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 has over 60 years experience in the global plastics and rubber industries, where he has worked for a number of multinational polymer producers, including Shell Chemicals, General Electric Plastics, Monsanto Europe, Hercules Europe, Himont, Neste Chemicals and RTP Company. He has been an independent consultant for the last 28 years and has carried out a number of projects for major multinational concerns, such as ExxonMobil, Amoco and General Electric Plastics, as well as European compounders such as Dub Plastiques, British Vita, Polytechs, AlphaGary, Polyplast Mueller, Avient and RTP France.
In addition to the above Patrick Ellis has assisted in the setting up of several compounding operations. He has completed a number of global market studies for Smithers on TPEs and silicone elastomers. He has also written several articles as well as having given presentations on TPEs and silicone elastomers for Smithers.
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
Materials & Fluids Engineer at
Dr. Pierre Furtwengler joined Renault engineering team in 2018 and is in charge of polymer material development and prescription for under bonnet applications. He obtained his PhD at ECPM (Strasbourg) in the BioTeam in renewable polyol synthesis from sorbitol and PU foams formulation. He received the 2018 best PhD award from French Plastic Engineer Society (SFIP).