At its virtual plenary session on 1 December 2020, the TPE-Forum elected Dr. Ines Kühnert, Institute of Polymer Materials of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e. V. (IPF Dresden), and Dr. Stefan Zepnik, Mocom Compounds GmbH & Co. KG, as new speakers. They succeed Jürgen Hättig, Covestro, and Dr. Günter Scholz, BASF, who have successfully led and represented the association of key players in the TPE industry since its beginnings in 2016.
Kühnert, who heads the Processing Technology Department at the IPF, has been actively involved with the TPE-Forum for a long time. Among other things, she hosted the TPE-Forum meeting in February 2019 at the IPF in Dresden and is actively shaping the further establishment of TPEs in the market in various bodies and committees. Looking ahead to her new role, she said:
Dr. Ines Kühnert (Source: IPF)
Zepnik is Director Technical Service Center at Mocom, which builds on the 50-year tradition of the former Technical Compounds Division of Albis Plastic GmbH. He has also been involved in the TPE-Forum for years and has made a name for himself as an expert in the industry with numerous publications and conference contributions, among other things. On his new role as speaker for the TPE-Forum, he said:
Dr. Stefan Zepnik (Source: Mocom)
The minutes of the plenary session can be viewed and downloaded from the TPE-Forum website (www.tpe-forum.de). More information about the TPE-Forum and its new speakers will follow in the next issue of TPE Magazine.
The next TPE-Forum meeting is scheduled to take place in March 2021.
About the IPF
The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e. V. (IPF) is one of the largest polymer research institutions in Germany. It conducts holistic polymer materials research from synthesis and modification of polymer materials, their characterisation to processing and testing.
Mocom is one of the world’s leading compounders with a comprehensive portfolio of technical compounds. Formerly the Technical Compounds Division of Albis GmbH, Mocom builds on a 50-year tradition.