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Annual Automotive Plastics Summit

  • 23rd – 24th May 2016
  • Germany flag Germany Stuttgart
  • Hotel Dormero Plieninger Str. 100, 70567

We are pleased to invite you to the “Annual Automotive Plastics Summit” scheduled on May 23 - 24, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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About

The automotive industry is currently undergoing massive innovations. These innovations have the potential to alter automotive ve­hicle designs and supporting infrastructures around the globe by 2025. Several automakers are turning to plastics due to its advantages over metal; such as reduction of the weight of automobiles, fuel efficiency, improved safety, environmental friendliness and sustainability attributes. These revolutionary changes suggest a critical need to rethink vehicle architecture and materials requirements. Versatile, durable, and lightweight plastics, plastic composites and plastic-metal hybrid materials that increase the efficiency, crashworthiness, and functionality of today’s vehicles hold immense potential to radically enable and optimize advanced vehicle technologies for the future. This premier B2B event will bring together experts, OEMs, suppliers, and academia to discuss, hear and learn about their experiences and challenges with automotive plastics design, migration and optimization, to network and enjoy excellent mix of case studies, interac­tive panel discussions, speed networking and workshops.

It is an honor and privilege to invite you to participate in this Summit. We look forward to welcoming you at the Summit in Stuttgart upcoming May!

Sincerely,

Director, Alexander Hartmann

Who Should Attend

Directors, VPs, Managers and Heads of:

  • R&D
  • R&D Controlling
  • R&D Cooperation
  • R&D Technology Innovation
  • Technology
  • New Technology
  • Technical
  • Automotive design
  • Automotive Archtecture
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Open Innovation
  • Research Centre
  • Processing
  • Product
  • OEMs
  • Research Leaders - Research Associates
  • Component Supplier; Consultant
  • Automotive
  • chitecture
  • Material
  • Consultancies
  • Project Controlling
  • Project Management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Quality Management
  • Product Development
  • Business Development
  • Marketing / Strategic Marketing

Key Practical Learning Points

  • Insights on best practice and the latest innovative technologies on automotive plastics
  • Optimized process and cost reduction solutions
  • Improve characterization and predictive modeling of plastics
  • Composition, selection and manufacturing technology of automotive plastics
  • Composition, selection and manufacturing technology of
    automotive plastics
  • Optimizing safety and lightweighting with automotive plastics

Bert Havenith, DE

Market Intelligence and Strategy Director

DSM

Ir. H.G.J. Bert Havenith studied physics at the Technical University in Eindhoven (Netherlands). In 1989, he started at DSM in Geleen (Netherlands) in the departments of Applied Research for Stanyl PA46 (1989-1991). Later on, he became application development manager E&E for Stanyl PA46 in Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan (1991-1996). From 1996 until 2001, he held the position of global technical product manager for Stanyl PA46 and Akulon PA6, PA66. After doing an MBA program at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands), he was appointed in January 2001 as general product manager Akulon (PA6 and PA66) at the Marketing Department of DSM Engineering Plastics. In 2007, he started in a new function, global R&D manager automotive, in which he headed the new Automotive Application Development Department of DSM Engineering Plastics. From March 2011 until October 2013, Bert acted as business & innovation manager automotive for DSM Engineering Plastics. On 1 October 2013, Bert was appointed as strategic intelligence and market intelligence director at DSM Engineering Plastics.

Markus Partz

Principal Plastics Engineer

McLaren Automotive

Dr. Jeffrey Helms, USA

Global Automotive Sales Director

Celanese

Dr. Helms received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1984 and his Ph. D. in chemistry in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Dr. Helms received his MBA from Michigan State University through the Executive MBA program in 2000. Dr. Helms has been employed by Celanese Corporation in the Engineered Materials business since November 2008, where he is the global automotive corporate accounts director. In this role, Dr. Helms is responsible for driving and coordinating the growth of Celanese product lines at the OEM level for Celanese priority global OEMs. Prior to November 2008, Dr. Helms had been employed by Ford Motor Company since October 1988. He held several positions in the Ford Research Laboratory including: plastics technical specialist, plastics research team leader, and manager of the materials research and advanced engineering. Over this time, he led or managed projects including lightweight materials, corrosion, coating technologies, fuel cell systems, materials characterisation, biomaterials, and manufacturing technologies. Following his tenure in the Ford Research Organisation, Dr. Helms held the position of manager, team value management, Ford North American product creation, manager of the paint material development and release activity in the Ford Global Paint Engineering Organisation, and chief engineer of materials engineering, testing and standards in the Ford Product Development Organisation. Dr. Helms is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.

Nicolas Batailley, FR

eMobility Marketing Manager

Solvay

Nicolas started his career in the Automotive Industry 25 years ago, working for major Tiers One and Chemical companies (Electricfil Industrie / Unifil Electronic / Sintertech / Federal Mogul) in France, Turkey, and Brazil. He held various increasing positions in Project Management and Sales & Marketing. Nicolas was appointed by Solvay Engineering Plastics in 2007 to develop the Thermal Management segment. He became Application Development Manager in 2009 prior to holding the position of Automotive Business Development Manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) in 2011. In 2016, Nicolas took the position of Global e-mobility leader to develop the emerging market of electrified vehicles. In November 2018, Nicolas moved to Solvay Specialty Polymers to hold the position of Automotive Sales Development Manager EMEA. More recently, in November 2020, Nicolas was appointed eMobility Marketing Manager to develop the market of electric vehicles, hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles with innovative solutions based on Ultra-Polymers, High-Performance Polymers, and Fluoropolymers.

Uwe-Michael Jakobs

Business Development Manager Transportation

Arkema GmbH

MARTIN CLEMESHA

Technical Sales Manager

Braskem Europe GmbH

Mr. Martin Clemesha graduated as a materials science engineer at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo University in 2001 and has a post-graduation degree in Packaging Engineering. He has a 14 year experience in Customer technical support within the polymer in­dustry. During these years he has served several segments mostly related to plastic packaging production in Brazil, South America and Europe. As market development engineer worked on proj­ects involving the replacement of traditional materials in the paint packaging and medical packaging industries. Today his role is to serve current customers and increase the market for Braskem’s I’m GreenTM polyethylene in Europe.

DR. ASHOK M. ADUR

Global Commercial Development Director, Plastics

Vertellus Specialties Inc.

Dr. Ashok M. Adur has over thirty five years of experience in the international plastics industry as a consultant and in technical and commercial management roles. His experience includes success in R&D, product, process & business development, sales & marketing, technical service, introduction & commercialization of new products, business & general management at chemical, plastics and packag­ing companies such as Chemplex Co. (now part of Lyondell-Basell), Air Products & Chemicals, BP Chemicals, International Paper, Poly­One and Crane Plastics. He earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & En­gineering and completed a mini-MBA course on Executive Entrepre­neurship. He has published 15 papers in professional journals and presented over 60 papers at regional, national and international professional conferences and moderated and organized some con­ferences. He is considered an expert in polymer compounding and compatibilization of multi-component systems as well as in develop­ing strategies for patenting and intellectual property issues in poly­mers and plastics. He is currently Global Commercial Development Director for Plastics at Vertellus Specialties Inc., a global US-based specialty chemicals company, where he has global responsibility for strategic positioning, intellectual property, marketing, development and introduction of new products for the plastics industry.

HEIKO RUHL

Corporate Strategic Account Manager - Automotive

PolyOne Corporation

Heiko Ruhl is a global corporate strategic account manager for the automotive industry at PolyOne Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in plastic engineering from the UAS Würzburg. Heiko started his career as processing engineer at REHAU AG&Co. in Rehau in 1993. He worked over the last 17 years Heiko in multiple roles with the automotive OEMs and their suppliers to develop thermoplastic applications and bring new products and technologies into the mar­ket. After gaining experience in technical and marketing roles at GE Plastics (now SABIC Innovative Plastics) and as Head of Air-Water- Management at REHAU AG&Co, Heiko joined PolyOne in 2012.

J. P. WIESE

Marketing Manager

Asahi Kasei Plastics

J. P. Wiese has a passion and curiosity for how things are made, and how we can make them better. Growing up in Japan and graduat­ing from Michigan State University, he unwittingly endeavored to create one of the most roundabout career paths that accidentally brought him into the industry he has grown to love – plastics. He spends what little spare time he has exploring new ideas, enjoying the company of industrial designers, learning his third language – Spanish (though it’s still mucho bad) and figuring out how to chan­nel his daughter’s tremendous creative energy (which she came by very naturally).

MARC KIRCHHOFF

Head of Industry & Key Account Management

Trumpf, Germany

Marc Kirchhoff finished his study of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) in 2006. Afterwards he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Laser and System Technology (iLAS – TUHH) in the field of welding and cutting. From the year 2009 on, he worked simultaneous at the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord GmbH, a spin-off of the iLAS, as head of makro-department. In 2013, he started working as industry manager automotive at TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, responsible for the industry e-mobility and lightweight design. From 2016, he became head of industry and key account management automotive at TRUMPF.

Ignacio Buezas Sierra

Business Development Manager Strategic Business

ELIX Polymers

CHRISTOPH ENGELMANN

Team leader Polymer Processing

Fraunhofer-Institut  für Lasertechnik ILT

Christoph Engelmann studied industrial engineering and econom­ics from 10/2004 - 07/2011 at RWTH Aachen University with spe­cialization in automotive engineering and logistics. He entered the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) in the group mi­crojoining in 10/2011 and since 06/2014 he is heading the team “Polymer Processing” at Fraunhofer ILT. He has huge experiences in laser cutting and joining of plastics and in lightweight applications such as hybrid joints between plastic and metal and joining of fiber-reinforced plastics.

MATT MELONIO

Vice President of Design

Custom Etch Inc.

 Matt Melonio is the Vice President of Design & Laser Applications at Custom Etch Inc. (CEI), a leading US texture supplier located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Youngstown State University, with additional study at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and training with furniture designer/ maker Hank Gilpin. Matt’s work at Custom Etch began in 1991 and included every facet of design & production over the course of sev­eral years. With his new title of Vice President of Design in 2004, he contributed to CEI’s growth with his efforts in the implementation and integration of new technologies alongside existing technolo­gies, highlighted by the addition of GF Machining Solutions (GFMS) 5-axis laser technology. Custom Etch was the first texture supplier in North America to incorporate the use of 5-axis lasers in 2011 and, since then, Matt has overseen the installation of five GFMS 5-axis lasers at CEI’s Pennsylvania facility, including two L4000 5Ax gantry lasers - the world’s largest 5-axis laser texturing solution. Custom Etch remains the only company in North America with the L4000 5Ax gantry laser.

PETER MACKRELL

Head of Quality and Product Development

MBA Polymers UK Ltd

 Peter has been working in the polymer industry for 25 years in a number of different sectors including automotive, aerospace and recycling. Currently he is Head of Quality and Product Development at MBA Polymers UK. Peter holds a Polymer Science and Technology Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and has recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Value Chains at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leader­ship.

Bert Havenith, DE

Market Intelligence and Strategy Director

DSM

Markus Partz

Principal Plastics Engineer

McLaren Automotive

Dr. Jeffrey Helms, USA

Global Automotive Sales Director

Celanese

Nicolas Batailley, FR

eMobility Marketing Manager

Solvay

Uwe-Michael Jakobs

Business Development Manager Transportation

Arkema GmbH

MARTIN CLEMESHA

Technical Sales Manager

Braskem Europe GmbH

DR. ASHOK M. ADUR

Global Commercial Development Director, Plastics

Vertellus Specialties Inc.

HEIKO RUHL

Corporate Strategic Account Manager - Automotive

PolyOne Corporation

J. P. WIESE

Marketing Manager

Asahi Kasei Plastics

MARC KIRCHHOFF

Head of Industry & Key Account Management

Trumpf, Germany

Ignacio Buezas Sierra

Business Development Manager Strategic Business

ELIX Polymers

CHRISTOPH ENGELMANN

Team leader Polymer Processing

Fraunhofer-Institut  für Lasertechnik ILT

MATT MELONIO

Vice President of Design

Custom Etch Inc.

PETER MACKRELL

Head of Quality and Product Development

MBA Polymers UK Ltd