2018 Speakers

The Smithers Rapra Carbon Black World conference attracted the highest calibre of business-oriented speakers from the carbon black industry for another year. Thank you to all the 2018 speakers for their support!

  • Michael Amman

    Marketing & e-Commerce Manager GD Handelssysteme GmbH

    Michael is our Marketing & e-Commerce Manager for Goodyear Dunlop Handelssysteme







  • Giacomo Cavuoti

    Simulation and Modelling Dept Manager Eurotecnica Contractors and Engineers S.p.A, Italy

    Mr Giacomo Cavuoti is currently the Modeling and Simulation Group Leader of the Research & Technology Development Department of Eurotecnica Contractors and Engineers and responsible for the implementation and optimization of in-house technologies simulation models. Eurotecnica is part of Proman Group, a multinational conglomerate of Companies engaged in the production of methanol, nitrogen based fertilizers and melamine. Prior to joining Eurotecnica in 2015, Mr. Cavuoti was Modeling Group Leader in highly reputed Technologies and Contractor Companies, actively involved in implementation of complex simulation modeling projects based on Urea, Ammonia, Urea Granulation, Polypropylene processes and he has been involved also in the optimization of reactors for solid waste treatment. He holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering University of Bologna (Italy).

  • Tomasz Celka

    Managing Director Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH, Russia

    Tomasz Celka is currently Managing Director at Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH. Tomasz has 18 years of experience in trading of carbon black, rubber and rubber chemicals at the global markets. His role is strategic product implementation and market development. 

  • Dr. Soumen Chakraborty

    Carbon Black Division Himadri Speciality Chemical Limited, India

    Dr. Soumen Chakraborty has a Bachelor and Master from IIT Kharagpur(Prestigious & Premier Institute in India) and PhD from Calcutta University on Polymer Science & Technology. His career spans 40 years of experience in tyres, rubber and chemicals, the last 20 years in Carbon Black . He has had more than 150 publications in all the leading national and international journals and has spoken at many Carbon Black conference i.e Asia -Pacific, Global, and Chinese carbon Black conference. He is a Fellow member of Indian Rubber Institute. 

  • Saeid Eshaghi

    Technical Manager Carbon Simorgh Co., Iran

    Saeid Eshaghi is the technical Manager at CARBON SIMORGH (Manufacturer of carbon black in Iran). He has more than 15 years of experience in Maintenance Management; Project Management; Design and Manufacturing of fixed and rotary equipment; Condition Based Monitoring Systems and Vibration Analysis. He has spent more than 7 years of his career in Carbon Black Industry.

    Eshaghi received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University and completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from KNT University of Technology. His M.S. Thesis was on modeling of combustion in a carbon black reactor.

    To enhance his management knowledge and skills, he continued his studies in the field of Management and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Management at the AZAD University.

  • Vijay Garikipati

    Applications Engineering WL Gore, USA

    Vijay Garikipati joined WL Gore and Associates in 2008 as a NPD associate developing ePTFE gaskets. After joining the Gore industrial filtration in 2011 he has been active in the chemicals industry helping customers optimize their filtration systems for increased through put and capacity, fewer shut downs and lower energy costs. Vijay has been serving the filtration industry for over 15 years. Mr Garikipati received his graduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in finance.

  • Vince Guercio

    President CTC International, USA

    Vince Guercio has a chemical engineering degree and over 50 years experience in the international petrochemical, petroleum and natural gas businesses.  For the past 40 years, he has been an independent consultant providing commercial and technical advice about the interactions that occur at the refinery/LPG/petrochemical interfaces.  He specializes in the utilization of steam cracker byproducts such as butadiene, C5s and carbon black oil (CBO).  Due to his ethylene byproduct experience, in 1982 Vince became heavily involved in carbon black feedstock from naphtha crackers, FCCs and coal tar.  Since then, he has offered consulting services in the pricing, marketing, evaluation and acquisition of CBO.  Since 1988, he has published the CBO MONITOR which provides reliable market intelligence about worldwide CBO and carbon black.  Vince was educated by Catholic University of America, Princeton University and the U.S. Army.  His corporate experience includes Mobil Oil, Lummus and Foster Wheeler.     

  • Robert Hallam

    Technical Superintendent Tokai Carbon CB

    Robert Hallam is currently the Technical Superintendent at Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy in Addis, Louisiana. He joined SRCE in 2014 at the company’s pilot plant located in Big Spring, Texas. Robert is an honors graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 2008. He began his career as a process engineer in the EPC industry specializing in the design of wastewater treatment facilities. In additional to his engineering experience, Robert is also an accomplished saxophonist, having earned a master’s degree in music performance from his alma mater in 2013.

  • Chung-Lin Ho

    Technical Consultant Jiangxi Black Cat Carbon Black, China

    Mr Ho has 20 years process design and product project experience in the carbon black industry. He has a masters degree in chemical engineering and an MBA.

  • Kevin Hocevar

    Director Northcoast Research, USA

    Kevin joined Northcoast Research in May 2011 as a member of the Industrial & Basic Material team covering the Specialty Chemicals sector. Since that time, Kevin has leveraged his experience and knowledge to expand coverage into the broader Specialty Chemical and Building Products sectors. Prior to joining Northcoast Research, Kevin was a Risk Analyst at KeyBank Capital Markets from 2009-2011, American International Group (AIG) from 2008-2009 and Smith Barney from 2007-2008. Kevin and his team have developed an extensive array of industry contacts to draw from, including thousands of manufacturing, distribution and contractor professionals in the coatings, roofing, insulation, wallboard, carbon black, flooring, door, and plastic compounding industries.  Additionally, he has developed proprietary indexes that analyze monthly building products pricing in the home center channel, import data across multiple industries, a Carbon Black Shipment Index, and many more.  In addition to providing proprietary equity research and custom research data to institutional investors, Kevin has also been quoted in industry publications such as Plastics News and Bloomberg, and his proprietary U.S. Architectural Coatings Reports can be found in Coatings World Magazine, where it is published on a quarterly basis. Kevin holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Kevin has been recognized by StarMine in 2017 as a number two earnings estimator nationally for the Chemicals Industry.

  • Paul Ita

    Principal Notch Consulting, Inc., USA

    Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.

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  • Jin Yanchao

    Vice Manager R&D Department Doright Co Ltd, China

    Mr Jin, Vice Manager of the R&D Department, has served with DORIGHT since 2009. He is in charge of R&D projects, customer solutions, EPC projects and ASME design review and uses his knowledge and view of carbon black line to provide appropriate solutions and equipment for carbon black producers. Mr Jin has a Master’s degree in Thermal Power Engineering. 

  • Julia Möller

    Head of After Market ARVOS GmbH | SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK

    With a Background in Petroleum Engineering Julia started her career in the upstream sector of oil and gas, gained drilling experience in the U.S., Argentina and Norway. 
    Coming from the service side she now applies her service knowledge in the positition as Head of After Market in downstream caring for customers by organizing maintenance visits and supporting digitalization by providing IIOT Solutions for customers all over the world.

  • Yuki Kubota

    Senior Researcher, Chita Laboratory Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd , Japan

    Yuki Kubota is a Senior Researcher for carbon black at Tokai’s Chita Laboratory in Japan. Prior to this role he was a member of the electrode manufacturing staff at the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. Mr Kubota has an M.S. in Materials Science and Chemistry from the University of Hyogo, Japan.

  • Monique Lempereur

    Managing Director Continental Carbon Company Europe, Belgium

    Monique Lempereur holds a master in chemistry from the Free University of Brussels. Ms Lempereur has spent most of her career with US multinationals having their headquarter for Europe, Middle East and Africa located in Belgium. She has worked, within others, for Phillips Petroleum, Albemarle and Cytec, moving progressively from technical positions towards commercial roles. In 2008 she has started her own consulting firm and acted as commercial executive director of Nanocyl, a world leader in nanotechnology. In 2014, she co-founded Continental Carbon Europe, a subsidiary of Continental Carbon Company. . As Managing Director of Continental Carbon Europe the primarily role of Ms Lempereur was to successfully commercialize the production of the new Kemya carbon black plant located in Saudi Arabia.

    Ms Lempereur received in 1997 the second prize as “Women in Business in Belgium”. She is a certified director and serves as well as Chair of European Women on Boards, the premier-tier association to promote gender diversity at board levels.  

  • Igor Leverberg

    CEO MAKROchem SA, Poland

    Mr Igor Levenberg has been active in the Carbon Black business for the last 30 years. Since 1995, he owns and manages MAKROchem Group, a business cluster operating in distribution and logistics of rubber raw materials. With several warehouses and transloading stations located in Europe, North America and scheduled openings in Asia accompanied by own bulk transport infrastructure, MAKROchem is a major player in CB logistics for both producers and consumers of CB globally.

    Mr Levenberg was born in 1969, holds Master degree in Economics followed by PhD in Chemistry. He is the author of a wide range of scientific publications dedicated to carbon black, with the most recent monography issued in 2017.

  • Binghong Li

    Professor PhD China Carbon Black Institute, China

    Binghong Li, Professor, Ph.D., Graduated from Sichuan University, major in nanotechnology and nanomaterials, is mainly engaged in development of carbon nano-materials, including specialty carbon black, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, carbon byproduct materials, carbon composites development and application. He has published more than 30 articles in academic journals at home and abroad, containing more than 12 SCI/EI papers, and applied 15 national invention patents, authorized 10.

  • John Loudermilk

    Chief Operating Officer Birla Carbon, USA

    John Loudermilk is Chief Operating Officer, Birla Carbon, based at the company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In this role, Mr. Loudermilk is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business globally.

    Mr. Loudermilk joined the carbon black business in 2005 as Director of Global Operations. In 2008 he was appointed Vice President of Global Operations with responsibility for global manufacturing facilities along with corporate engineering, quality, and six-sigma. He subsequently took responsibility for the North America business and has led the technology and strategy efforts for the company during his tenure. In January, 2016, he assumed additional responsibility for the Europe and Africa region of Birla Carbon until his appointment as COO in September, 2017.

    Over his 25 years of experience in the chemical industry, he has also held a variety of leadership positions within Monsanto and Solutia Inc. with responsibilities across Business Management, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Supply Chain.

    Mr. Loudermilk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

  • Dr. Valeriy Martynenko

    Director of Ukrainian Research Institute Refractories, Ukraine

    Dr. Valeriy Martynenko is a director of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Refractories named after A.S. Berezhnoy, worked in the institute more than 40 years, carrying out researches in the field of alumina, zirconia and chromium oxide refractories and their industrial applications. He has published over 320 scientific works and 50 patents. He is a member of the American Ceramic Society, and Committee Member of the journals “Refractories worldforum” (Germany), “China’s Refractories” etc. 

  • Cuddalore Natarajan

    Consultant Ganpads Consulting, USA

    C.P. Natarajan graduated with M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras, India & University of Pittsburgh, USA. He joined American Schack Company (ALSTOM Power Energy Recovery) and developed High Temperature Air Preheaters & Energy Recovery Systems. He organized Schack Carbon Black Conferences in USA (1996, 1998, and 2000).

    After 28 years of service, he retired as President of ALSTOM Power Energy Recovery, USA in 2001 and started GANPADS, providing consulting services on Industrial Energy Recovery & Emissions Abatement (Carbon Black production & Petroleum Coke Calcination)

    From the first Carbon Black world conference in 1993 till the recent 2018 Carbon Black China conference in Chengdu, China, Natarajan has made presentations at Carbon Black World, Carbon Black Asia Pacific and Carbon Black China conferences.

    Carbon Black Asia Pacific presented him in 2003 with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and in 2017, Star of Carbon Black Energy Recovery Research


  • Dr. Yufanyi Ngiewih

    Toxicologist Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH, Germany

    Dr. Yufanyi Ngiewih is an expert in chemicals regulation, working for Orion Engineered Carbons since September 2011. He has had over 10 years of working experience in the field of toxicology and chemicals regulations, the last 8 of which has seen Dr. Ngiewih specializing in the areas of REACH, CLP,  nanomaterials and the toxicology of particulate substances like Carbon Black. Dr. Ngiewih is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) that provides guidance to the International Carbon Black Association (ICBA) on scientific matters related to Carbon Black. He also sits on the European Product Safety and Regulatory Committee of the ICBA. Dr. Ngiewih holds a diploma degree in Food Chemistry and has received his Ph.D. in the field of biosciences at the department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology of the University of Kaiserslautern. 

  • Shane Perl

    Principal The Alpen Group, USA

    Shane Perl is the founder and principal at the Alpen Group. Before forming the consulting group, he worked at Cabot as the director of strategic sourcing. Previous to that he focused on chemicals with Management Engineers and BASF.

  • Karsten Poulsen

    Global Technical Adviser FLSmidth A/S, Airtech, Germany

    Karsten Poulsen is a chemical engineer and holds a CEL certificate (Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership, DTU Business, Denmark). He has worked more than 25 years with air pollution control equipment including electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters, catalytic filtration and acid gas removal. Today he is a Global Technical Adviser with FLSmidth A/S, Airtech – air pollution control.

  • John Reese

    Chief Commercial Officer Monolith Materials, USA

    John Reese is the Chief Commercial Officer for Monolith where he is responsible for customer and market related activities as well as project management for Monolith’s Olive Creek, NE facility.   This will include market segmentation, customer identification and acquisition and pricing strategies.  Prior to joining Monolith, Mr. Reese was the vice president of global strategic accounts and vice president of marketing for Cabot Corporation.  John brings over 20 years of experience in the rubber industry having spent time with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., 3M Dyneon and Cabot Corporation.

    Mr. Reese brings a broad knowledge of the global carbon black and polymer industries to Monolith.    During his career, he has been involved in bringing new products to market, opening new markets for existing materials and has extensive global negotiation experience.  He has a M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Roger Rothon

    Founder Rothon Consultants, UK

    ROGER ROTHON is an independent Consultant, founder and director of Rothon research Limited and a visiting professor at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    He has spent over 40 years working in the fields of inorganic filler production, surface modification and filled polymer composites. His particular interests are in flame retardant fillers, surface modifiers and in silica and calcium carbonate fillers for rubber applications.

    He has a number of patent applications and many scientific publications.

    His current interests include techno-commercial studies for companies such as Smithers RAPRA and active research on the recovery and utilisation of nano-sized silica from geothermal power generation. 

  • Pieter ter Haar

    Head of R&D and QA Pyrolyx AG, Germany

    Pieter ter Haar is currently Head of R&D and QA for Pyrolyx AG, leading Recovered Carbon Black producer located in Germany.  He studied Organic, Analytical, and Polymer Chemistry at the Hanze Hogeschool in Groningen, the Netherlands. Previously he worked as a Rubber Compounder for Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting in Drachten, the Netherlands and was in charge of sustainability development of rubber compounds. Pieter joined Pyrolyx AG and in 2015 to develop, build, and manage the first R&D competence center fully dedicated to recovered carbon black close to it’s German factory cct Stegelitz GmbH near Magdeburg. He is one of the founding members of the new ASTM D36 Recovered carbon black (rCB) committee, and currently holds the position of vice chair. In addition to further expanding the knowledge and applicability of rCB, Pieter is committed to help the industry to develop and set up better and more relevant standards and test methods.

  • François Terrade

    Founder PRO2ACT MANAGEMENT, France

    A Chemical Engineer from Bordeaux France (ENSCPB), Francois Terrade has acquired nearly 37 years a huge knowledge of the Carbon Black Manufacturing.

    Working for Phillips Petroleum, Continental Carbon, Deutsch Degussa, Columbian Chemicals and Cabot Corporation, he met most of the existing technologies.

    From 1995-96 he had his own Consultancy business, with core business in the Total Quality Management Field in Germany, PQM™ support non licensed Carbon Black manufacturer as well as the Tire Recycling Business.

    In 1997 he returned to the Carbon Black manufacturing until 2011.

    In 2011 he founded PRO2ACT MANAGEMENT™ near Paris (France).

    Mssr. Terrade has been coaching more than 150 Carbon Black engineers & operators worldwide in 2012-2013 for several Key players in the Industry and their Raw Material suppliers (coal tar).

    In the Tire Pyrolysis Industry he has engaged himself in helping key players in finishing their product on a similar way to the regular historical Carbon Black Industry. 

  • Johan van Hamme

    Procurement Director EMEA A. Schulman International Services BVBA, Belgium

    Johan van Hamma is currently Procurement Director EMEA at A. Schulman International Services BVBA. 

  • Victor M Scalco III

    Global Commercial Strategic Business Development Manager-Gulftronic Electrostatic Separators General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS), USA

    Since 1997 Victor has been an integral part process design and developmental downstream solutions for hydrocarbon recovery.  Working in support of key players in the industry his current position allows for new development of filtration and separation systems.  He is principally involved in the technical development and training with EPC and FCC/RFCC Licensors worldwide.  Experience includes program development for commercial applications, scoping studies and commissioning.  He holds a MA Degree from the University of San Diego and has worked for more than 20 years in the design and implementation of hydrocarbon filtration systems

  • Martin von Wolfersdorff

    Principal Advisor Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany

    Martin von Wolfersdorff is a consultant specialising in alternative rubber fillers and tire pyrolysis. He is in contact with over 320 tire pyrolysis companies globally and advises tyre manufacturing associations, tire manufacturers, tire collectors, refineries, pyrolysis technology providers & operators on the global tire pyrolysis industry and the marketing of recovered carbon black. Previously, Martin worked in the carbon black industry with Cabot, in the custom colour masterbatch industry with Americhem and in the white pigment industry with Huntsman Pigments. Martin holds a Dipl. Ing. (Univ.) degree in chemical engineering from the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

  • Brett Wehmann

    Director, Global Feedstock Supply Cabot Corporation, USA

    Brett Wehmann is currently Director, Global Feedstock Supply at Cabot Corporation.