12th - 13th October 2017
Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City
Polyurethanes Automotive Conference
12th - 13th October 2017
Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City
Polyurethanes Automotive Conference
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Speakers

Principal Chemist
Addivant
Clément Barrière, PhD, is a principal chemist in the R&D department of Addivant since 2012. He has specialised in the field of antioxidant additives for Polyurethanes. His main focus is to develop new packages suitable for the evolving needs of the PU industry, with a particular focus on emissions. Previous interests include the development of new antioxidant packages for rubber and also process development for new blends. Clément holds a PhD degree in Organometall...more
Sales and Business Development Manager / Chemical Engineer
Umicore Specialty Materials Brugge NV / University of Leuven
Wim Cambien (°1974) is chemical engineer at the University of Leuven, in Belgium.  He also holds an Executive MBA of the IESE Business School in Madrid. He has worked in industries related to renewable energies, recycling and environment, both in Belgium and in Spain.  He is Sales Manager at Umicore Specialty Materials Brugge since 2012, responsible for the business development of catalysts for polyurethane and other chemical industries.  
Director of Sustainability
Stahl Holdings
Michael Costello has been Stahl’s Director of Sustainability since October 2015.   Michael has a broad experience in the chemical industry in a variety of positions. In 1988, he joined Stahl USA as a process chemist and later in commercial positions in the coatings segment.   After a break of six years as EMEA Sales Manager at GE Silicones (now Momentive), Michael re-joined Stahl in 2005.  As Group Director, he established the Picassian Polymers SBU wit...more
Director, Global Production
LMC Automotive
Justin is the Director of Global Production Forecasting at LMC Automotive, based in Oxford, UK. Prior to joining LMC Automotive, Justin has held key sales and commercial management positions for major Tier One automotive suppliers in both Europe and the US. In addition to this, he has held traditional product marketing roles with a Japanese OEM in Europe as well as senior analyst roles at RL Polk (Marketing Systems) from where he started his career. Over the past 25 years, he has gained a ...more
TS & D Engineer
Chemical European Technical Service Headquarters, Milliken
Sven De Vis is based at the Milliken Chemical European Technical Service headquarters in Ghent, Belgium supporting the introduction of innovative additives into the polyurethane industry.    He has 15 years of experience in research & development and technical roles within the polyurethane industry. Sven has worked in the automotive interiors, textile coatings, PUR laminations and One Component system industries, before joining Milliken Chemical.    ...more
Senior Economist Automotive
ING Bank
Max Erich (1977) is a senior member of ING Bank’s Economics Department in Amsterdam since 2011. His research focuses on the Automotive sector. Max’s mission is to help internal and external clients gain an advantage by sharing his analysis and knowledge of this industry. His recent study ‘Breakthrough of electric vehicle threatens European car industry’ examines the impact of growing sales in battery electric cars on Europe’s Automotive industry.   ...more
Lead R&D Manager PU Foams and Elastomers
Dow Automotive
Sabrina Fregni holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Modena (Italy, 1995). After 2 years as the QC Responsible for an Italian Company focused on the production of floor and wall tiles, she joined Dow in May 1997 in the PU Systems Global R&D Center in Correggio (Italy) with project responsibilities in research and development for flexible polyurethane foams applications especially for what concerns the transportation and furniture industries. In 2008 she took the respon...more
Technical Service & Development Manager
Dow Automotive
Stefano Grassini is the Technical Service & Development Manager for Flexible PU Foams and RIM application within Dow Automotive Systems for EMEAI region. Stefano started working in Polyurethane business in 1997 in Enichem, covering R&D and TS&D positions for C.A.S.E. and MDI specialties. He joined Dow in 2001 as part of Polyurethanes group with TS&D role for C.A.S.E and then later for Flex Slabstock. From 2009 to 2011 Stefano moved to Epoxy Systems TS&D group and re...more
R&D Director
Jiahua Chemicals Inc
Dr. Groome completed his PhD and postdoctoral studies in physical chemistry and polymerisation at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Following this he spent 3 years working on projects involving suspension polymerisation based on ICI PVC Technology.   He has been part of the polyurethane industry for approximately 30 years. He has been extensively involved with ICI / Huntsman on rigid polyether polyol developments and production. He was also involved with the same ...more
Technical Support & Development Manager
Dow Automotive
Giuliano Guidetti joined Corradini Poliuretani in Quality Control laboratory in 1981. In 1985 joined Dow in the PU Systems Global R&D Center in Correggio (Italy) as technical service & development in semi rigid integral skin application, shoe soles and flexible foams.  As part of the TS&D group in integral skin application he has been particularly active in the development of alternative blowing agent technology in substitution of the CFC, HCFC and in the definition of...more
Researcher
Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry
Mikelis Kirpluks is a researcher at the Polymer Laboratory of IWC since 2014 but he began his career at IWC in 2006. During his work he actively participated in activities of FORBIOPLAST, EVolution and EranNet Matera BBPM projects, which resulted in 19 sci. publications. His input into these projects was polyol synthesis, polyol analysis and characterization, PUR/PIR foam formulation development and production, testing PUR/PIR foams as well as project management and report preparation.
Consultant
JBK Research & Consulting
Joop Koster has owned JBK Research & Consulting for 10 years now. Joop has a broad experience in the chemical industry with focus on Polyurethanes. Joop holds a PHD in Chemistry from the Technical University of Bochum / Max Planck Institute for Coal Research. His last position was as Business Manager with GE Silicones Europe.    See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbkoster/  
Sales Manager, Thermosets EMEA
Chromaflo Technologies
MSc, Ron van der Leeuw Academic qualifications and professional experience: • University Utrecht: Master's degree in Chemistry, graduated in 1999 • Akzo Nobel: Coatings Engineer, various technical positions in Holland and Germany serving the EMEA market for decorative and industrial coatings • Chromaflo Technologies: Since 2013 (Technical) Sales Manager Thermosets EMEA.
Associate, Head of Automotive Practice Group
Peterka & Partners
Milan takes part in key transactions of the firm in mergers and acquisitions, competition proceedings, and coordinates the process of assessment, preparation and modification of contractual documentation as required.   Milan specializes namely in distribution, commercial contracts, antitrust and competition, and litigation. He is also the Leader of the Automotive practice at Peterka & Partners, the scope of which is namely the drafting and modifying of contractual document...more
European R&D Manager
Total - Cray Valley Resins
Education: 1995 Civil Engineer, Materials Science Department, University of Louvain (Belgium) 2000 PhD in polymers, Materials Science Department, University of Louvain (Belgium)   Professional Background:  In 2002 joined Total Elastomers as Research and Technical Support group leader in the Lacq Research Center (France).    Managed from 2006 to 2009 the licensing activity for styrene (in collaboration with the Shaw Group) and Polystyrene. Bru...more
President & CEO
Mathson Composite Group LLC
Mr. Boney A. Mathew is the President & CEO, Mathson Composite Group LLC, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.  Mathson Composite Group develops new composite products in North America example: Composite underbody shields utilizing proprietary carbon, glass, aramid and thermoplastic fiber fabric and HP-RTM process. Mathson Composite Group designs, develops & markets patented products and technology using composites, ceramics, metal alloys, elastomers, and plastics material systems and ...more
VP Marketing and Business Development
Elevance
Rusty has over 15 years of marketing and business development experience working in a diverse range of industries including specialty chemicals, oil and gas process and catalyst technologies, building materials, and renewable energy.  As VP of Marketing and Business Development at Elevance, he actively works to promote Elevance products and technologies with a focus on securing collaborations with other specialty chemical companies to leverage the company’s unique bio-based,...more
Managing Director
Georg H. Luh GmbH
Klaus Rathberger has more than 17 years of experience in the graphite market. Starting from Sales and Marketing positions, for 10 years he is now in place as Managing Director of Georg H. Luh GmbH. His employment history is as follows: 2007 to now: Georg H. Luh GmbHManaging Director of one of the leading European suppliers of graphite and mica for industrial applications. 2000 – 2007: Graphit Kropfmuehl AGHead of Sales & Marketing for the leading European produce...more
Technology Development Manager
Croda
Angela Smits is Technology Development Manager with Croda, leading developments for adhesives, plastics and elastomers. Involved with market and technology trends she has managed several innovation projects for new biobased building blocks or new applications of Croda products, from idea to commercialisation. Prior to that, she held several technical positions in adhesives and coatings industry, at Wageningen Food and Biobased Research, National Starch & Chemical (now Henkel) and D...more
Innovation Project Manager
BASF Plastic Additives, Italy
Cinzia Tartarini is Innovation Project Manager in the Global Competence Center Automotive for BASF Plastic Additives and leads the Weathering Center Europe in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Cinzia obtained her degree in Organic Chemistry at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy. In 1997 she joined the Plastic Additives Division at Ciba Specialty Chemicals in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy to work on the process development of new Light Stabilizers. In 2005 she moved to the C...more
Global Director Application Development
Reverdia
Lawrence joined Reverdia, a joint venture between DSM and Roquette, in 2011. He currently holds the position of Global Director Application Development. He leads the application development team, and is responsible for the in-house technical expertise. Lawrence acts as the technical interface between the organisation and the market, as well as between internal and external R&D teams. Prior to Reverdia, Lawrence joined DSM in 2002, leading application development activities for vari...more
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