Overview of the agenda for this year's online Recovered Carbon Black conference
Please note: All times are British Summer Time (BST). Start time in other regions: 2pm CEST and 8am EDT.
Tony Wibbeler, CEO, Bolder Industries
Robert 'Bob' Genovese, CEO Delta-Energy Group
Robert Harper, CEO, EuroEco Fuels
Silvio Ghyoot, CEO, Black Bear Carbon
Fredrik Olofsson, Sales Manager, Scandinavian Enviro Systems
Chaired by: Martin von Wolfersdorff, Principal Advisor, Wolfersdorff Consulting
Richard Chiari | Global Lead Buyer Carbon Black, Semperit Group
on behalf of: Barbara Harrer | Head of Raw Material Development, Semperit
Niels Raeder | Founder & Managing Director, RCB Nanotechnologies GmbH
Mr. Christian Kaiser | Department Inorganic Materials and Recycling, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
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.
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.
Bio to follow.
Timothy Hoover is a managing director at Piper Sandler and co-heads the firm’s project finance investment banking practice. Hoover joined Piper Sandler in 2016 following a 22-year investment banking career at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and UBS Investment Bank including its predecessor firms.
Hoover has specific industry experience with a wide range of energy and industrial related project developments in the power generation, co-generation, district heating and cooling, waste-to-energy, coal to liquid fuels, gasification and petrochemical sectors in addition to infrastructure and industrial manufacturing projects.
During his career he has concentrated on projects dedicated to sustainability, including recycling and sustainable manufacturing and packaging projects. He has also focused on the renewable and alternative energy sectors, including but not limited to solar, wind, wood pellets, ethanol, biodiesel, landfill gas, hydroelectric, thermal and biomass power generation.
Francois Masson is Head of Recycling Strategy and Business at Michelin
A senior consultant at Weibold, Mr. Kyriakos supports associations, investors and start-ups in tire recycling projects. With emphasis on pyrolysis projects in recent years, his work includes big data analysis, LCAs and circularity reports, as well as feasibility studies, technology evaluations and business modeling.
Mr. Kyriakos is impassioned by a belief that protection of our environment and our resources can only be achieved through bold international efforts - coupled with economically viable technical innovation on a local level. He is striving to apply his first hand experience to support innovative enterprises in striking a balance between technological, economic, market, and regulatory challenges, all the while helping governmental organizations identify bottle necks, impasses, and opportunities for win-win regulatory actions affecting the value chain.
Mr. Sheerin is responsible for environmental, regulatory and legislatives issues relating to end-of-life tires. He represents the tire industry before state legislatures, and state agencies in rulemakings. He represents the industry as their expert on end of life tire issues, and he authors the biennial USTMA U.S. Scrap Tire Markets report.
He participates in various state, trade association and standard making committees to encourage markets for End-of-life tires addressing both annual generation and abandoned piles, and organizes conferences to grown and support scrap tire recycling. Before joining the USTMA in 2014, Mr. Sheerin was the Retail Environmental Director for Bridgestone Retail Operations, responsible for all the environmental aspects of the retail company including compliance management, environmental education, property related environmental issues, waste recycling and disposal and emergency situations.
Prior to that, he worked as a Professional Environmental Engineer. Mr. Sheerin holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a JD graduate of the Chicago Kent School of Law.
As a lifelong entrepreneur, Scott has created, operated, managed, and adapted to many diverse businesses during the past 30 years, with emphasis in the tire recycling industry.
Since 1995 Scott has designed, constructed or operated 11 whole tire to crumb facilities. An estimated 200,000,000 scrap tires have been processed through these plants during the last 25 years.
Currently Scott is consulting for Kal Tire, a multinational company, to lead the design and build of mining tyre thermal conversion recycling facilities on 3 continents. The first of these plants operating is located in Chile. These facilities will be the first of their type in the world. He shares the vision of a bright future for value added recovered carbon black from end of life tyres.
Dr. Vitaly Khusidman is a Founder and CEO of G3C Technologies Corporation. He has 35 years of innovation in process control for chemical, nuclear power, pharma and material handling industries. Dr. Khusidman has tire conversion method patents awarded in USA and Canada; the European, Indian and Chinese patents are pending. Dr. Khusidman is experienced in starting and growing companies, as well as in business and financial management.
Pieter ter Haar is an expert in recovered carbon black (rCB), pyrolysis, and is a former rubber compounder. He has extensive expertise managing R&D and quality assurance for rCB companies in Europe and North America. After obtaining his Chemistry degree from the Hanze University (Groningen, the Netherlands) he worked as a Rubber Compounder for Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting in the Netherlands, where he was in charge of sustainability of rubber compounds. Pieter joined Pyrolyx/cct Stegelitz in 2015 to develop, build, and manage the first R&D competence center, fully dedicated to rCB research. He is one of the founding members of ASTM committee D36 on recovered carbon black, and in his role as Vice Chair, he leads various task groups within the committee. Pieter currently holds the position of "Director rCB" for the EuroEco Fuels group, and is president of Terhaar Consulting Inc. Lastly Pieter is part of this years advisory committee for “Recovered Carbon Black World.
Biography to follow.
Rajesh has entrepreneurial experience in oil & gas, GreenTech, mobile telecommunications and Circular Economy business models for complex industrial plant process and operations within industrial verticals focusing on Industry 4.0 readiness and transformation. He has extensive experience in emerging tech industries -WasteTech, FinTech, MedTech, AgriTech, IIOT, content, social and media platforms, products and services. Whilst managing complex , diverse projects and industry transformation across multinational organisations, Rajesh has lobbied for sustainable energy technologies within and for NGO’s, government institutions and SOE’s.
Nate Murphy is the CTO of Bolder Industries, focusing on the production of sustainable carbon black for use in eco-friendly plastics and rubber products. When he joined Bolder Industries, he committed to using his engineering skills and technology-mindset to bringing the theory of a sustainable carbon black to a consistent manufacturing state, which included rehabilitating an industrial plant in Maryville, MO, to produce Bolder Black, rCB. Now, he’s turned his focus to improving performance, cost, and sustainability of rubber and plastic compounds alongside customer’s technical teams.
In 2019, he expanded his role with ASTM, the American Standards Testing Institute, bringing his real-world masterbatch, pyrolysis, and recovered carbon black experience to the leadership of this global manufacturing standards group.
Mr. Murphy has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Outside of work, he spends time in the mountains on his snowboard, hiking trails, or training alongside his wife at CrossFit.
Christian Höfels studied process engineering to a bachelor degree in Hamburg and finished his academic education with a master degree in process engineering at the university of Braunschweig. He joined NETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH, a company specialized in fine grinding and classifying, six years ago. As a specialist for “Process Technology Development” he is in charge for new trends and optimization in all kinds of processes. The activities start with trials in the test lab, go on to the construction and up to commissioning and optimization of the plants in industrial operation.
After the studies of mechanical engineering with main course in energy and process technology at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Alexander Krauser worked for different companies in the field of tank construction and plant engineering.
In 2002 he joined HOSOKAWA Alpine AG, a global leader in the field of mechanical process technology, especially for comminution and classifying of a wide range of materials. As a project leader he was responsible for planning and commissioning of plants in the pharmaceutical and food industry. With this experience he changed 2006 to the Chemical Division and worked as a sales engineer. After few years he was responsible for a regional sales and engineering team. In 2015 he was appointed to Head of Sales in the Chemical Division.
Born in 1970, he studied Process Technology at the university Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld.
He wrote his diploma thesis about the Cyclone Classifier CSF at NEUMAN & ESSER in 1995 and has worked there continuously since then.
Marc Giersemehl broadened his international experience during his three years in Brazil as Managing Director, being in charge of the Latin American market.
Today, as the Technical Managing Director at the headquarters in Germany, he is responsible for the technical area including research & development.
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