Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy is the Executive Vice President at Star Thermoplastics, a leading TPE solution provider in North America. Krishna is responsible for Business Development, Marketing, Innovation and Engineering.
Krishna is an independent member of Board of Directors of Zylog ElastoComp, a Pune based TPE company. Krishna served as a Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Interface (Lydall)Performance Materials. Prior to that he has held senior global technology leadership positions at PolyOne/GLS, GAF Corporation and Advanced Elastomer Systems (Santoprene), JV of Monsanto and Exxon. His global responsibilities include organizational and business responsibilities spanning North America, Europe and Asia.
Krishna has been in the Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) industry for thirty years. He has worked in consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications and his efforts have led to several commercial products. He is considered one of the most successful industry leaders in commercializing technologies. He has over fifty patents and technical papers to his credit.
University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden
Professor Stefan Roth graduated from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, with a degree in Plastics Technology, and a PhD for his thesis entitled "Electromagnetic Shielding by steel fibre filled compounds“.
In 2007, he joined B.Braun Melsungen AG, a global medical device manufacturer and started in R&D of infusion systems by managing projects in development of infusion pumps.
Since 2010, he built up and was heading the Materials Science group within Pre-Development / Technical Laboratories. His working fields were plastics for medical disposables and pumps, formula development and refinement, polymer testing and analysis.
In 2017 he has moved his position and has become Professor for product development and design at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, Germany. His fields of research are plastics in medical applications and additive manufacturing. He is part of the laboratory for applied plastics technology (AKT).
Stefan Roth is chairman of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) committee “plastics in medical” that has been initiated the development of the new VDI guideline “medical grade plastics”. In its function as chairman of the guideline committee, he worked out this new guideline together with his colleague Prof. Thomas Seul and members of various partners of polymer and medical industry.
Technical Manager - Medicalat
Niklas Ottosson graduated in 2002 with a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden); where he also received the John Ericsson medal for outstanding scholarship in 2003.
Niklas worked as a lecturer within polymer education and managed technical development projects at Polymertekniskt Centrum from 2002 until 2005 when he joined HEXPOL TPE as a Development Engineer for thermoplastic elastomers intended for medical applications. Since 2007 he is, in his position as medical Technical Manager within HEXPOL TPE, heading a group of development engineers focusing on the development of TPE formulations for medical applications.
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).
TPE Magazine International
Dr. Stephanie Waschbuesch
Editor in the field of polymer-related subjects for 20+ years with focus on thermoplastic elastomers, rubber, and polyurethanes
Editor-in-Chief (TPE Magazine)
Senior Editor (GAK Gummi Fasern Kunststoffe, RFP Rubber Fibres Plastics, PU Magazin, PU Magazine International)
Company: Dr. Gupta Verlags GmbH, Ratingen/Germany
• Member of the VDI Strategy Group Plastics Technology
• Member of the jury of the SPE Central Europe Automotive Awards
• German Rubber Society (DKG)
• Association of German Engineers (VDI)
• ACS Rubber Division
• Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
• TPE Forum network
• Forum Werkstoffe network