Andreas Vömel
Product Manager wet cut systems
Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
Reliable & economical pelletizing solutions for all PET recycling technologies
Mr. Andreas Voemel completed his studies at the Technical University (TU) in Karlsruhe with a diploma degree in electrical engineering, focusing on control technology. His professional career took him after his first steps in the control business to Automatik where he worked in sales of pelletizing systems worldwide. Presently Andreas Voemel is product manager for wet cut systems of Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH.

Dr. Dirk Karasiak
Managing Director
Aquafil Engineering GmbH
EverPET® - The chemical recycling technology
Dr. Dirk Karasiak studied chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry for research on metallocene catalysts and polymerisation. Mr. Dirk Karasiak has additionally a master degree as Engineer of Economics. In April 2000 he joined the Aquafil Group. After three years in the Caprolactam and Cyclohexanone business, he moved in 2003 to Aquafil Engineering. He worked as Project Manager in all fields of Aquafil Engineering businesses (mainly Polyamide and Polyester). In 2005 he changed to the position of Deputy Managing Director. Since September 2013 he is the Managing Director of Aquafil Engineering.

Dr. Wolfgang Ernst
Executive Vice President
BB Engineering GmbH
Latest Developments on Bottle-To-Fiber Processes
Dr. Ernst studied polymer engineering at the University of Paderborn, Germany. After his scientific career at the university, he achieved his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree. He joined BBE in 2006 and took over the technological responsibility for extrusion systems and R&D activities at BB Engineering. Since 2012 he is responsible for sales and customer service activities.

Andreas Christel
Director Process Technology
Bühler Thermal Processes AG
Innovation in the PET Recycling Chain
Andreas Christel is leading the group responsible for R&D, equipment design and process technology at Bühler Thermal Processes AG since 2011. He has a degree as a Chemist (HTL) from the University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland. Andreas Christel has 23 years experience in PET materials development and processing and held various R&D positions in Switzerland and the USA. He joined Bühler in January 1999 to become the Product Manager for rPET with responsibility for technology, process development and marketing of the Bühler bottle-to-bottle recycling process.

Sabine Schönfeld
Sales Manager
Coperion GmbH
Processing of PET on the Co-rotating Twin Screw Extruders ZSK Mc18
Sabine Schönfeld studied Process Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and started working for Coperion - at that time Werner & Pfleiderer - directly after her Diploma thesis in 1990. Her first job was in the process engineering department, today she is working as Sales Manager at Coperion in the field of Engineering Plastics. Besides that she is frequently present on seminars and conferences and has published a number of papers in international magazines.

Dirk Nissen
Manager Processing Technologies
Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH
Pushing the limits of extrusion – customized melt properties with MRS technology
Dirk Nissen was born in 1970 in Germany. He studied “Mechanical Engineering” at RWTH Aachen, specialised on “Plastics Processing” at “Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV). After graduating as Dipl.-Ing. he started his career in 1998 in the mechanical engineering/plastic processing industry. After various positions within Process Engineering and R&D in the mechanical engineering, automotive and medical product industry, Dirk Nissen joined Gneuss in 2014 as Manager Processing Technologies.

Werner Herbold
Managing Director
Herbold Meckesheim GmbH
More economic and energy efficiency in the production of PET-Flakes out of waste bottles
Date and location of birth
1953 in Heidelberg, Germany
Studies of economics
Since 1978
Managing Director / Shareholder Herbold GmbH

Dr. Martina Lehmann
Managing Partner
Closed PET-Bottle-Cycle - Desire or Reality
Current occupationManaging Partner of MAKSC GmbH Magdeburger Kunststoff-Service-Center, a service provider for the plastic and recycling industry and owner of icTP, an engineering consultancy, specialised in the field of polyester technology (PET - polyethylene terephthalate)
Professional careerStudy and graduation at Moscow Lomonossow-Institute

David Swift
Marketing and Business Development Manager
PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling Ltd.
2015 – Possibly a problem year for PET Recycling in West Europe
David Swift was educated in UK studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester and, subsequently, gained a Masters degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey. David joined Shell’s research laboratory in Sittingbourne, Kent (UK) in the Crop Protection business but moved to Shell Centre in 1980 to work initially on global regulatory submissions. David transferred to M&G Group in May 2000, with the purchase of Shell’s PET business, working as Global Marketing manager for the Resins Business Unit until March 2007 when he joined PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling Ltd. where he is now in the role of Managing Director.

Christian Schiavolin
General Manager
SB Plastics Machinery
MOBY: Solid State Polycondensation Plants for PET Using Infrared Radiations and Vacuum
Current occupationGeneral Manager in SB Plastics Machinery – Technical and commercial improvement of Solid State Polycondensation (SSP) and Super-Clean processes of new and recycled Polyester (PET) using a system based on the contemporary application of infrared radiation and vacuum.
Professional careerPhD in Philosophy @ University of Padova

Michael Perl
Head of Business Unit SORTING Recycling
Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH
Sorting Solutions for high quality PET Recycling
Michael Perl is 34 years old and working for S+S SORTING Recycling since 2007. In 2006 he graduated as “Diplom Betriebswirt” in Technical Business Administration (FH) at the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany. As Sales Area Manager he was responsible for the sales in various regions worldwide and the support to the Country Sales Managers and Sales Partners of S+S SORTING Recycling outside of Europe. In 2013 he took over the responsibility as “Head of Business Unit SORTING Recycling”.

Erwin Glawion
Sales Manager
Trützschler Fleissner
R-PET fibers for Nonwovens
Erwin Glawion studied plastics technology at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt. After several years in charge of developing and start-up of twin-screw extruders, he changed over to the sector of melt extrusion for spinning processes for PET, PA and PP fibers, yarns and nonwovens. He has been working as Technology Manager at Trütschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers for 8 years now.

Dr. Meinolf Kersting
Chief Technology Officer
Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH
Flakes to Resin - FTR® - An efficient recycling technology for PET producers
Meinolf Kersting studied chemistry in Bristol/England and Marburg/Germany. He graduated in chemistry and received his PhD from Philipps-University in Marburg. After a post-doctoral study at Cornell University/USA he worked for BASF. In 1997 he became head of R&D for TARGOR. In 2000 he joined Novolen Technology. as head of the Novolen PP licensing business. In 2006 he joined Süd-Chemie AG as head of the newly founded polyolefin catalyst business. Since 2013 he works as CTO for Uhde Inventa-Fischer responsible for the technology portfolio (Polyester, Polyamides and PLA) and R&D.

Jan Meyer
Business Development Manager
Unisensor GmbH
Laser Spectroscopy – The highest sorting efficiency for PET recycling processes
Jan Meyer is Business Development Manager for sorting solutions, specifically in the field of PET Recycling at UNISENSOR Sensorsysteme GmbH since 2010. Beforehand he worked several years as a Management Consultant. He studied Industrial Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the University of Karlsruhe and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.