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Laser Zentrum Hannover

Change in Management


Klaus Ulbrich, Dietmar Kracht and Stefan Kaierle (from left to right)

Stefan Kaierle took over the scientific and technical management of the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) together with Dietmar Kracht. He succeeds Ludger Overmeyer, who has been apointed Chairman of the Scientific Directorate following Wolfgang Ertmer. Kaierle studied electrical engineering and obtained his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University. From 1998 to 2011 he chaired the Systems Engineering department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen. Since 2012 he has been Head of the Materials and Process Technology department at LZH. Jörg Hermsdorf takes over as Head of the Materials and Process Technology department. He has been working at LZH since 2001, most recently as Head of the groups for Machinery and Controls, and Surface Technology, which now operates under the name Additive Fertigung — Metalle.


Scientist Changes to Supervisory Board

Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Engineering at Columbia University, has been appointed to Altair’s Board of Directors. With the scientist, lecturer and manager, the Supervisory Board is growing for the first time since the IPO. Prior to Columbia University, she spent more than 25 years at the Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she headed the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2008 to 2013. She holds a B. Sc. degree in Engineering and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and an M. Sc. and Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Dean Boyce’s research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the fields of multi-scale and non-linear mechanics of polymers and soft components, and her work has been documented in over 170 archived journal articles on materials, mechanics and physics. She has mentored more than 40 Master’s students and over 25 Ph. D. students and is widely recognized for her scientific contributions, including her election as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Boyce leads the Columbia Engineering training and research mission with more than 200 teachers, 1500 students, 2500 graduates and 100 post-doctoral students.

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Mary C. Boyce

Big Rep and Etihad Airways Engineering

Alliance for Additive Manufacturing in Aviation

Big Rep and Etihad Airways Engineering have announced to jointly set out a roadmap for developing solutions for additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry. The aim of the partnership is to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing technologies in the aerospace industry, with a focus on cabin interiors, for new aircraft and for retrofitting. Etihad Airways Engineering intends to use its experience in the life cycle of aircraft cabins and the development of novel, additive cabin concepts. Big Rep, a company offering hardware, software, materials and services for large-format additive manufacturing, aims to become the world market leader in the digital manufacturing market through its partnership with Etihad Airways Engineering, among others. The partners agree that a broader range of polymer materials is needed for additive manufacturing that can pass the certification process for the aerospace industry. Today, one of the main reasons why additive manufacturing cannot make a breakthrough in aircraft cabin interiors is the lack of a wider variety of high performance certified materials. Both parties have agreed to jointly develop and test new material classes according to EASA and FAA criteria.


Handover of the Board’s Chairmanship

Markus Steilemann is the new CEO of Covestro. The Supervisory Board previously decided to terminate the term of the former Chairman of the Board of Management, Patrick Thomas, prematurely by mutual consent on May 31, 2018. The original term of Thomas’ contract as a member and Chairman of the Board of Management would have ended on September 30, 2018. He had already informed the Supervisory Board in May 2017 that he would not be available for another term after 2018. Thomas has been CEO of Covestro and its predecessor Bayer Material Science since 2007. Prior to that, he held various leading positions in the chemical industry. He also took on leading positions with numerous industry associations.

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Markus Steilemann (left) and Patrick Thomas (right)

TU Dresden and International Partners

Research Network for Carbon Fibers Founded

World-leading scientists in the field of carbon fibers have founded the international research network “Global Scientific Association of Advanced Carbon Fibres” in Dresden, Germany. The unique research network initiated as part of the 1st International Dresden Colloquium on Tailored Carbon Fibres includes researchers from Japan, South Korea, Australia, the USA, France, Greece, Belgium and Germany. Hubert Jäger from the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden took over the organizational management; members of the steering committee are Satish Kumar (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Costas Charitidis (NTU Athens, Greece), Willem van Vuure (KU Leuven, Belgium), Luke Henderson (Deakin University, Australia), Celia Mercader (CANOE Pessac, France), Bon-Cheol Ku (KIST Jeonbuk, Republic of Korea) and Kanji Kajiwara (Shinshu University, Japan).

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Bon-Cheol Ku, Kanji Kajiwara, Costas Charitidis, Luke Henderson, Hubert Jäger and Satish Kumar (from left to right)


Cooperations for Technical Materials

The manufacturer of equipment for additive manufacturing Ultimaker announced a number of collaborations with various global material producers. Ultimaker intends to work with DSM, BASF, Du Pont, Owens Corning, Mitsubishi, Henkel, Kuraray, Solvay and Clariant to use high quality engineering plastics and composites on Ultimaker printers. The initiative follows the increasing demand for materials that are compatible with Ultimaker printers for industrial additive manufacturing, according to the company. Ultimaker provides the cooperating companies with software containing knowledge from research and development and about the company’s printing materials. This allows partners to develop and maintain material profiles so that users can use these materials reliably and easily on Ultimaker printers. The material profiles are pre-configured and ready for use in the Cura software. This allows users to print automatically by accessing pre-configured settings in the software.

Plastics Europe

New Chairman

Michael Zobel is the new Chairman of the Association of Plastics Producers in Germany. The General Assembly of Plastics Europe Germany elected him to succeed Josef Ertl. Zobel was born in 1969 in Marl. He studied chemistry at the Universities of Munich and Münster. He began his career at Bayer. With the spin-off of Lanxess as an independent company, Zobel was appointed Global Product Manager and member of the Executive Management Team of the Rubber Chemicals business unit in 2004. In 2005, he took over global management of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess. Since October 2010, he has been Global Head of the High Performance Materials department and since 2014 a member of the Steering Board of the pan-European association Plastics Europe in Brussels.

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Michael Zobel (left) and Josef Ertl (right)

University of Leoben

Christian Doppler Laboratory Enters Third Phase

At the Christian Doppler Laboratory (CD laboratory) for highly efficient composite processing at the University of Leoben in Austria, research can be continued for another two years. The extension until 2020 was decided by the Christian Doppler Research Society. The decision was preceded by an evaluation with an international expert. In the CD laboratory, known process chains, which correspond to the current state of the art, are analyzed with regard to their cost and time efficiency as well as with regard to process-property interactions. As a result, these processes will be optimized on the one hand, and new developments are also planned on the other. The planning for the next two research years include extensive studies on special process technologies, such as highly efficient winding techniques, Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) processes, process control studies and flow simulations, as well as topics such as online recording and monitoring, and benchmarking.

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Specially developed laying system in the CD laboratory

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