Speaker Group: TechFocus Presentations.

Arjan Schaeffer

Arjan Schaeffer (BSc Chemistry) joined the Ashland coatings additives technology team in 2010 and supporting research and development for worldwide projects, as well as leading technical service for the European coatings market. Since 2024 he has joined the Account Management team for Benelux and the Nordics, as well as serving as Channel Partner Coordinator for… Read more »

Sebastian Dziki

Sebastian joined Borchers’ Technical Service Team in Germany in 2019 as a chemist. Since then, he has provided numerous performance-driven solutions with Borchers’ additives, driers, and catalysts in paint and coating formulations. Before joining Borchers, he worked for PPG Industries in R&D for their Architectural and Protective and Marine Coatings divisions. Sebastian holds a bachelor’s… Read more »

Dr Zaka Ahmed

Dr Zaka Ahmed is heading the Customer Technical Services department – Industrial Applications in Innospec Ltd. He is working from European R&D headquarter in Ellesmere Port, UK and is covering EMEA & APAC regions. He obtained his PhD in polymer chemistry from St Andrews University, UK and has over 25 years’ experience in working at… Read more »

Dr Toby Strite

Dr. Strite oversees the launch of transformational laser technologies into new applications and markets. He earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1993. His early career focused on the commercialization of diode lasers for fiber optic telecommunications at his postings at IBM Zürich Research Lab and JDS Uniphase. Upon… Read more »

Nick Wood

After studying chemistry, Nick gained a grounding in coatings technology as an industrial paints formulator.  He then transitioned to the raw materials side of the industry, specialising in technical service, technical marketing and technical sales.  Coatings additives have been a constant focus; Nick has held technical manager positions for Tego (Evonik) in both the UK… Read more »

Caroline Matthiesen

Caroline Matthiesen made an apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant at Worlée-Chemie GmbH. After her examination 2013 she worked for 4 years in the technical marketing laboratory for waterborne binders. During that time she developed starting point formulations, worked on customer & R&D proects and therefore contributed essentially to the success of waterborne alkyds. In… Read more »

Daniel Fischer

Daniel Fischer started with ECKART GmbH in 1999 by completing ECKART’s Apprenticeship Scheme in Coatings & Paint Technology, where he gained detailed training in the chemistry, formulation, manufacture, testing and application of Effect Pigment Paints and Coatings. During his employment with ECKART GmbH, Daniel has worked with many different paint systems in a wide range… Read more »

Lara Walter

Lara Walter started her career in the coating industry more than 10 years ago working for a german family run midsized company. She holds a master degree in chemical engineering with major focus on coatings and is experienced in architectural coatings, pigment concentrates and automotive coatings. She joined BYK in 2018 and is in charge… Read more »

Martin Willis

Martin is a Director of IPI Global having worked for them since 2015. Martin has worked in the Chemicals as well as other industries for almost 30 years, specialising in EU and International Trade in Technical Solutions based sales, marketing and product management. In the chemicals sector he has worked with adhesives (cyanoacrylate & anaerobic)… Read more »