and assembly.

  • Oliver Franssen

    Global Marketing Expert .

    Oliver studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at RWTH Aachen / IKV in Germany and received his engineer diploma in 1990. He started his professional career 1990 at Dätwyler / Switzerland as project leader for rubber precision parts for the Automotive Industry. In 1996, Oliver joined DuPont-Dow Elastomers as Market Development Manager for Automotive. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the commercial director at Omnexus in Europe. In 2004 he joined Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Bayer Silicones) in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. In 2008 he became the Global Marketing Leader of this segment and retired from Momentive end of 2019.

  • Ralf-Urs Giesen

    Managing Director Universität Kassel – UNIpace

    Dr. Ralf-Urs Giesen studied Mechanical Engineering specialized in polymer process engineering at University of Paderborn/Germany, after that he made his PhD at the University of Kassel/Germany. In 2009 he took up employment as scientific assistant in the Institute for Materials Technology, Department Polymer Technology at University of Kassel/Germany. Currently Mr. Giesen is the managing director of the Polymer Application Center (called UNIpace) of the University of Kassel and also the head of the division Polymer Process Engineering in the department of Polymer Technology.

  • Kurt Manigatter

    Kurt Manigatter

    CEO ELMET Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH

    Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria.

    He began his career developing molds and special devices to manufacture ships and ship parts. Kurt moved into sales and marketing, which led him to a leading toolmaker/molder where he was sales and marketing director. In 1996 he started with ELMET Produktions- und Dienstleistungs Gmbh in Oftering, Austria, specializing in liquid silicone rubber tooling. Here he is co-owner and president.

  • Stefan Rönisch

    Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager LSR Aptiv

    Stefan started at Kabelwerke Reinshagen as a tool maker in 1981
    He holds a degree in Machinery  Engineering from University Wuppertal and a Degree in Since and Economics of University  Dortmund.
    He held various positions at Reinshagen and later at Delphi Automotive System in Tool & Process Engineering and Operations

    He was 7 Years Plant manager  of Delphi Wuppertal Plant and since 2013 he is responsible for Global manufacturing Engineering for LSR

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    Kathy Schmidtke

    Senior Development Engineer, Material Innovation / Backend Technology OSRAM Opto Semiconductor AG

    Kathy Schmidtke studied chemistry at Technical University of Chemnitz and received her diploma from Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. After a research study at Max Planck Institute of polymer research about organic-inorganic hybrid materials, she joined Osram Opto Semiconductors 2010. There, she is working in material development with a focus on silicone elastomers for LED applications.

    • Germany
  • Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Science & Technology Expert .

     Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about "Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc".

    He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for silicone rubber in Europe.

    From 2008 to 2019 he was Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber. He retired from DOW at the end of November 2019.



    • Germany