Breakout Session

>> 24 February 08:00 - 09:00 UTC (09:00 - 10:00 CET)

How to innovate like a startup?

Format: Workshop
Time: 1 hour
Target audience: Companies & Industry

Boost your innovation!
Innovation is the most relevant success factor for companies. Established company often have problems to display the same level of disruption and agility like startups concerning generation innovation. The key is a team of highly motivated people. They need to think out of the box and engineer business models meeting new market demands. This is important whether the idea is generated internally or externally.

This shows: Established companies have to adapt the way of thinking like startups to be capable of competing in new complexities of current and future markets.

PANDA represents an innovation strategy which brings companies and their ideas and a team of high-performance student innovators together. This enables established companies to innovate like a startup. Come to the workshop, learn about PANDA and let your idea be developed to a successful innovation!


Stephan Haubold

Prof. Dr. Stephan Haubold is dean of studies for business chemistry and MINTrepreneurship® at the Hochschule Fresenius in Idstein. He is the scientific director of the competence center for entrepreneur (CCE) and chairman of the “AK Gründung” of the GDCh.
He studied chemistry at the Universities of Karlsruhe und Hamburg and started his own first chemistry business, Nanosolutions, in 2000. He has gained over 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur and was involved in several startups. In addition to his activities as a dean, Prof. Dr. Stephan Haubold is a startup coach and managing partner at consultant agency SDH - Consult for organizational development.


Victoria Wolf

Victoria Wolf has studied Business Chemistry at Hochschule Fresenius and has finished her study with a master’s degree. Additionally, Victoria Wolf has a Master of Engineering. Beside her study activities she has worked for companies like Dow and Brita GmbH in Germany. Currently she is a project manager for coaching and education at Hochschule Fresenius and at the same time she is a Ph.D. student at the Poznań University of Economics and Business. Her research activities are about innovation strategies for SMEs in the STEM industries.


>> 24 February 09:30 - 10:30 UTC (10:30 - 11:30 CET)

The future of plastic recycling - Breakout Session

Plastic materials make our life longer and more comfortable. Thus the big challenge with plastics is not (only) how they are used, but how they are recycled once they have become waste. The largest area of application for plastics in Europe is still the packaging segment. However, we are still a long way from closed cycles here. Yet there are some promising technical solutions. However, due to high price of recycling materials and low price for crude oil and thus virgin polymer materials many companies shy away from using recycled plastics. A classic vicious circle: if recycled plastics are not competitive, they will not be used - if they are not used, they cannot become competitive.
We will discuss different aspects of recycling as technical and political requirements and regulation, the role of the end-user, standardization, technical solutions and product design.


Andreas Jenne

Andreas Jenne studied Civil Engineering at the Universities of Coburg and Hertfordshire. His career at REHAU included various positions in Innovation, Key Account and Business Development Management. At present Andreas is Head of Sustainability at the REHAU Group. In addition he is lecturer and auditor of the IHK Mittelfranken for CSR Manager and Lecturer at the TH Nuremberg for Sustainability Management (MBA).


Christian Schiller

Christian Schiller is co-founder & CEO of cirplus - the global marketplace for circular plastics. The procurement software facilitates buying and selling of plastic waste feedstock & recyclates, with more than 1.000.000 tons of material listed and companies from 50+ countries active on the platform. The Hamburg-based company has joined the Circular Plastics Alliance and the Prevent Waste Alliance as technology partner, helping companies along the entire value chain to make plastics 100% circular.
Before founding cirplus together with Volkan Bilci in December 2018, Christian has built and scaled BlaBlaCar Germany as its first employee from 2013 until 2017 - today’s largest ride-sharing platform in the world with more than 80 million users. He then traveled the world for one year and witnessed the plastic crisis with his own eyes while sailing and surfing the oceans.


Helmut Schmitz

Helmut Schmitz works since 2015 as Director Communication & Public Affairs for “Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Holding“ in Berlin, Brussels and Cologne. From 2005 – 2015 he served as Head Public Affairs. In 2000 – 2005 he was responsible for International Communication working in projects with different international stakeholder groups, especially in Europe and Asia. After finishing Albertus-Magnus-University in Cologne with a Master Degree in Biology he worked seven years as Secretary General of the Young Federal Civil Servants Association in Germany, the umbrella organisation with 45 independent associations in the German public service.


Martin Doedt

Martin Doedt is Head of the Laboratory at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid. He has worked for the Kunststoff-Institut in the department for material and failure analysis since 2011. From 2016 to 2018 he was head of the department for material and failure analytics. Since 2018, he has been leading all laboratory departments as head of laboratory (material and failure analyses, automotive testing, material testing). He is also member of the DIN committee for recycling of plastics in the circular economy and member of the project group “microplastics” of the VUP.
Martin Doedt has 10 years’ experience of material and failure analysis of plastics, microplastics and recycling materials.


Annika Reitz

The moderation will be done by Dr. Annika Reitz from Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (Silver Sponsor to ECP). The Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid concentrates on improving the quality and cost-efficiency of injection-molded parts made of thermoplastic and thermoset materials. The range of service includes education, process engineering, materials engineering, mold technology, surface technology, testing, networking as well as research and development. Recycling is viewed from different angles embracing standardization, quality assurance and testing, material development as well as social aspects.

Mrs. Reitz received her PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Paderborn. At the Kunststoff-Institut Mrs. Reitz is responsible for surface testing, a ZIM-cooperation network on InMoldCoating and different projects.


>> 24 Feb 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 UTC (12:00 – 13:00 CET)

Breakout Session: Meet the Coatings-Experts - international

An introduction of the coatings experts taking part in the 5th ECP, e.g. ORONTEC GmbH & Co. KG, Mankiewicz, Circouleur or The Paint Foundation, to name a few. Short introduction of the company, the main field of expertise of the participant, the company’s activities and the specifics/peculiarities for their country with respect to coatings.

These experts will give a 3-minutes presentation on their view of the Coatings Industry in their country:

  • Marina Gläser, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), Germany
  • Huzaifa Matawala, The Paint Foundation, USA
  • Dr Maïlys Grau, CIRCOULEUR, France
  • Bojan Buinac, BENS Consulting d.o.o., Slovenia
  • Silke Krook-Suhr, PLASMAN EU, Sweden
  • Andre Vieira de Castro, Argacol - Tintas e Vernizes SA, Portugal
  • Jurjen van Rees, Electric Ant Lab, The Netherlands¬
  • Sebastian Schäfer, Jotun A/S, Norway

Moderated by
Dr Ulf Stalmach & Ralph Jan Wörheide, ORONTEC GmbH & Co. KG, Germany


Dr. Ulf Stalmach studied chemistry in Mainz, DE, earning his Ph.D. in 1997. After a postdoctoral period in Groningen, NL, he started his coatings career in 2000, first in R&D, later setting up and implementing a controlling system for coating raw materials with an international Swiss holding.
He joined ORONTEC GmbH & Co. KG in 2019, taking care of digitalization projects for process optimization and –automation in the Coatings Industry. Besides hosting the XING group “Smart Paint Factory”, Dr. Stalmach is also moderator for two round tables of the VCW (Association of Chemistry and Economics), a subgroup of the German Chemical Society GDCh, and recently initiated the first virtual round table focusing on coatings topics with the subgroup Lackchemie (Coatings Chemistry) of the GDCh.


Ralph Jan Wörheide
studied industrial engineering with the focus on production management and technical chemistry at the University of Technology of Berlin. After international projects of environmental technology he started in 1999 with the development of test technology and measuring technology. Among other projects, he built up a global service system for an international chemical group.
At ORONTEC, he is responsible for sales and service as well as general management.


Diamond Sponsor

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Bilateral Talks

  • Participants342
  • Meetings Requested2449
  • Meetings Accepted1242


  • Austria.pngAustria 5
  • Belgium.pngBelgium 15
  • Brazil.pngBrazil 1
  • Chile.pngChile 1
  • China.pngChina 5
  • Denmark.pngDenmark 3
  • England.pngEngland 1
  • Finland.pngFinland 3
  • France.pngFrance 11
  • Germany.pngGermany 252
  • India.pngIndia 1
  • Israel.pngIsrael 2
  • Italy.pngItaly 3
  • Kenya.pngKenya 1
  • Latvia.pngLatvia 3
  • Luxembourg.pngLuxembourg 1
  • Netherlands.pngNetherlands 29
  • Norway.pngNorway 2
  • Oman.pngOman 2
  • Poland.pngPoland 2
  • Portugal.pngPortugal 4
  • Singapore.pngSingapore 4
  • Slovenia.pngSlovenia 1
  • South_Korea.pngSouth Korea 2
  • Spain.pngSpain 5
  • Sweden.pngSweden 2
  • Switzerland.pngSwitzerland 7
  • United_Kingdom_Great_Britain.pngUnited Kingdom 5
  • United_States_of_America_USA.pngUSA 7
  • Venezuela.pngVenezuela 1
  • Total of Participants381