Oliver studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at RWTH Aachen / IKV in Germany and received his diploma in 1990. He started his professional career at Dätwyler / Switzerland as a 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.
Alan Banks is the Lightweight Structures Supervisor within Innovation and Research at Ford Motor Company. He started work at Ford in 1983 as an apprentice and worked in Chassis Engineering responsible for suspension systems on commercial vehicles until 2019 before his move to Innovation and Research.
His remit with the Innovation and Research team is to lead projects with light-weighting technologies and applications in design with mass production capability. This remit includes material choices from advanced steel to full composite structures, including hybrid technology to produce the best value for automotive applications.
Jason Treharne received his Business Administration degree from the University of Wales in 2004 and joined Dow (Dow Corning) in Barry, UK in 2006. Through various roles in Supply Chain across the European region and Silicone Value Chain, he gained an understanding of material flow from silicon metal, siloxane and polymers to sealants, adhesives and silicone elastomers. Having learned the silicones world ‘inside out’, he took the opportunity to learn the silicone world ‘outside in’ and joined the Marketing Function in 2018. Initially focusing on the product specific end markets of HCR and FSR, appreciating the value of these materials in the automotive, consumer and industrial segments, he has more recently focused on the electrical and industrial rubber end markets, and has gained market aligned responsibility as opposed to that of individual product, giving him oversight of LSR, HCR, FSR and F-LSR.
Beate Ganter studied Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen and received her Diploma in 1995. She stayed in Aachen at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and researched during her PhD in the field of metalorganic complexes. After she received her PhD she joined in 1998 the Bayer AG (later GE Bayer Silicones, today Momentive Performance Materials) as R&D Chemist for the development of Heat Cured Rubbers. Since 2008 she is a Project Manager in the Marketing Department of the BU Elastomers. She currently focuses on the needs for the next generation of Liquid Silicone Rubbers.
Nekane Lozano studied at the University of Zaragoza, where she received a Bachelor of Physics. Then she moved to San Sebastian to receive his Masters degree in nanostructured materials at Materials physics centre (CFM) in 2017.
She began her career in Eurecat (Technological Centre of Catalonia) as a PhD candidate. Her studies are focused on the replication of micro- and nanotextures at LSR pieces by injection moulding. Another point of interest is to understand the intrinsic properties of surface texturing such as hydrophobicity, antibacterial capacities, or self-cleaning capabilities. She helped to study the industrialization of the replication process and to search for potential applications. Moreover, during her stance in Eurecat, she collaborates with different projects working with LSR focused on the integration of electronics in silicone pieces.
Mr. Mohammad Ali Nikousaleh received his bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kassel. During his bachelor thesis, he investigated the "Stereocomplication and Additivation of PLA with a twin-screw extruder". Afterward, in his master's thesis, he continued his research on the influence of UVC irradiation as a surface activation method for bisphenol A polycarbonate to improve adhesion in TP-LSR composites, which was awarded the "Röchling Prize" at the University of Bayreuth in 2018. Parallel to his studies, he worked on various projects, enabling him to gain more experience in scientific and practical topics. His professional experience in Germany includes working experience at Dow Corning Company (Wiesbaden; Germany) and Alutrim Company (Kyritz; Germany). Since January 2020, he is a research assistant at the University of Kassel and is engaged in multi-component injection molding of liquid silicone rubber.
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Pisula joined Evonik Industries in 2006 and became Director Applied Technology Silicone at the Business Line Silica in 2016. 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. Additionally to his industry position, he is Full Professor at the Lodz University of Technology in Poland, Editor of Synthetic Metals and Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Materials.
Annette Rüppel studied Mechanical Engineering specialized in Materials technology of polymers and Quality Management at the University of Kassel, Germany. In 2010 she took up employment as scientific assistant in the Institute of Material Engineering, Department Polymer Technology, UNIpace at the University of Kassel, Germany. Ms Rüppel´s focus is on the adhesion of liquid silicone rubber and thermoplastics.
Andreas Schäfert joined the Wilhelm Weber GmbH in Esslingen in 2018.
He holds a Diploma in Applied Physics of TU Munich as well as a MBA of Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris. Earlier steps in his professional career were at USHIO Group, GE Healthcare and EVONIK Industries. As Director Business Development Medical Devices he is in charge for innovative solutions and applications in the field of injection molding in the medical sector, publishing also about recent technology developments.
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T. Kostenas joined in 2015 the swiss 3D-Printer manufacturer Deltatower for the development of a 3D-Printer with an extrusion-based manufacturing process for high viscous LSR's - something that did not exist yet. Bringing together progressing cavity pumps, 3D-Printers with delta cinematic and high viscous LSR silicones, made the 3D-Printer become market ready in early 2020. This opens all possibilities and advantages of additive manufacturing LSR silicones.
Since 10/2015 Managing Director of IANUS Simulation GmbH
06/2011 – 09/2015 Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing) Institute of Plastics Technology, University of Paderborn
10/2005 – 05/2011 University of Paderborn
Degree in Industrial Engineering Specialization in Plastics and Process Engineering
Degree: Diploma in Industrial Engineering (Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing.)
University of Paderborn
Degree in Techno mathematics,
Specialization in Applied Mathematics and Numerics Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
University of Paderborn
Course of study Teacher training for grammar schools and comprehensive schools Subjects: Mathematics and Sport
Completion: 1st State Exam
09/2004 – 05/2005 Civil service in Bad Oeynhausen
Johanniter Ordenshäuser Gem. GmbH Activity in the patient support service
08/2001 – 05/2004 Friedrich-List-College, Herford
Performance courses: Mathematics and Computer Science Degree: General university entrance qualification
Tobias Sonntag studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen and specialized in plastics technology at the IKV. During his studies, he already worked as a supporting project engineer at SIGMA Engineering GmbH. After his graduation in 2015 he joined the SIGMA Engineering Team.
Leopold Praher studied mechanical engineering at the Technical High School in Waidhofen/Ybbs and received his engineering degree in 1986. He started his professional carrier 1986 at Strabag AG as project engineer for designing asphalt mixing plants. In 1988 he changed to ENGEL Austria to take over the responsibility for spare parts for large machines. Since 1994 he is with the Rubber / LIM Department stating as a sales engineer and in 2000 he took over the responsibility as a world wide Sales Director for all Thermoset (Rubber, Liquid Silicone, Solid Silicone and hard – soft combination) applications.
Kurt Manigatter is CEO of ELMET GmbH, a worldwide well known LSR Mold-and Molding- specialist also known as supplier for LSR dosing systems. Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Technical High School, 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. Then he quit his job and founded ELMET GmbH. He is known as an expert for LSR solutions and frequent lecturer and part of advisory boards.
Agnieszka Musiał – Dobiega studied Chemical Technology at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice PL. She received her master of engineering degree in 2006, specializing in the technology of polymers and plastics. She started her professional career in 2006 as Quality Engineer at Bitron Poland Rubber Department. Until today professionally associated with the same company – in 2010 joined Rubber Department R&D Laboratory firstly as Rubber Technologist and since 2015 as Chief Testing Specialist.
Since 2020 technical consultant of the SOSIL Company.