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Director Development E-Coat & New Technologies EMEA


1979 Born in Québec, Canada, 1998-2001 BSc Chemistry, Université Laval, Québec, Canada 2001-2002 MSc Physical Chemistry, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada 2002-2006 PhD Physical Chemistry, Max-Planck Institute of colloids and interfaces/Uni Postdam Germany 2006-2012 Lab Manager, Research Department, BASF Coatings GmbH, Münster Germany Field of work: Coatings for Plastics, Interfacial adhesion/molecular interactions between paint layers for automotive 2012-2016 Head Competence Center Total Layer & Primer EMEA, Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions Europe, BASF Coatings GmbH, Germany Field of work: molecular interactions between paint layers, paint build-up formulation, primer business (technical) 2016-today Director Development E-Coat & New Technologies EMEA, Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions Europe, BASF Coatings GmbH, Germany Field of work: Formulation and related activities in the field of E-Coat & New Technologies, incl. Low Bake activities

Mauro Antico

Materials Engineering Manager


Guillaume Basquin

Paint Engineering Manager


I have more than 20 years of professional experience in automotive industry and engineering. I started with different jobs in painting environment: production flow management – industrial paintshops masterplans – paint material industrialization – process project management – lean manufacturing. Within the previous years, I notably have been in charge of the new paint shop project of Shenzhen in China and of quality in use for the R & D body-cockpit-materials office. I am currently in charge of all process projects – innovations follow-up – corrosion/sealing vehicle design – vehicle launches for painting engineering department

Pierre Batocchi

Head of Innovation


Dominique Bonnet

Paint Process Expert


Cecilia Casadei

Paintshop Line Manager


Frederic Charnoz

Global Account Manager


Before joining SAMES KREMLIN I worked for a major Plastic Tier 1 supplier in France as Export Sales Manager. I’m now with Kremlin Rexson since 12 Years have been in charge of business development in overseas, before being Global Account Manager for german OEM’S and being now director of operations in Germany

Raphael Draber

Paint Deputy General Manager


David Fenn

Senior Scientist


Luigi Franzese

Paintshop Manager


Lars Friedrich

President & CEO


Takeshi Goto

Director Engineering


Maud Havard

Senior Manager


I joined BASF France S.A.S.- Division Coatings as ‘Junior Project Manager’ to develop the new paint technology for PSA (short process in SK-Trnava) and this after a 1- year ‘color development’ experience session at BASF in Germany. This experience offered me the opportunity to set up and to manage the new ‘color lab’ in France, for 4 years. Being the main technical contact person for PSA HQ since 5 years, I am now completely involved in the coordination of all BASF laboratories worldwide, developing paint for PSA.

Thomas Heusser

Head of Technology Development Materials and Process Engineering


1994 Quality Management Paintshop Ingolstadt; Neckarsulm 2002 Head of Paintshop Product Planning AUDI Since 2013 Head of technology development / materials; process engineering

Karl-Heinz Joost

Division Manager Strategic R&D


I majored Chemical Engineering at the University of applied sciences in Duesseldorf, Germany. I have joined Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings in 2014. From 2016, I was in charge of Strategic Research & Development. Since 2019, I am in charge for Global R&D Management.

Diana Koschel

Senior Expert in the Department Treatment and Corrosion


Graduated at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft in Dresden as Chemical Engineer in 2000, PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2004 and about 15 years working experience in the field of corrosion on different materials (steel, stainless steel and aluminium) in different applications and markets

Peter Kuhm

Director Portfolio Management


Pascal Lambert

Paint Manufacturing Manager


Maciej Laufer

Paintshop Technical Manager


Michaela Liese

Head of Color Center Europe


Michaela Liese, BASF Coatings GmbH, born in 1973, studied Mechanical Engineering at University GH Essen, before joining BASF Headquarter in 1999. After several technical and commercial positions in the Engineering Plastics unit in Ludwigshafen and Paris she started at BASF Coatings Münster in 2007, where she took over the lead of the Color Center Europe in 2016 after responsibilities in the OEM account management.

Isabelle Marchand

Expert Leader Perceived Quality


Heike Marhofer

Technical development of seam sealing materials


Christel Martens

Global R&D Manager


After my school I start an internship in the Pharmacy My first interview at EFTEC I remember as it was yesterday, direct after the interview then boss Mr Nahon said you can start but in 3 days you have to go direct to Swiss for a training of 3 months and I take it and changed the pharmacy for automotive My career went OK and so here after 30 years I am still at EFTEC ! After 3 month I got 3 months extra in Swiss, very nice region: the lake and the beautiful mountains, so I didn’t refuse. After Swiss I started in EFTEC Belgium from the customer support lab into development, into responsible of the lab , I got even the change to go into Purchasing and then back in the lab as a global world wide responsible for developments in Plastisols & Waxes It is never boring at EFTEC and they give my a lot of change to see the world from China to America. I could enjoy and still do: the nice collaborations with our customers and I am grateful that I got the change to know other cultures and still can do

Marc Michel

Vice President


Michel has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in Business Administration with over 15 years of experience in the field of automotive paint-shops internationally. He has worked in different divisions of MAN as Senior Manager for Truck Assembly and then in 2006 became Vice President for Truck Assembly Division; then in 2007 became Vice President Production and today, since 2012, he covers the position of Vice President MAN Commercial Vehicles.

Christophe Mineur

Upstream startegy fonction team leader for Painting Facilities


As upstream strategic function team (USFT) leader for painting facilities, I’m in charge to build with purchasing and engineering the best way to upgrade, develop and buy new painting facilities. This is enhanced with a strong relationship and partnership inside the Alliance, and especially Nissan. Digital transformation for Paintshop is an additional part of my job, which is a natural complementary activity to the other one. Previously to USFT & digital officer, I’ve been involved in process engineering as new vehicle painting project manager, PLC project manager & PLC manager. I entered Renault in 2000, just after being graduated at SUPELEC (Gif, France) & Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)

Pierre Morandi

Technology Leader Appearance Products


Pierre obtained a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 followed by a Ph.D in Photo-Mechanics in 2014. He worked for 4 years in a research laboratory in the field of 3D optical measurement system specifically for time-resolved strain measurement in the bulk of material using laser scanning tomography. During this time he developed new innovative calibration, measurement and volume reconstruction processes and algorithms in the field of Optical Rotating Scanning Tomography. He then started a position at Rhopoint Instruments Ltd. UK in charge of the development of appearance measurement algorithms for embedded systems. During four years of Rhopoint Instruments he was involved in significant collaborative projects with large automotive OEM’s and other partners. As Technology Leader for Rhopoint in the field of Appearance Measurement, he was responsible for the development of several next generation instruments for analysis of surfaces and visual perception characterisation.

Akira Nishimura

Project Manager


I have been working on paint design department in Toyota since 2002 and was in Toyota Motor North America from 2014 to 2018, After working on top coat paint material development and Lexus paint design, now I am in charge of IT tool development for efficiency improvement and making color introduction strategy…

Kevin O'Connor

Director Global Product Management


Masahiro Omura

Technical Manager


I have been working on automotive coatings division in Kansai Paint since 2000 and was in Guangzhou Kansai Paint(China)from 2013 to 2016, now I am in charge of New color development for Toyota

Shinya Otake

Assistant Manager


I have been working on Paint Production Engineering Dept. in Toyota Motor Corporation since 2006. And was Takaoka paint plant engineer from 2011 to 2013. I started to work as Advisor in Toyota North America from 2014 to 2018. After returned to Japan, working on new generation paint production engineering development in Paint Production Engineering Div.

Daniel Pasch

Paint Engineering Manager


Roberta Pecoraro

Manufacturing Paint Methods Senior Manager


Cécile Pesci

Product Manager Automotive Coatings


Jean-Marc Pinel

Technical Director


Remy Prevosteau

Paint Engineering Expert


At PSA since 2002, and in charge of industrial pre-projects for PSA paintshops since 2006 Leader for pre-project phase on greenfield plants at PSA, from Kaluga in Russia (2008) to Kenitra in Morocco (2016)

Jose Rodrigues

Paint Technology Manager


With a background in mechanical engineering, I have been working for a long time in product and process development. My last 12 years have been spent at ABB as R&D manager, Business Unit Manager and finally Technology Manager for Paint where I am responsible for all paint developments worldwide, including robots, atomizers and paint components.

Giovanni Sala

Technical Manager

Nitro System Coating Technologies

Sebastien Salze

Automotive Market Manager


Ewa Skonecka

Manufacturing Paint Materials Manager


Takahiro Tawata

R&D Engineer


Peter Votruba-Drzal

Technical Director Mobility


Peter Votruba-Drzal, is the global technical director, automotive OEM and mobility for PPG. He is responsible for the global research and product development activities. Peter joined PPG in 2005, after a one year post-doctoral position at Northwestern University and two years as a materials researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has served in multiple technical and technical management roles during his PPG career. Peter holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Ingo Weber

Group leader Radar Development


09.2003 - 11.2008 Development Engineer DSC/ESP and ICM, BMW Group, Dynamic Stability Control, Integrated Chassis Management / series development, application, simulation, responsibility for the series release of trailer stabilization for all BMW Group cars, new interface ICM, DSC, improvement of vehicle dynamics through cross-linking of the actors, ... 12. 2008 -05.2010 Team Lead Test and Validation ICM CPU unit, BMW Group, leadership for test team (8 employees), series development: driver assistance DA/ chassis control CC, supplier supervision, test methodic, system validation, responsibility for final test report 09. 2008 – 01.2010 Computer Technician, Schwanthaler Computer, computer repairs, assembly,. 06. 2010 -11.2011 Project Lead ICM CPU Unit X3, 1 / 3 series, BMW Group, leadership for the project team (11 employees), series development of DA/CC-systems including inertial sensors, supplier supervision and coordination, project management, responsibility for series release 12. 2011 –05.2015 Module Lead for Chassis Control and Driver Assistance, BMW GROUP, leadership of 20 employees, DA-Systems (Radar, ACC, DCC, PMA, HC, …) and CC-Systems (DSC/ESP, RDS, ICM, …) for vehicles: 1er, 2er, 3er, 4er, 5er, X3, X4, Z4, ... , coordination between vehicle projects and control development projects including suppliers, supervision of quality issues for already launched vehicles 06.2015 – today Group Lead for Radar Systems, BMW GROUP, technical and disciplinary leadership of 23 internal, 40 external employees, supplier coordination, series development, responsibility for series release of radar sensors, predevelopment and research in radar technologies, enabling of highly automated and fully automated driving, supervision of students

Ben Weetmann

Application Engineer


I joined Nissan Motor Manufacturing via the graduate scheme. My first year was spent in production as a supervisor in Check & Repair (post paint application). This gave me an appreciation for the full paint process as well as the defects caused by each zone. Once returning to Engineering I was part of the commissioning team for the new Emissions Compliant Paintshop. My involvement was based on the process side of the topcoat application. During the support period, one of my main focuses was defect reduction as this heavily contributes towards one the shops main KPI’s. Currently I am working on the optimization of the topcoat process.

Bruno Welsch

Member of the Board


1985 – 1995 Various positions at Zertz + Scheid Ingenieurgesellschaft in electrical hardware design and software development, among others 1996 – 2000 Career start at Dürr: electrical hardware design and software development 2000 – 2001 Team leader software development 2002 – 2005 Project manager 2005 – 2008 Managing Director of Dürr de México S.A. de C.V. 2008 – 2010 President of Paint and Final Assembly Systems of Dürr de México S.A. de C.V. and Vice President of Paint and Final Assembly Systems North America 2010 – 2018 President & CEO of Dürr Systems North America (Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador) since August 2018 CEO of the Paint and Final Assembly Systems division and member of the Board of Management of Dürr Systems AG, Stuttgart

Kenny White

Director, Vehicle Systems Global Paint GMNA Paint Execution


Frank Wingerter

Global Market Manager Surface Treatment


1994 Chemical Engineer in Mannheim / Germany 1994-2000 PD and technical customer service at BASF / Elastogran Since 2000 at Henkel in various positions in Sales, Key Account Management and Marketing for automotive adhesives Since 2019 Global Business Development Manager Surface Treatment

Jianping Xu

Senior Manager

Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobiles

With almost 23 years work for paint process and 7 years for manager; The procedure founder of standard for green process with pretreatment+IPP primeless + 2k clearcoat in DPCA, which is the first line with all greencoating process in China.

Antonio Zaza

Senior Executive Director Sales & Global Key Account


Antonio has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering with over 15 years of experience in the field of automotive paint-shops internationally. He has worked in different divisions of Geico as Commissioning Manager, Project Manager, Commissioning and Process Engineering Manager, to reach the leadership position of Managing Director of Geico China in Suzhou. He is today Senior Executive Director Sales & Global Key Account.