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Key Note Speaker
Prof. Dr. Klemens Skibicki (born 1972 in Cologne, Germany) completed his PhD in 2001 in economic history, after having studied business administration and economics at the University of Cologne (“Universität zu Köln”). Since 2004 until 2019 he has been professor for economics, marketing and market research at the Cologne Business School, Germany. In addition to academic research related to online marketing, he began his entrepreneurial career complementing his scientific work as a strategic consultant. Skibicki co-founded Convidera GmbH in 2012, ending up employing around 70 people in offices in Cologne and Düsseldorf and consulting numerous firms, ranging from DAX- to midsize corporations when he sold his shares there in 2016. Since Mid-2016 he continues to consult companies in all branches at c-level in change management to manage the holistic digital transformation of their value chain. Besides his PROFSKI GmbH invests into digital start-ups. The findings from research, consulting work and self-established web projects have led to his publication of six books, involving the topics digital restructuring and Social Media. From January 2013 until June 2018 he has been associate member of the advisory board “Young Digital Economy” (“junge digitale Wirtschaft”) of the German Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (“Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie”).
Device Authority VP Technology Partners
Rob is Vice President of Technology Partners at Device Authority and has over 30 years of experience across cybersecurity, Internet Of Things, industrial OT & ICS, SaaS, Semiconductors and Software engineering. He has worked on many complex IoT projects for in the areas of Transport/Automotive, Industrial & Smart Factory and Health Care (IoMT). Rob engages key partners across the IoT & Cybersecurity Ecosystems, where he architects, markets and brings compelling joint solutions to market. He has been involved with several successful start-ups and is also a keen event speaker who has spoken at many leading events on the topics of IoT and Cybersecurity.
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Principal Staff Engineer – PRI
Richard Freeman worked for Collins Aerospace in the UK from 1990-96 as a Production Metallurgist, dealing with the manufacture of a wide range of actuation components, including investment castings. He then joined TWI, a UK R&D technology consultancy in 1996, where he led the aerospace industry sector activities, eventually becoming an Associate Director in the company. After 25 years at TWI he joined the Performance Review Institute (PRI) in late 2021, to lead the Metallic Materials Manufacturing Task Group as a Principal Staff Engineer. PRI administers the Nadcap program, and the Metallic Materials Manufacturing Task Group covers the manufacture of forgings, sand and investment castings, on behalf of the aerospace OEM community.
Richard obtained a BSc Honors degree in Metallurgy in 1987 from Sheffield University, and a PhD in 1994 while working full-time on some R&D projects at Collins Aerospace. He is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials.
He has been the UK representative on the ISO TC44 SC14 welding in aerospace committee, and also the ISO TC 261 committee with ASTM F42 personnel on additive manufacturing for aerospace, for the last 14 years. He also represents the UK on the AWS D17 welding in aerospace committee, and has done for 25 years.
Richard will be speaking at the EICF Conference event on the Nadcap casting program.
LISTEN TO THE Technical & Market Sessions Speakers
Process Engineer & Simulation R & D Vacuum Metallurgy | ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH
Dr. Sergejs Spitans is a process engineer in the R&D department of the ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH since 2016 with >10 years’ experience in simulation of coupled electromagnetic, gas/fluid flow, heat transfer and structural mechanics problems.
Responsible for design, troubleshooting and improvement of ALD's equipment (focus on melting/remelting, investment casting and metal powder production).
Researcher | Access e.V.
The author has been developing prototype castings for the aerospace industry from titanium aluminides, titanium and Ni-based alloys for several years. For faster development of prototypes, he works on innovative approaches to incorporate additive manufactured cores and shells in investment casting.
Head of Development and Engineering | Feinguss Blank
Head of Development and Engineering.
Stefan studied mechanical engineering at the university of cooperative education in Stuttgart.
Stefan is at Feinguss BLANK GmbH since January 2020 as responsible for the division Development and Engineering. This includes five engineering groups as product design / development, process engineering, project management, plant / automation engineering and the technology centre.
Research and Innovation Manager | Eibar Precision Casting
He owns a Degree in Physics and a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of the Basque Country. He has previously worked as researcher and project manager at different research institutions until he became Research and Innovation Manager at Eibar Precision Casting (EIPC). He has been involved with technological aspects of the investment casting industry for the last 15 years. From a scientific point of view, he is author of 17 peer reviewed papers, 2 patents and more than 60 presentations in technical conferences.
3D Ceram | CEO
CEO of 3DCeram since 2009 Limoges France
Since 2016 Vice President of the French Ceramic Manufacturer
President of EuTeCer, the European Technical Ceramics Federation from 2013 to 2016.
Graduated from ENSCI French school of ceramic engineer and from HEC MBA.
Former General Manager of Ceric, an engineering company specialized in turnkey solution production of heavy clay building materials.
Investment casting specialist in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics | Rzeszow University of Technology (RUT)
Jacek is the investment casting specialist in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics located in Rzeszow University of Technology (RUT). He started in the industry since 1998 with PZL-WSK Rzeszow Company – aircraft engines and engines components manufacturer. His career was progressing from casting product engineer to foundry Manager with many implementations of casting components to engines manufactured by General Electric, International Aero Engines and Pratt&Whitney. Last 10 years Jacek works in University takes care of superalloys crystalization phenomenon and investment casting process improvement. Jacek holds Master of Science in Material Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow and PhD degree from RUT. He was actively involved in casting process continuous improvement as Six Sigma Black Belt also. He is the author and co-author over 30 scientific publications.
Additive manufacturing Office Manager | AGC Ceramics Co Ltd
I joined AGC., Ltd which is glass maker in 2003.
I had been engaged in product and business development of architectural and industrial glass from 2003 to 2017.
Since 2017, I have been developing ceramic material for 3Dprinter and development of business.
Product Manager and Sales at MAGMA GmbH | MAGMA Gießereitechnologie GmbH
Civilian service in rescue service in Saarbrücken
Studies material science in Saarbrücken from 1990-1995
Diploma thesis in thin layer technology: “UV resistant coating for window glass with cerium oxide layer” at the institute of new materials (INM) in Saarbrücken
Since 01.12.1995 employed at MAGMA in Aachen
First as project engineer, research and development manager and today product manager and sales.
Sales EMEA & Projects | voxeljet AG
Matthias Steinbusch as voxeljet AG Manager Sales EMEA & Projects is responsible for system sales as well as managing the EMEA sales team and sales partners. Furthermore, in his role as project manager, he is responsible for the management of large-scale projects relevant to the company. He joined voxeljet AG in 2013 as a team member for customer support. In 2014, he moved to operational system sales. Due to his extensive experience and market overview – especially within the foundry business, Matthias Steinbusch was entrusted with the coordination and management of strategic sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2018. From 2020 onwards, he took over responsibility for south-east Asia and South America.
Matthias holds a master of science in Management by the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Managing Director | Modtech
Mr. Kishan is Founder and Managing Director of Modtech Machines Pvt Ltd. He has been an IT professional and been working in US, India and UK.
Mr. Kishan is highly experienced in technology like software development, designing various solutions by using various software tools.
He has started his carrier with IBM in CAD/CAM division and since than he has remained associated with machine manufacture and product development. Today he has 40 years of experience in managing various businesses and has presented white papers and research papers in various forums in India as well as in other countries. His vast experience with the industry and business management is useful to many companies as he has been also consultant and technical advisor to various MNC’s like Microsoft, IBM and ORACLE. He is been associated in Investment casting since last 20 Years.
Lead Innovation Engineer | LBBC Technologies
Andrew is a process control engineer with over 25 years of experience in R&D, Process Control, Innovation and Product Development. Working in UK, Europe and East Africa, he has worked in a variety of roles including entrepreneur, employee and consultant in a variety of sectors including glass manufacture, water purification, wastewater treatment and equipment manufacture.
Andrew joined LBBC in 2020 as part of a KTP program with Leeds University and Innovate UK before joining LBBC full time in Aug 2022 to continue developing LBBC’s new breed of process equipment that is cloud-connected and enabling valued insights on the process and equipment performance for both LBBC and their customers. His current role leverages process insights to develop new features or technologies that deliver added value to our I.C. customers.
Andrew became a chartered engineer in 2003 and holds a B.Eng in Electronic Control and Systems Engineering, an MSc. in Water and Wastewater Treatment, and a postgraduate diploma in business from Lancaster University.
CEO | MK Technology
Michael Kügelgen, bom on July 22, 1955, studied mechanical engineering in Aachen. From 1987 he worked for the company "International Aerospace Technologies" as head of development and production for unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV’s.
In 1993 he started his own engineering office Kügelgen & Partner in Bonn. His main activities were design and consulting services in the field of aerospace and general engineering worldwide.
At the beginning of 1997, Michael Kugelgen decided to set up his own production facility for the development of special machines in addition to his consulting activities. A modern production facility has been established on 3,000 sqm with its own R&D area as well as training and conference rooms. With its modern facilities for rapid prototyping and investment casting, MK Technology is a world leader.
Michael Kügelgen has won fifteen innovation prizes and awards with his company MK Technology GmbH and holds several patents. The company belongs to the exclusive circle of "Hidden Champions" and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022.
Michael Kugelgen has been a pilot for over 40 years and holds a license for airplanes and helicopters.
Director | Mayo Engineering Ltd
Rajesh has recently been appointed a Director of Mayo Engineering Ltd, and has 18 years experience in the investment casting industry, having travelled extensively in commissioning many machines around the world. Rajesh is a keen all round cricket player, and plays for both the Mansfield, England 1st and 2nd teams
Head of Computed Tomography | Österreichisches Gießerei-Institut (ÖGI)
Dr. Florian Röper was born in Vienna (Austria) on September 4th, 1982. He holds a diploma in Materials Science from the Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and a PhD also from the Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria). In his PhD thesis he investigated structural bonds for aircraft repairs and wrote a thesis titled: “Structural Integrity and Durability of Adhesively Bonded Joints for Composite Repair in Aircraft Applications”. Before joining the Austrian Foundry Institute (Österreichisches Gießere-Institut) in Leoben (Austria), Dr. Röper was employed at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH as a doctoral and post-doctoral researcher. During this time, he published peer reviewed as well as conference papers for international conferences. E.g., at the European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM) and at the International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM). He also was in charge of national funded research projects. At the Austrian Foundry Institute (Österreichisches Gießerei-Institut), Dr. Röper’s main focus is Computed Tomography (CT). He also is head of the CT laboratory and project leader of national funded research projects.
Casting Technology Specialist | Consarc Engineering Ltd
Iñaki Vicario is the Casting Technology Specialist of Consarc Engineering. He belongs to the Technology Group of Consarc dealing with technical developments, and customer technical support.
He has almost 16 years of experience in the aerospace industry, specifically in investment casting technology as a foundry process owner, and also, as casting process specialist in several worldwide and high demanding vacuum casting projects.
He has also large experience in other metallurgical processes, such as vacuum heat treatment (10 years of experience in AMS 2750), VIM process for Ni based alloy manufacturing, HIP and gas phase aluminizing.
Mr. Vicario has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Basque Country in Industrial Engineering, specialized in Manufacturing Technologies.
Sales Engineer | Aquarese
Damien Claeyman has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France and a Master of Science Degree in Project, Programme Management and Business Development from Skema Business School in Lille, France.
After graduating, Damien joined Aquarese as a project manager to support the engineering, delivery and commissioning of turnkey systems all over the world. He then move to the sales department to sell long-term production, R&D contracts, and turnkey systems in the aerospace industry and participated in the specification of the CSR solution and its introduction to the market.
After Aquarese joined Shape Technologies Group in 2016, Damien supported the integration into the international sales team. He is now the Business Development manager for Aquarese and member of Aquarese steering committee.
Innovation and Technical Manager | Mayo Engineering Ltd
Apurva is a highly qualified engineer, with 25 years experience in the investment casting industry, having designed with Peter Mayo a wide range of innovative investment casting machinery, from wax and ceramic core injectors, through to wax reclamation systems, shelling equipment and knockout machines. He has travelled the world extensively, and visited hundreds of investment casting facilities, as well as having given a number of informative papers at various shows and conferences over the years. In his spare time Apurva is a keen cyclist having taken part in many road races across the world
Subject Matter Expert (SME) – Electrical materials Materials & Structures | Garrett Motion
Stéphane obained his engineering degree in materials science in Nancy, France, from the european school of material science and engineering. He also obtained a master degree in material science from Saarland university, Germany, and specialized into metallic materials during his final project when he focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses. Then he moved to Switzerland and joined the institue of materials of the EPFL in Lausanne for his PhD. His PhD was a joined collaboration between Alstom, the EPFL and the Paul Scherrer institute and aimed at investigating, using X-rays and neutrons diffraction techniques, the evolution of the microstructure of single crystal Ni-based superalloys during manufacturing process and creep deformation. Afters successfully defending his PhD thesis in September 2008, Stéphane joinded Safran Aircraft Engines company in France and worked for 4 years as material mechanics engineer. During this period, he submitted several papers in international conferences on the topic of high temperature crack growth mechanisms in wrought Ni-based alloys. Then he moved to design office division of the company and managed several projects to support the transition of innovative life prediction methodologies for aircraft engine rotative components from R&D to design operation work. In 2020, Stéphane decided to join Garrett Advancing Motion, one of the world leading company in turbocharging technology for automotive industry, to be part of the material and structure team in the french site of the company in Thaon-les-Vosges. During 2.5 years, Stéphane was leading the development of high temperature life prediction methodologies of turbine wheel components and implemented creep and TMF materials and life models into design processes. During the same period, he worked at implementing casting simulation capabilities in the software portfolio of the company, espacially focussing on casting defect risk assessment on investment cast turbine wheels made of Ni-based superalloys. 6 month ago, Stéphane moved to a new role of subject matter expert for electrical materials and is now owning material development work for electrical machines within the company.
MECAS ESI s.r.o. | Sr. Sales and Technical Engineer
Graduated on Brno University of Technology as a Casting Technology Engineer
Become part of ESI Group on the position within casting support and service team for Eastern Europe market.
Change role to position of Casting numerical simulation solution sales manager responsible for Eastern Europe market.
Now after 15 years of experience in Casting simulation business working as a part of ESI Group Customer Experience team for EMEA Region.
Associate Professor in Manufacturing | School of Engineering, UWE
Amir Bolouri (School of Engineering, University West of England), Associate Professor in Manufacturing has obtained his PhD on developing liquid and semisolid near-net-shape casting of aluminum alloys. Dr Bolouri has published over 30 papers in leading journals and conferences focused on aluminum alloys casting and metallurgy. He held two industrial postdoctoral fellowships focused on aluminum alloys casting – at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) as Jaguar Land Rover Research Fellow and in Canada, as Rio Tinto Alcan post-doctoral fellow. Dr Bolouri has won and led competitive internal and external research grants.
Product Manager | ASK Chemicals GmbH
fter successfully completing a degree in foundry technology, he worked as technologist and engineer in steel casting foundry, he later switched to the refractory industry, did work there as an application specialist, supervising foundries and steelworks.
Later worked in various positions at Vesuvius Company, responsible for the support and advice on both economic and technical aspects of iron and steel foundries, in particular with regard to the use of ceramic foam filters for the filtration of liquid metals in investment casting and also all other metal foundries and application areas where liquid metals are in use.
Currently working for ASK Chemicals GmbH as a specialist for risers and filters in the foundry industry of Germany and Europe. Has foundry experience of more than 45 Years. Author of different technical papers, inventor and also presenter at some technical conferences.
Senior Process Engineer | Salentec
Antonio Chiechi has a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Salento (Lecce-IT) with a specialization in aerospace materials in 2003 . Subsequently, he obtained a PhD degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Lecce in “Composite ceramic materials development for aerospace applications” in 2008 . During his PhD he had the pleasure of being a Phd visiting student at the NTNU - University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (Norway). There are several scientific literature articles published in journals and/or sector congresses. Together with other university colleagues he is co-inventor of some European and non-European patents in the aerospace and industrial field. Fifteen years experience in inorganic Materials development; leader of several research activities on ceramic processing and synthesis of inorganic oxides.
Antonio has many skills in ceramic and metal injection moulding and 3D printing processes in investment casting, industrial, energy and medical fields.
Process Engineer | Access eV
The author specializes in advanced casting system design for aerospace components using simulation tools. His research involves exploring application of additive manufacturing methods in investment casting, standardizing simulation processes for reliable defect predictions and collaborating with casting experts to bring ideas to life in both public research and industrial projects involving investment casting applications.
Researcher | University of Applied Sciences Kempten
Felix holds a PhD by the University of Dusiburg-Essen (Development of a modular data-driven optimization-chain for manufacturing processes demonstrated in the foundry industry. Since 2019 he is a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten
Sales Manager | DANIELI Engineering & Services GmbH
Grygorii was graduated from National Aerospace University, Kharkiv, Ukraine with post grades studies in the Institute for Surface Chemistry of National Academy of Science, Kyiv, Ukraine and the Institute for Metal Physics of National Academy of Science, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Gregory has an extensive industrial experience in companies like Paton Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine, Pratt & Whitney-Paton, Kyiv, Ukraine, Discovery Drilling Systems, Striy, Ukraine, ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, Hanau, Germany,Seco/Warwick-Germany GmbH, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, Indutherm-Bluepower GmbH, Walzbachtal, Germany
SMS-Mevac GmbH, Dusseldorf, Germany, Danieli Special Metallurgy, Leoben, Austria
Senior lecturer Faculty of Mechanical Engineering | Brno University of Technology
Senior lecturer at Brno University of Technology (BUT), Institute of Manufacturing Technology, department of Foundry Engineering. He graduated from the same university specializing in numerical simulation of foundry processes and foundry technology. From 2001-2018 he worked as a business development manager and later as a sales director for Central and Eastern Europe at the ESI Group. Member of the Czech Foundryman Society and Chairman of the Technology Commission. Chairmen of working Group for Management at WFO. Since 2019 he has been responsible for the development of investment casting technology at the BUT workplace.
Group Technical Director | Remet
Gavin is the group technical director of REMET®, with responsibility of Quality, R&D and New Product Development within the REMET Group. Gavin earned his PhD entitled “Shell Improvements for the Investment Casting of Orthopaedic Implants” from the University of Birmingham in 2016. Gavin also completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University in 2019.
He has gained over 5 years investment casting experience as a process and materials engineer within a medical device foundry before joining Remet in 2016. Gavin has presented 15 publications over the last 10 years at many different international conferences worldwide.
Investment Casting Engineer | LANIK s.r.o.
Ladislav Tomek graduated from the Brno University of Technology (BUT), Institute of Manufacturing Technology, department of Foundry Engineering in 2008. His master thesis was focused on the interaction between iron castings and cement sand moulds. He joined LANIK s.r.o. company in 2008 as sales engineer and since 2011 his specialization is the lost wax process with focus on applications of ceramic foam filters, ceramic cups and cores. Since 2019 he has been involved in collaboration with Brno University of Technology (BUT) and development of investment casting technology at the BUT workplace. Member of the Czech Foundryman Society.
Executive Director | Investment Casting Institute
Joseph E. Fritz has been the Executive Director of the Investment Casting Institute (ICI) and its wholly owned subsidiary, INCAST Magazine (the world’s only monthly publication dedicated to Investment Casting), since 2013. Under his leadership, the ICI has focused its initiatives on member services, educational resources, technological collaboration, industry sustainability and growth.
With over 30 years’ experience in the Aerospace and Power Generation industries, Mr. Fritz has worked in a variety of capacities with a number of Fortune 100 as well as privately held companies. During this time, he has contributed to a number of programs, including the Navy’s Trident II, Phalanx and Aegis programs, the Air Force’s Joint Strike Fighter program and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program.
Mr. Fritz holds degrees in Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA with a concentration in Strategic Marketing from Union College.
He continually strives to better the organization and all those associated with the ICI.
Vice-President company of China Foundry Association
Mr. Gan WeiXian is the Vice General Manager of Huizhou Jibang Precision Technology Co.,Ltd, with more than 16 years of experience in the field of investment casting industry.
Huizhou Jibang Precision Technology Co Ltd is the current Vice President Company of China Foundry Association.
Mr. Gan Weixian is representing China Foundry Association, informing about the market evolution of the Investment Casting China market
Staff member for International Relations and Machine’s Trade Association | JFS
Internationally sales experience at British Airways, Tokyo and administrative experiences at Waseda University, Tokyo.
Strong interest in manufacturing industry, simultaneously by maximizing my past working experiences at multi-cultural environments
Executive Director | EICF AISBL
Carlos Olabe is the current CEO of the European Investment Casters Federation [EICF], serving this position since the end of 2014. Mr. Olabe has been linked to the aerospace industry for a period over 20 years . Mr. Olabe background is an Engineer specialized in electricity and energy where he has devoted another 15 years of his professional life in key managerial positions with experience in the field of nuclear equipments and lately renewables Mr. Olabe is a believer in cooperation and innovation as elements that enhance operations and achievements of organizations.