2019 Speakers

The following experts presented at the 2019 conference:

  • Dipl.-Ing. Heiko Bayerl

    Marketing Manager Elastomers Automotive Europe Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    Heiko Bayerl studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (Märkische Fachhochschule Iserlohn during this time) and received his engineering degree in 1989. He started his professional career 1989 at Bakelite AG in Iserlohn as Application Development Engineer for Thermosetting Molding Compounds. He held various positions as a team leader in Technology and Marketing. Focus of his activities was the substitution of metals by thermosetting plastics in automotive applications.

    In 2006 Heiko Bayerl joined Momentive Performance Materials (during this time GE Bayer Silicones) in Leverkusen as Market Development Manager in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. Since 2008 he is the European Marketing Manager in this segment. A major responsibility is to develop business with silicone elastomers in new automotive applications together with partners in the industry network.

  • Fabian Blumenschein

    Development Engineer Merck KGaA

    Fabian Blumenschein has been a Development Engineer within Merck for 12 years with special focus on process development, continuous manufacturing and electronical devices. He is currently the Development Engineer for the technical application of laser pigments for plastics. Fabian received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Provadis School of International Management & Technology in Frankfurt am Main/Germany.

  • Patrizio Carlucci

    Head of Innovation Lab ECCO Shoes

    Patrizio Carlucci has been Head of the ECCO Innovation Lab since 2014, following 11 years as owner of an industrial design firm and four years as Industrial Design Manager for Advanced Products at adidas. 

  • Dr. Ing. Giovanni Colombo

    Sales Director COLMEC SPA

    Ing. Giovanni Colombo is Doctor in mechanical engineering; he graduated at Milan University “Politecnico” in 2011.  He is the Sales Director of Colmec SpA, a leading company in the manufacturing of extrusion and compounding equipment for  rubbers and silicones.

    Colmec spa is a company that has always worked in rubber sector, acquiring in the years an extraordinary wide competence about all refers to the working processes of rubber and silicone materials.

  • 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.

  • Anna del Pino López

    Industrial PhD Student IQS-URL’s Grup d’Enginyeria de Materials and Venair Ibérica

    Anna del Pino obtained her BS and a MS in Chemistry at IQS School of Engineering member of Universitat Ramon Lull, Barcelona, Spain. She is currently in her third year of her industrial PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at IQS-URL’s Grup d’Enginyeria de Materials and Venair Ibérica, Terrassa, Spain. Her research project explores silicone rubber vulcanization mechanism’ to ideally eliminate the post curing need as well as new silicone rubber compounds with properties and abilities that have not yet been explored further.

  • 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.

  • Vanessa Frekers

    Engineering & Manager Marketing SIGMA Engineering GmbH

    Vanessa Frekers studied Technical Communication with Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. During this time, she worked as an student worker at the IKV (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung der RTWH Aachen). After her degree (Bachelor of Science) in 2012 she started working at SIGMA Engineering in the technical marketing and support. Since 2015 she is the Marketing Manager of SIGMA Engineering.

  • Dr.-Ing. Martin Giersbeck

    Vice President Plastics Engineering, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering Robert Bosch GmbH

    Martin Giersbeck was born in Recklinghausen/Germany in 1967. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Bochum University and at Aachen Technical University. From 1995 until 1999, he was a scientific research assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at Aachen. 

    In 1999, Martin Giersbeck joined Bosch. Entering as a trainee, he held several leadership positions at the Bosch subsidiary Blaupunkt at Hildesheim for a period of 10 years. Within the field of navigation systems, his scope moved from mechanical design via project management and customer acquisition to a general responsibility for aftermarket products. 

    In 2009, Martin Giersbeck changed position to join Corporate Research and Advance Engineering of Bosch. Within this organization, he has been responsible for Plastics Engineering from April 2010 on. The department used to be located in Waiblingen, but is now part of the Research Campus of Bosch at Renningen. 

  • 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.

  • Thomas Kottler

    Project Engineer (Application Engineering Centre) Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH

    Company: Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Job title: Product Planning & Promotion (Corporate Strategy)
    Qualification: state-certified engineer

    Work experience:
    13 years in plastics industry

    Working for:

    • Household product supplier
    • Optical products supplier
    • Injection moulding machine manufacturer

    Working as:

    • Team leader process development
    • Project manager
    • Project engineer

    Thomas Kottler did his apprenticeship at an injection moulding company in Nürnberg, Germany. Second step in his career was at Eschenbach Optik GmbH, were he as team leader, was responsible for process development for optical and Silicone applications. During this time he finished the state-certified engineer in Plastic technology.

    2018 Thomas started working for Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH, one of the big injection moulding machine manufacturers in Germany, as project engineer for Application Engineering Centre. With his long background in handling LSR projects he changed 2019 to Corporate Strategy, were he got now in charge of LSR strategy&technology.

  • Wolfgang Leitner

    Film Maker iVersteh e.U.

    Wolfgang Leitner studied Automation Engineering at the university of applied sciences in Wels, Austria and received his engineer diploma in 1999. He started his professional career at TGW Logistics Group and from 2006 to 2007 he lived in Barcelona, Spain to lead the operations department. 2013 he joined ELMET where he was the sales and marketing manager and also responsible for the subsidiary in Lansing, Michigan. 2017 he founded his own company iVersteh (Austrian for “I got it”) and now helps companies to explain products and services to their customers by using animated videos.

  • Florian Lemke

    Advanced Procurement Engineer Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

    Florian Lemke studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He graduated with his Master of Science in the specialization Plastics and Textile Engineering at IKV Aachen in 2013. From 2013 until 2018, he was scientific research assistant in the field of Rubber Extrusion and in addition from 2016 until 2018 team leader of the rubber technology team at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen. 

    In 2018, Florian Lemke joined Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA as Advanced Procurement Engineer and has since then been responsible for the procurement of Accessories and Consumables for medical use. 

  • Kurt Manigatter


    Kurt Manigatter is CEO of ELMET GmbH, a worldwide well known LSR Mold-, Molding- specialist and also known as supplier for LSR dosing systems. Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Austria. He started his carrier as designer in a shipyard and was responsible for development of automation of technical processes, to build ships as automatically as possible. After 9 years empirical knowledge he changed to the mechanical industry to develop drive concepts. After additional 5 years he changed into his passion, the mold making and automation branch. 3 years he was employed at the market leader for LSR molds. He quit his job and founded ELMET GmbH. He is known as an expert for LSR solution and frequent lecturer and part of the advisory board at the silicone elastomers and molding conference.

  • Anthony Pellafol

    Laboratory Manager STERNE

    Anthony PELLAFOL studied Mechanical and industrial engineering at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts Avignon in FRANCE and received his engineer diploma in 2012. He started his professional career in 2007 as industrial designer of ancillary, used into medical industry. In 2009, he starts his engineer school in apprenticeship with STERNE. Since 2012, he is the laboratory manager of the company and he manages product and process development.

  • Wojciech Pisula

    Head of Applied Technology Silicone Evonik Industries

    Prof. Dr. Wojciech Pisula joined Evonik Industries in 2006 and after various positions in 2016 he became Director Applied Technology Silicone at the Business Line Silica. In 2005, he gained his PhD in chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and in 2015 his habilitation in material science at the Technical University of Darmstadt. From 2015 he is an Associate Professor at the Lodz University of Technology, Poland, and Editor of Synthetic Metals.

  • Laura Schilinsky

    Scientific Assistant Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

    Laura Schilinsky studied chemistry at the University of Bremen/Germany (Diploma degree in 2010). In 2011 she took up employment as scientific assistant in the department ‚Plasma Technology and Surfaces‘ at the Fraunhofer IFAM (Bremen, Germany). Since then she has worked in the field of silicone modification. In 2018 she completed a doctoral dissertation on the topic of photon-induced oxidation of PDMS.

  • Fabian Stoeger

    Ph.D. candidate OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    October 2012 – August 2015: Bachelor of Science in physics at the University of Regensburg/ August 2015 - December 2015: Studies of physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA/ February 2016 - November 2017: Master of Science in physics at the University of Regensburg/ Since January 2018: Ph.D. candidate at Osram Opto Semiconductors; supervisor Prof. Dr. Cornelius Neumann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), focus on material degradation in LEDs 

  • Hanno Storz

    COO & Co-founder STRAFFR GmbH

    Hanno Storz has an M.Sc. Mechanical engineering and business administration. He spent 4 years working as Cost Engineer at Autoliv and then 1 year working as Co-founder & COO at STRAFFR GmbH.

  • Thomas Treml

    Operations Manager NEXUS Elastomer Systems GmbH


  • Cordula Wieland

    Product Manager KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH

    After her high school graduation in Germany Cordula Wieland completed successfully an apprenticeship as an industrial business manager at Siemens AG in Munich and stayed for additional six years as conference manager. Subsequently she studied process engineering for plastics and synthetic materials at the university for applied sciences Munich and completed her studies with a diploma thesis on the subject of  “Coextrusion foils for identification cards” in a leading technology company. Positions as development engineer, project manager and finally product manager followed. Since January 2015 Mrs. Wieland is working as product and technology manager for the KraussMaffei Group and concentrates on small injection molding machines as well as on thermoset and silicone technologies.  

  • Rick Ziebell

    Vice President of Technology and Technical Fellow R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Rick is a Technical Fellow for R.D. Abbott Company and has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the rubber industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and has advanced training in Material Science. He has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. He holds several patents in silicone technology and has an ongoing instructorship in rubber technology.