2018 Speakers

  • Claudia Berghammer

    Senior Marketing Manager Wacker Chemie AG

    Claudia Berghammer is Senior Marketing Manager at Wacker Chemie AG. After her degree in Business Administration at the University of Florence (Italy), she started her career as Marketing Manager in the chemical industry and became a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. In 2011 she joined Wacker, where she held different Marketing positions in the field of Silicone Elastomers. Since 2015, she is responsible for Liquid Silicone Rubber and the Market Segment Automotive.

  • Patrick Beyer

    R&D Scientist Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH

    Patrick Beyer studied chemistry at the University of Mainz, Germany, where he obtained his PhD in 2007 in polymer chemistry with a thesis on "Liquid Crystalline Elastomers". In 2007 he joined the Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH in Wiesbaden/Germany, where he is working as an R&D Scientist in the field of Liquid Silicone Rubber. In this role he is leading research and development of new LSR and Fluoro LSR technologies, as well as supporting commercialization of these products into various markets and applications.

  • 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.

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  • Michael Drach

    Elastomer Injection Moulding Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), Aachen University

    Michael Drach studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University with focus on plastics technology (Bachelor and Master). He wrote his master thesis on simulation and process development of a variothermal cold runner system for elastomer injection moulding.

    Career (2016 until now)

    Since July 2016, he has been working as a research assistant at the Institute of Plastics Processing at the RWTH Aachen University. He is employed in the department of Extrusion and Rubber Technology, where he is involved in topics of rubber extrusion and rubber injection moulding.

    Current research focus

    Development of an optimized screw design for silicone extruder considering the rheological behaviour of the materials.

  • Oliver Franssen

    Global Marketing Director Elastomers Transportation Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    Oliver Franssen 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. Since 2008 he is the Global Marketing Director of this segment.

  • Dr. Thomas Frese

    Manager Technical Marketing Wacker Chemie AG

    Thomas Frese holds a Master’s Degree (Dipl. Chem.) and PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) with an emphasis on Polymer Physics. After his university studies in Gießen and Marburg, he spent a couple of years in different positions at university and industry. Thomas Frese started to work with Liquid Silicone Rubber when he joined Wacker in 2006. During his career, he has held various positions in the field of LSR comprising research and product development, platform management and technical marketing.

  • Dr Pierre Germain

    Secretary General CES - Silicones Europe

    Pierre GERMAIN (pge@cefic.be), CES – Silicones Europe’s Secretary-General, holds a PhD in Chemistry from UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain). He started his carrier as an assistant at the UCL, then joined Dow Corning in 1988 where he occupied different positions in Research & Development and as a Process Engineer in Belgium and the USA.  In 2002 he joined Dequachim, a Chemical SME active in the aluminum Chemistry, as General Manager. He has been working since 2007 at Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council), where he is currently managing the CES – Silicone Europe Council. He is also the Technical Manager of ReconSile (REACH consortium of the silicone industry), the manager of Cefic Resins Cluster and a member of the CTP (Centre Terre et Pierre) board on the behalf of the UCL.

  • Carlo Gessert

    Works Manager EMDE MouldTec GmbH

    1989-2000 mouldmaker, 2000-2002 advanced technical college entrance qualification and state certified engineer of design and construction, 2002-2004 mould designer LSR, 2004 till now head mould making department at EMDE MouldTec GmbH

  • Ted Johnson

    Senior Staff Chemist Elkem Silicones

    Ted Johnson has a B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta.  He has worked in the field of silicone rubber for over 40-years.  He has worked in areas product development of HCR (high consistency rubber for both molding and extrusion.  He spent 13 years as a technical service representative and product development chemist for LSR (liquid silicone rubber).  Prior to that he spent 4 years as a marketing manager for silicone rubber in the automotive and wire and cable markets.  Mr. Johnson joined Elkem in November of 2016. 

  • Dr Marc Kreye

    Materials Technology Polymers, Deputy Groupleader Group Powertrain and Chassis Volkswagen

    2006-2010 at Continental AG - Chemist, Compound Development, Material Development Tires (R&D tires). 2010-2012 Portfolio Manager (truck tires), Product Development, 20112-2016 at Volkswagen AG, Senior Specialist in Materials Technology Polymer, Group Powertrain and Chassis (Quality Volkswagen Brand), 2016-today Sub-Department Leader (Deputy) Materials Technology Polymers. 

  • 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.

  • Svenja Marl

    Scientific Assistant UNIpace

    Svenja Marl studied chemistry at the University of Paderborn/Germany (B.Sc.) and Polymer Science at the University of Bayreuth/Germany (M.Sc.). In 2015 she took up employment as scientific assistant in the Polymer Application Center UNIpace in the institute for materials technology, department polymer technology at the University of Kassel/Germany. There she works in the field of silicone rubber foaming in the injection molding process and with LSR-thermoplastic composites. 

  • Armin Mattes

    Senior Area Sales Manager Engel

    Armin Mattes was born on 01st March, 1971, in Linz, Upper Austria / Austria. 1985 – 1990       commercial academy in Perg (Upper Austria / Austria). 1990 – 1994       ENGEL AUSTRIA / Area Sales Manager Automation. 1994 – 1996       LOEWE OPTA / Sales Representative Western Austria. 1996 – 2000       ENGEL AUSTRIA / Area Sales Manager Germany. 2000 – 2005       ENGEL AUSTRIA / Product Manager ENGEL Software Products. Since 2005  ENGEL AUSTRIA / Area Sales Manager ELAST/LIM/THERMOSET Machines

  • 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

  • Wolfgang Roth

    Manager Applications Engineering Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH

    Wolfgang ROTH studied plastics technology at the Higher Technical School for plastics engineering in Vienna (Austria) and Business Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wr. Neustadt (Austria).

    He started his professional career in 1990 at aircraft company Diamond Aircraft (Austria) as an engineer in the dept. for glass fibre reinforced components.

    Since joining Battenfeld in 1991, Mr. Roth was active in the application dept., R&D and he was the product manager for LIM (Liquid Injection Moulding).

    Since 2006 he is the Manager for Applications Engineering and Exhibitions at Wittmann Battenfeld.

    2009: Graduation in Product Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt.

  • Manuel Schmellenkamp

    Technical Sales Manager SIGMA Engineering GmbH

    Mechanical Engineer, focus Plastics, since 2007 with SIGMA Engineering, specialized on injection molding for all material classes (plastics, thermosets, elastomers).

  • Nils Spier

    Project Manager Systems HF Mixing Group

    Nils Spier studied mechanical engineering and business administration with focus on plastics technology and especially elastomer technology at the RWTH Aachen University. Joining the HF mixing group in April of 2015 as a process engineer, Mr Spier gained experience in the compounding of HTV silicones.

    In 2017 he changed to the systems department at HF. There he takes care of the project management and engineering of elastomer mixing lines.

  • Pascal Spohn

    Applications Engineer Arburg

    Pascal is an Applications Engineer at Arburg where he has worked since 2016. Previous to this he studied for a Bachelor of Engineering in Plastics Technology at the Cooperative State University, DHBW Stuttgart and worked as a tool mechanic.

  • Clemens Trumm

    Global Manager Application Development Center Momentive Performance Materials

    Clemens Trumm is the global manager of the Application Development Center for elastomers at Momentive Performance Materials in Leverkusen. His background is processing engineer for plastics. Clemens started working with liquid silicone rubbers in 1997. Before this he worked on plastic injection molding projects as well as in a research and development role in the high voltage market. Since 2001 he leads a global acting team focused on new applications and processing technologies for LSR.

  • Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH

    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.

    Since 2008 he is Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber.

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  • Rick Ziebell

    Vice President of Technology R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Rick A. Ziebell, is a Graduate of Chemical and Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic University with advanced studies in Polymer Science and is a multiple patentee in silicone rubber technology. With over thirty years of experience in both rubber fabrication and raw material technologies, he lectures the accredited Two-Semester Basic Rubber Technology Course for The Los Angeles Rubber Group (TLARGI) and the Advanced Rubber Technology courses for ACS Rubber Division. He holds the position of Vice President of Technology & Innovation at R.D. Abbott Company, a leading supplier of rubber polymers and chemicals in North America.

  • Johannes Ziegler

    Team Manager Material Development Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

    Degree in plastics and rubber engineering, University of applied Science in Wuerzburg, 2013

    10/2013 – 7/2017: Project Manager at Center Smart Materials

    8/2017 – now: Team Manager Material Development at Center Smart Materials