As Global Director of Materials Engineering for Magna Exteriors, Dr. Sid Asthana has responsibility for materials used in automotive exterior parts supplied to vehicles manufacturers.
Prior to joining Magna Exteriors, Dr. Asthana was Director, Materials Research and Development for Federal Mogul’s Seals and Gaskets business unit. He has worked for automotive Tier 1 and Tier II suppliers for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Asthana is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers and the American Chemical Society. He holds a Doctorate in Polymer Science from the University of Akron and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Henri-Paul Benichou is Sales & Business Development Manager at POLYSCOPE POLYMERS. He is mechanical engineer and works on automotive applications, mostly in Europe and Asia. Thanks to his long experience in engineering plastics and composites, he has supported several high precision and innovative projects for the automotive industry, particularly in sunroof systems.
Biography coming soon.
Born in 1983, Bertrand graduated in Engineering from ECAM-Lyon (France). Through internships, he joined several companies in the automotive industry (Bosch, France and Vibracoustic, Germany) and aeronautic industry (Airbus, UK).
Bertrand joined the automotive industry in 2005 in the NVH field (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), first in charge of the powertrain NVH performance in the low and medium frequencies and then in charge of the overall NVH performance of the gasoline engines, including the 1st generation of 3 cylinders engines.
In 2014 he then turned to Environmental topics and Circular Economy, and worked in textile recycling, with applications mainly dedicated to Car & NVH solution (Minot Recycling Textile), and then in the development of new recycled plastics. As Recycling Project Leader within the Renault Material Engineering Department, Bertrand is in charge of the improvement of the plastic recycled content of Renault Group’s vehicles, including the cross-functional management of decentralized polymer engineering teams dedicated to recycled plastic development at regional scale.
For more than 15 years, Peter Fuss has been a Partner with Ernst & Young in Germany acting as Senior Advisory Partner Automotive for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Over the last 25 years, he has been advising Automotive companies on business issues with regard to strategic questions or commercial topics as for example Mergers & Acquisitions.
Peter Fuss is Co-Moderator of the web-based Automanager. TV magazine, frequent speaker at Automotive Conferences (i.e. Automotive News Europe Congress, Fleet Europe Congress, Automotive Finance Summit, Automotive Plastics Conference, Handelsblatt Autogipfel, Automotive Surfaces Conference, Made in Steel Congress, etc.) across Europe and publisher of Automotive Studies.
2003-2006: Practical education
Graduation as Certified Chemical Technical Assistant
2006-2009: Studied at “Fachhochschule Münster”, University of Applied Sciences
Graduation: Bachelor of Science (Specialisation: Applied Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry)
2009-2011: Studied at “Fachhochschule Münster”, University of Applied Sciences
Graduation: Master of Science (Specialisation: Applied Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography)
2011-2014: Member of the administrative staff at SGS Institut Fresenius Automotive Test House, Herten.
Documentation, interpretation and reporting of tests according to automotive standards with special emphasis on Emission tests / mass spectroscopy.
2014-today: Member of Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid. Material and failure analyses.
Analysis of failure scenarios. Special responsibilities at the field of Emission testing
In 2018, Mrs. Silvia Hanzelova joined the Mondi Group as Industry Group Manager responsible for the establishment and growth of tailor made extrusion layered products for the automotive industry.
She is based in Duffel, Belgium at the Mondi Belcoat NV plant.
Prior to joining Mondi, Silvia was working at Milliken Chemicals BVBA as a Development Engineer and later on as a Key Account Manager responsible for the sales of clarifiers and nucleating agents at major polyolefin producers in WE and CEE.
Before starting her career in the private sector, Silvia worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group at Ghent University, Belgium.
Born 13-6-1963, 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 and in 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 following a 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.
On 1 June 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 has been appointed as Strategic Intelligence and Market Intelligence Director at DSM Engineering Plastics.
1982: Matura at BORG Innsbruck (Austria)
1982-1990: Diploma studies of chemistry at the University Innsbruck (Austria)
1990-1994: Dr. rer nat studies (Voltammetric studies of platinum) at the University Innsbruck (Austria)
1994: Deputy head of quality control department at Gebro Pharma (Austria)
2000: Sourcing active pharmaceutical ingredients at Biochemie GmbH (Austria)
2001: Group leader analytical development at Biochemie GmbH (Austria)
2002: Head of laboratory and material engineering at Freudenberg Special Sealing Products Austria
Since 2008: Advanced material development at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
Giorgio Lesage holds a M.Sc in Polymer Chemistry from Genoa University (ITALY) and won a Ph.D in Parma University in Industrial Chemistry.
During his career as material/process expert he has developed new materials and products solution for NVH applications in automotive industry as well as complex products for air treatment cooling, heating and dehumidification.
He coauthored several scientific publications as well as patents, leading multinational research groups in complex B2B environments. He has served in different roles, from R&D into Product Management, mastering recently "Lean Product Development" methodology.
At present he is the Director for Advance Development in Adler Pelzer Group, leading innovations activities in materials and process development, as well as managing the global Acoustic Team, in charge of materials, product and vehicles testing and simulation methodologies.
Christoph Siara has led the sales team at OCSiAl Europe
since 2016. He has extensive experiences in resin thermoplastics, elastomers,
metals and papers, having led various business development teams across those
industries. Passionate about new technologies and innovation, Christoph has a successful
track record bringing and implementing game changing solutions within complex
and high-tech environments.
Since 2013: Materials Expert, Groupe Plastivaloire, Langeais, France
1998 – 2013: CEA, Project Manager, Monts, France
1994 – 1997: PhD, Materials Science, Paris 7 University, France
Mathias will deliver the opening keynote address on day two of the Summit (Tuesday 18 June), addressing the emerging need for 3D printing in vehicle development.
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