2020 Advisory Board

Experts from across the supply chain join the Recovered Carbon Black Advisory Board for 2020. Bringing together years of experience and knowledge, the members will work with Smithers to put together a truly valuable and informative programme for all attendees.

  • Doreen Becker

    Sustainability Director Ampacet

    Doreen Becker, Sustainability Director at Ampacet, has over 20 years of experience in the coloration of plastics and color insight trending.  As Sustainability Director, Becker represents Ampacet’s global initiatives, driving the development and execution of sustainability strategy and product innovation for the company.  She works closely with the plastics industry and major organizations involved in the circular economy, recycling and sustainability.

    Becker holds a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from King’s College and an M.F.A. from New School University- Parsons in New York.  She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers globally.  She has written her first book entitled, “Color Trends & Selection for Product Design” published by Elsevier in June 2016.

  • Dale Clark

    Chief Technology Officer Birla Carbon

    Dale Clark is Chief Technology Officer at Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company’s head office in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In this role, Mr. Clark leads the Technology Function globally.

    Mr. Clark joined the Carbon Black business in 2005 as the Unit Head of the Marshall Facility in West Virginia. In 2009, he assumed responsibility as the Director of Manufacturing for the Specialty Blacks Business.

    Mr. Clark subsequently assumed a senior leadership position in the Process Technology Group, which includes Development, Manufacturing, Technical Services and Engineering. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer.

    Mr. Clark has over 30 years of experience in the Carbon Black Manufacturing and Technology Industry. Prior to joining Birla Carbon, he held a variety of senior management positions at Cabot Corporation.

    Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Jurgen Heers

    Head of Group Procurement Compounding Materials Semperit AG-Holding

    Jurgen Heers has 24 years experience in global procurement of raw materials (synthetic and natural rubber, chemicals, steelcables and wires, technical fabrics) and is currently  Head of Group Procurement Compounding Materials at Semperit

  • Francois Masson

    Head of Recycling Strategy and Business Michelin

    Francois Masson is Head of Recycling Strategy and Business at Michelin 

  • Thomas Redd

    CEO Pyrolyx USA

    Thomas Redd has been Chief Executive Officer of Pyrolyx USA, Inc. since December 2016, having previously been president and Chief Executive Officer of Reklaim, Inc. prior to its joint venture with Pyrolyx AG to form Pyrolyx USA, Inc.

    Mr. Redd is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

  • Pieter ter Haar

    Head of R&D and QA ASTM. USA

    Pieter ter Haar is an expert in recovered carbon black (rCB), pyrolysis, and sustainability. He has extensive expertise managing R&D 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 development 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 the new ASTM D36 rCB committee, and in his current role as Vice Chair, he leads various task groups within the committee. Pieter is currently president of Terhaar Consulting Inc. in  Ontario Canada and consults internationally on various topics related to sustainability, pyrolysis and recovered Carbon Black.

  • 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-N├╝rnberg in Germany.

  • Tony Wibbeler

    CEO Bolder Industries

    Tony Wibbeler leads Bolder Industries with a great passion for protecting our environment, creating innovative products, and cultivating a company-culture that enhances the lives of all Bolder Industries employees.  He founded Bolder Industries in 2011 to solve inefficiencies he observed in the recycling industry while operating a vertically-integrated waste company that included landfills, recycling, and hauling in Central Florida.  Leveraging his past experiences in the field of medical devices, Mr. Wibbeler focuses on product development to create innovative, closed-loop solutions to reduce, reuse and upcycle various waste streams starting with waste tires.  He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business and innovation awards including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year” for Bolder Black, “Breakout Company of the Year” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and “Energy Manufacturer of the Year” from the Colorado Manufacturing Awards. 


    Mr. Wibbeler graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. He serves on the boards of both the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and Summit Middle School in the Boulder Valley School District. Outside the office, Tony loves to ski in the beautiful Colorado mountains, mountain bike, and cheer for Broncos football with his wife and two sons

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  • Andy Yuan

    Senior Project Manager Enrestec, Taiwan