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2017 speakers included:

  • Richard Grzanka

    Vice President of Business Development Anguil Environmental Systems

    Since 1992, Mr. Richard Grzanka (BSME, MBA) has been involved in the technical application engineering, product development, and contract development for air pollution control equipment.

    He has presented and authored numerous technical articles on the subject of air pollution control strategies and for nearly 10 years has focused on carbon fiber and composites industry.

    His current responsibilities include business development of the company’s thermal and catalytic oxidizer systems, heat recovery and pre-treating in several target industries and international markets.

  • Anwar Ahniyaz

    Senior Researcher Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

    I am a Chemist and a Material Engineer (The Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, July 1991, from the Xinjiang University, Doctor of Science in Material Science and Engineering, October 2002, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology). Currently, I am working as a senior researcher now at the Bioscience and Materials Division of the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden. During my 27 years of career, I have been passionate about studying the material's properties at the NANOSCALE. As a researcher, I have the unique skill of being able to combine material science with the surface science. As a scientist, my research focus is the surface/interface study of nanoscale materials. 

  • Steve Amos

    Technical Manager Bluestar Fibres

    Steve joined Courtaulds, the UK textile and chemical company that pioneered the commercial manufacture of PAN based carbon fibre, at the end of the 70’s as an analytical chemist.

    Most of his early career involved the development of analytical techniques for the process and quality control aspects of the production of PAN polymer and fibres. Despite a change in career direction, Steve maintained a keen interest in analytical techniques and developed a range of rapid, automated and not destructive techniques, some of which remain “state of the art” and are still in use today.

    In the early nineties Steve took on technical responsibility for the large scale production of PAN polymer, by the continuous polymerisation route, under the tutorship of the chemist who was widely regarded as the father of the technology. He retains a keen interest in this aspect of PAN precursor production.

    In 2008, following the acquisition of the Courtaulds/Acordis PAN fibre business by China National Bluestar, Steve became involved in the production and development of precursor in tow sizes smaller (60 to 6K) than the Courtaulds traditional heavy tow format (320K) and currently has technical responsibility for the development of these products across all of the Bluestar PAN precursor production operations.

  • Frazer Barnes

    Managing Director ELG Carbon Fibre

    Frazer has more than 30 years’ experience in the composites industry, and for the last 4 years has been heavily involved in carbon fibre recycling. After graduating with a materials science degree, Frazer first worked as a wind turbine blade design engineer before moving into the composites industry with SP Systems (now Gurit). After working on the design and development of composite structures for the marine, oil and gas and defence industries, Frazer moved to DML where he ran the composites business unit, which was a pioneer in the use of carbon fibre to rehabilitate existing civil infrastructure. From 2000 to 2010, Frazer worked for Cytec Engineered Materials in the UK, US and China, culminating in the construction of a composites manufacturing plant in Shanghai. From there, Frazer moved to Hengshen Carbon Fibre where he led efforts to position the company as a global supplier of carbon fibre. It was there that Frazer first became aware of the importance of recycling, leading to a cooperation with Adesso Advanced Materials to evaluate the possibilities of recyclable epoxies. After a short spell assisting Adesso refining its commercial strategies, Frazer returned to the UK to become Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre, where he has guided the company through the industrialisation of its carbon fibre recovery process and overseen the expansion of the companies capabilities to produce a range of recycled carbon fibre products for the composites and compounding industries.

  • Brantley Bass

    Technical Sales Manager Litzler

    Brantley is the Technical Sales Manager for C. A. Litzler Co., Inc. and brings more than 30 years of Technical, Sales and Marketing experience in the advanced composites industry.  He offers extensive process experience working with Glass, Carbon, Aramid and other High Performance materials from fiber to Advanced Composite Materials. He has Worked in the Industry with Clark-Schwebel, JPS Glass, BGF Industries and Barrday. 

  • Steven Bassetti

    Global Marketing Director Michelman

    Steven Bassetti is the Group Marketing Director of Industrial Manufacturing at Michelman.   He has over twenty years of commercial experience that includes engineering plastics, chemical intermediate manufacturing, fiberglass manufacturing, polymer composite component manufacturing, engineered wood release coatings and polymer science. His cultivation of university–industry collaborations over this same time span has advanced the composite industry forward with the development and commercialization of new products.

    As an innovation and commercialization leader, he has worked for and contributed to the success of organizations such as LNP Engineering Plastics Inc., General Electric Plastics, Ticona Polymers Inc., Celanese, Johns Manville, and Arizona Chemical.  Additionally, Steve has helped commercialize numerous new products in the fields of plastics and composites while being a co-author of a patent in the field of polymer science.

    Steve completed his undergraduate studies at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Masters of Business Administration degree at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.  He is an active member of numerous industry and professional organizations such as the Society of Plastics Engineers, American Panel Association, Engineered Wood Association, American Chemical Society, and the Institute for the Study of Business Markets.

  • Derek Buckmaster

    Director Carbon Nexus

    As the Director of the Carbon Nexus research centre at Deakin University, Derek leads the strategic direction and capability development of the world’s only open-access carbon fibre research facility.

    Prior to taking on the leadership of Carbon Nexus just over two years ago, Derek was the General Manager of SABIC’s Functional Polymers business unit, which led the development of the company’s  carbon fibre venture. Derek was based in Saudi Arabia for several years for this role.

    Before this Derek was the Global Market Director for automotive exteriors for GE Plastics, based in The Netherlands. In this role he led the development and commercialisation of new products and technologies in thermoplastic composites and lightweight polymer glazing. This followed two years in Shanghai establishing new product development and testing capabilities at the GE Technology Centre.

    Buckmaster began his career with GE Plastics in Melbourne in 1988, as a CAE design engineer. He then moved to the United States, holding several roles in advanced design engineering and marketing.  Returning to Australia in 1990, Buckmaster became sales manager for GE's Industrial Diamond division.  He held several other roles with the company in Australia, including export sales manager and product technology manager, before moving to Singapore to GE Plastics’ Pacific Headquarters in 1998. There he was the Six Sigma Master Black Belt for marketing and sourcing, focused on improving processes and increasing revenues. He returned to Australia again to oversee marketing and e-Business during the Internet boom.

    Prior to joining GE, Buckmaster worked as the Production Manager for  the Electricaire Division of Braemar Limited (a heating and cooling equipment manufacturer) and conducted research into aerial crop spraying at an Australian government Agricultural Engineering Center.

    Buckmaster holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swinburne University, Australia.

  • John Davidson

    Product Director, Oxidation and Carbonisation Cygnet Texkimp

    John has been in the Carbon Fibre manufacturing industry since 1982, working first on the development of Courtaulds large tow precursors and their conversion into Oxidised fibres for RK Carbon Fibres Ltd, which was closely followed by 3, 6, and 12k precursors for conversion to Carbon Fibres.

    He became involved in plant construction in 1986 as part of a team working on Technology Transfer Projects in India, China and South Korea. In 1991 he left RK Carbon and was involved in a project in Russia after which, in 1995, he returned to India and China on Technology Transfer Projects for RK Carbon.

    In 1997 RK Carbon was acquired by SGL Technic Ltd at which point he was appointed Project Manager for a £25m inward investment project to build two state of the art Carbon Fibre production lines in Scotland.

    He left SGL in 2003 to form Milled Carbon Ltd, where they developed the world’s first commercial continuous carbon fibre composite recycling process.  The company was later acquired by German metals reclamation company ELG Haniel.

    In 2008 he began working on Technology Transfer Projects in Italy, Turkey and Portugal with US and European partners. Further Technology Transfer Projects continued over the next 5 years in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand and India.

    In 2014, after over 12 years of discussing collaboration possibilities, he joined Cygnet-Texkimp Ltd in Northwich, Cheshire, where he offers turn-key solutions for Carbon Fibre Production Facilities.

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  • Franco Francalanci

    Managing Director Astris Carbon

    Got a degree in Chemistry in 1978 from University of Florence. After one year of research at the Zurich Technical University (ETH)  he joined Montedison Research Center in Novara (Italy) in 1980 where he held the position of Director of Organic Chemistry Department. After two years working in the field of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, in 1992 he moved to Montefibre as R&D and New Business Development Director, until 2008. Then he  was among the founders of the New Company Astris Carbon S.r.l. and  became since then Managing  Director of the Company.

    Other positions covered are:

    Member of the Board of Directors of Montefibre Hispania (until June 2015)
    Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of Jilin Jimont Acrylic Fiber Co. Ltd (China) until 2014
    President of BISFA and Chairman of the CIRFS Technical Committee (2000 - 2004)

    Regarding Scientific activity he is author or co-author of 22 scientific papers and 35 industrial patents

  • Gilles LeMoigne

    Global Marketing Manager Michelman

    Gilles Le Moigne is the Global Marketing Manager of Industrial Manufacturing at Michelman. He joined Michelman in 2012 as Global Sales Manager for its Fibers and Composites business unit and transitioned to his current Marketing role in 2014. His over 15 years of experience with both carbon fiber manufacturing and glass and carbon fabric manufacturing has allowed him to work closely with the organization’s cross-functional teams in the development and commercialization of new products.

    Before joining Michelman he was with SGL Carbon and Porcher Industries where he managed sales and participated in new product development. Gilles is a mechanical engineering and material science graduate from Savoie Mont Blanc University with a specialization in composites materials.

  • Steven Hancock

    Co-Founder InCA Technologies

    Steve Hancock is a co-founder of InCA Intelligent Cost Analysis, specialising in technical cost modelling software and services for modelling production processes to increase efficiency, reduce cost and evaluate the business case behind investment. Steve has a PhD in composite materials from the University of Bristol and has spent most of his career implementing innovative materials systems and manufacturing technology in a wide range of market segments including aerospace, automotive, construction and consumer goods.

  • Tilo Hauke

    Leads Central Innovation Department SGL Group

    Tilo Hauke was born in 1968, now lives in Wertingen, Germany with his wife and three children. He holds a PhD in Pysics and an Executive MBA. He leads the Central Innovation Department of SGL Group since September 01, 2014. 

    He is a member of board of several industrial organisations and scientific advisory boards, among them the German Carbon Composites membership corporation. 

  • Martin Hengstermann

    Research Associate Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM)

    Studies in mechanical engineering with specialization in Textile Technology from 10/2007 to 12/2013 at the TU Dresden, graduated to Dipl.-Ing.


    Since 02/2014 Research Associate/Ph.D Student in the research group “Yarn Structure and Yarn Formation Technology” at ITM, topic: Spinning of recycled Carbon Fiber Yarns

  • Richard Kupke

    Chief Technology Officer Suragus
    • Since 01/2015 Director Carbon Fiber Testing a SURAGUS GmbH - Heading carbon fiber testing business unit: product owner, business development, application engineering
    • 12/2014 – 01/2015 Head of projects at SURAGUS GmbH - Project leader for product and technology development
    • 12/2012 – 12/2013 Project and innovation manager for SURAGUS GmbH - Managing technology development for carbon fiber testing equipment
    • 11/ 2011 – 11/ 2012 Degree candidate at SURAGUS (start-up manufacturing testing equipment)
  • Jasmin Mankiewicz

    PhD Student Hochschule Niederrhein (University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein)

    2009-2015: dual course student (Bachelor and Master of Engineering, technical chemistry) at University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, since 2015: PhD student at University of Applied Science Niederrhein and University of Duisburg- Essen (Germany)

  • Paul McMullan

    Global Commercial Manager Sigmatex

    Paul has been involved in the composites industry for over 15 years. Following the attainment of a degree in Polymer Engineering, Paul’s early stage career was in a technical capacity covering R&D projects on short fibre injection moulding, vacuum infusion and resin transfer moulding processes. Subsequently, he moved into Operations and finally into a Commercial role for the last 5 years.

    Paul has gained broad ranging experience in both GRP and CFRP materials, specifically specialising on the design, development and production of reinforcement textiles for market driven applications. This experience covers a variety of end user applications including Automotive, Aerospace, Wind and Marine markets.

    More recently, Sigmatex has focused on the development of innovative solutions to the challenge of making CFRP a viable solution to the light-weighting challenge. Paul has provided strategic direction to Sigmatex in terms of addressing the barriers to greater adoption of CFRP for large volume applications and creating a differentiated value proposition for our customers.

  • Dan Pichler

    CEO CarbConsult

    Daniel Pichler has more than 30 years experience in carbon fiber, composite materials, and other high performance materials and components.  He is Partner / joint Managing Director with CarbConsult GmbH – specialists in strategy and technical consulting in carbon fiber, composite materials, and others.  CarbConsult’s clients have included carbon fiber and composites companies, chemical companies, investor groups and other interested parties in Europe, Asia and the US.  Previously, he has lead carbon fiber businesses and business development with SGL Group, AKSA (now DOWAksa), Holding Company Composites, Armco, and others.  

  • Julien Sellier

    Managing Director STRUCTeam

    Julien Sellier is the co-founder and Managing Director STRUCTeam Ltd, which provides commercial and technical solutions for its customers in composite materials and CompoSIDE Ltd, a web based composite design and engineering software.  He gained his masters degree in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in 2001 specialising in hydrodynamics majoring in composite structures.  Julien has managed significant projects in Marine, Wind Energy, Oil and Gas, Automotive, Civil and Industrial applications.  His experiences range from design and project management, composite materials development and part manufacturing to Carbon Fibre applications as well as strategic consultancy for leading material manufacturers including Carbon Fibre.

  • Markus Siemetzki

    Structure Engineering Senior Scientist Airbus
    • Degree in Aerospace Engineering
    • more than 20 years experience in Aerospace Composite Design & Manufacturing
    • current position: Structure Engineering Senior Scientist, AIRBUS Central R&T, Munich
  • Bill Stry

    Senior Process Technology Engineer Harper International

    Bill Stry, Ph.D., Senior Process Technology Engineer at Harper International, received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo (UB).  He is the technical lead on many of Harper’s Carbon Fiber conversion systems, responsible for all design and engineering of novel technologies to help advance the growing industry. 

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  • Merlin Theodore

    Director of ORNL's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

    Dr. Merlin Theodore is the Director for the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a semi-production scale facility with the mission to accelerate the development of lower-cost carbon fiber to enable deployment of a new generation of strong, lightweight composite materials to support America’s competitiveness in an emerging clean energy economy. CFTF’s highly-instrumented process capability combines the flexibility to handle a variety of feedstock materials and capacity to produce sufficient quantities of finished fiber to supply composites manufacturers for product development and prototyping ahead of commercial availability.

    Previously Merlin served as the Head of Excellence at SGL Automotive Carbon Fiber LLC in Moses Lake, Washington where she participated in startup and operation of the largest carbon fiber production facility in the United States. She led projects to establish quality laboratory standards, reduce production cost, boost workflow efficiency, and resolve technical issues for the facility’s principle client, BMW. Merlin is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

    Merlin received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Tuskegee University. At Georgia Tech University, she set up a new carbon fiber fabrication laboratory, and was a research scientist and technical advisor of the Minority Leaders Program at Universal Technology Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. Merlin is first author on nine publications and contributing author on 11 other publications.

  • Daniel Tyrkas

    Business Development Manager Automotive Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites

    Daniel Tyrkas is working as a Business Development Manager for Automotive in Europe for Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber & Composites. His main focus is on materials & processes that enable high volume manufacturing of CF-Composite parts, collaborating with Industry Partners, TIER1s & OEMs along the value chain. Additionally, as Automotive Solutions Leader, he drives collaboration, innovation and solutions for automotive customers across all business units of Mitsubishi Chemical EMEA.

    Daniel received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering / Dipl. Ing. (univ.) from the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He focused on Plastics, Composites, Processing, Manufacturing & Design Engineering during his studies.

    Before joining Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber & Composites, Daniel has held various technical & commercial positions within the Plastics- /Composites- / Automotive Industry ranging from Technology Consulting to Sales & Marketing Director, Engineering, Application- and Business Development, contributing to the success of companies like Altran, General Electric Plastics & SABIC. Daniel Tyrkas has gathered more than 15 years of experience in CF / GF composites and other high performance materials and components.

  • Tjark von Reden

    MAI Carbon Clustermanagement GmbH Active Director

    Dr. Tjark von Reden, born in 1977, studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart (UoS). From 2006 to 2013 he worked as research assistant at the Institute of Aircraft Design at the UoS.  In 2012 Dr. von Reden started working for MAI Carbon and was responsible for the project- and knowledge management. Since 2014 he is Active Director of the Leading-Edge Cluster. In 2015 Dr. von Reden finished his doctoral thesis at the Technical University of Munich.

  • Volker Warzelhan

    Chairman of the West Regional Department Carbon Composites

    Prof. Dr. Volker Warzelhan did his PhD in physical polymer chemistry at the university of Mainz, Germany, and passed a postdoctoral fellowship in Paris.

    He joined BASF at Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1978. After several stages in research, strategic planning and controlling he became senior vice president research advanced composites and later engineering plastics.

    From 1999 – 2002 he headed as group vice president the regional business unit Asia/Pacific for Styrenics located in Singapore.

    Until his retiremet in 2012 he was responsible for the world wide research in thermoplastics as senior vice president and spokesman of BASF’s research for the automotive industry.

    He is honorary professor of the university of Marburg and lecturer at the university of Augsburg, Germany, and at the German Institute of Science and Technology in Singapore.

    Currently he is chairman of the west regional department (CCWEST) of the German industry association Carbon Composites (CCeV) and member of the board of CCeV, where he is responsible for sustainability.

  • Tom Wasley

    Research Engineer The Manufacturing Technology Centre

    Dr Thomas Wasley is a Research Engineer within the Additive Manufacturing team at the MTC focusing on non-metallic processes. He was first introduced to AM technology at Loughborough University studies before undertaking a PhD in 2013 with the highly successful Additive Manufacturing Research Group (AMRG) based at Loughborough. The result of his research was the creation of a hybrid AM process chain facilitating the production of three dimensional, fully embedded, multilayer electronic devices.

  • Christian Weimer

    Head of Domain Composites Materials & Processes Airbus

    Since more than two decades Dr Christian Weimer has done research in the field of carbon fibre reinforced composites.

    He started at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) covering topics such as preforming and stitching technologies.

    In 2003 he joined Airbus Helicopters to become Team Leader “Production Technologies” and Senior Expert for Composite Materials & Processes.

    2012 he joined the Airbus Group Innovations driving composite research and innovation projects for the whole Airbus Group including commercial aircraft, helicopters as well as defence and space. Being application driven, he is actively promoting entrepreneurship.

    Christian is currently Head of Domain Composites Materials & Process within Airbus CTO linking material innovation and expertise with todays and future products and programs.

  • Adrian Williams

    Co-Founder and Managing Director Future Materials Group

    Adrian has over 20 years’ experience in the advanced materials and renewable energy sectors and has held a number of senior management and director positions in the UK, Europe and North America.

    Adrian held a variety of positions at leading advanced materials company SP Systems, including global head of sales and marketing. In 1997 he was part of a management buy-in team and was subsequently involved in a number of company sales and acquisitions.

    At Gurit AG Adrian served on the executive committee and was head of the wind energy business unit with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

    Adrian has advised extensively on growth strategy and implementation across a broad range of companies from large multi-nationals to start-ups in Europe & North America. Adrian has a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering from Kingston University.

  • Balazs Zsigmond

    Carbon Fabric Specialist Metyx Group

    Dr. Balazs Zsigmond is working now as a consultant for carbon fiber, intermediates and composites. For almost a year he was the Technical and Quality manager of Sky Advanced Materials Ltd, Hungary, which company focuses for carbon fiber multiaxial fabric development and production. Between 2011 and 2016 he was the head of Product development engineering at HCC, Russia, where he focused for development of woven, knitted and braided fabrics as well as prepregs based mainly on carbon fiber. Before he led the Development group at Zoltek Hungary for 4 years, as well as be part of Zoltek Automotive team. He graduated as mechanical engineer and got his PhD at Budapest University and Technology. After his studies he worked at NASA GRC, USA as an independent researcher.