Industry 4.0 Conference

The anticipating Industry 4.0 Conference, organized by Adsale and VDMA, will be held on 26-27 April 2016 at the venue of CHINAPLAS, the 30th International Exhibition of Plastics and Rubber Industries. The conference will spotlight industry automation layout from strategic concept to practical level, introduce the latest optimization and solutions of molding system, grounded solutions for smart manufacturing to aid manufacturers to upgrade and create opportunities for a smart future.

Date: April 26, 2016 9:30-12:30 (First Session)
April 27, 2016 9:30-12:30 (Second Session)
April 27, 2016 13:45 - 16:10 (Third Session)
Venue: Hall E1, Meeting Room M16,
Shanghai New International Expo Centre (Pudong), PR China
Language: English / Putonghua (simultaneous translation)
No. of audience: 200 (per session)
Admission: One-session Ticket  RMB 100
All-in-one Ticket   RMB 200
(Admission fee includes CHINAPLAS 2016 show ticket fee RMB 50 and full set of presentation papers)
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Conference Program

26 April 2016, 9:30-12:30, First Session
Speaker Topic
Mr. Stanley Chu
Chairman, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd
Welcome Remarks
Mr. Thorsten Kuehmann
Managing Director, VDMA Plastics & Rubber Machinery
Industry 4.0 for Plastics and Rubber Machinery - An Overview
Mr. Borch Zhu
Chairman, China Plastics Machinery Industry Association
Smart Manufacturing Overview of China's Plastics Machinery Industry
Dr. Fabian Fischer
Volkswagen AG
The Challenges of Global Automotive Production and the Potential of Industry 4.0
Mr. Chen Lucheng
Vice President, Haier Group
Smart Factory - Strategic Transformation
Dr.Ing. Reinhard Schiffers
KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH 
Plastics 4.0 – with Intelligent Machines to an Integrated Production
Mr. Carl Litherland
motan holding gmbh
Raw materials management and handling in the smart factory
End of 1st Session

27 April 2016, 9:30-12:30, Second Session
Speaker Topic
Dr. Harald Weber / Wen Bin
VDMA Plastics & Rubber Machinery / VDMA China Office
Welcome remarks
Mr. Manfred Hackl
EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.
Sustainability meets Industry 4.0
Mr. Gerhard Böhm
Arburg GmbH + Co KG
Individualized plastic parts in large series production - Combining IM and AM in a fully digitized process chain
Mr. Ralf Pampus
Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
Reifenhäuser Digital Business Platform: With Industrie 4.0 towards intelligent production
Dr. Gerhard Dimmler
inject 4.0 – solutions for a smart factory
Mr. Florian Maier
Christian Maier GmbH & Co. KG
Intelligent rotary unions
Ways of predictable maintenance
End of 2nd Session 

27 April 2016, 13:45-16:10, Third Session
Speaker Topic
Dr. Harald Weber / Mr. Wen Bin
VDMA Plastics & Rubber Machinery / VDMA China Office
Welcome Remarks
Mr. Jürgen Weiner
An Overview on SAP Connected
Manufacturing supporting Industries 4.0
Mr. Thomas Kosthorst
Beckhoff Automation GmbH&Co. KG
Industry 4.0: Basics, controller implementation for plastic machinery and examples of smart factory
Mr. Siegfried Köhler
WITTMANN 4.0 – The injection molding machine as a control center for integrated automation and peripheral equipment
Mr. Sven Wolf
LEISTRITZ Extrusionstechnik GmbH
Selfoptimizing Extrusion-line – semi-autonomous optimization for PP large Scale Compounding (Industry 4.0)
End of Conference 
Information as of March 8, 2016

Speakers' Profile:
Mr. Thorsten Kuehmann
VDMA Plastics & Rubber Machinery
Managing Director

Thorsten Kuehmann is Managing Director of VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery. He has been in the machinery business for 16 years. As Secretary General of EUROMAP he manages the operations of the European association for plastics and rubber machines.
Dr. Fabian Fischer
Volkswagen AG
Head of Processing – New Technologies for Modern Manufacturing

Dr. rer. nat. Fabian Fischer is the head of the Department “Processing – new technologies for modern manufacturing” – in the field of Materials and Manufacturing at the Group Research of the Volkswagen AG.  Mr. Fischer is a Chemist and has a PhD in Technical Chemistry. For the last years Mr. Fischer has delved deeply the field of new production technologies for lightweight materials like fibre reinforced and unreinforced polymers and in the field of manufacturing of new hybrid materials for automotive application as well as innovative joining methods for new hybrid materials.”
Dr.Ing. Reinhard Schiffers
KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH
Head of Machine Technology

After studying general mechanical engineering, Reinhard Schiffers completed his Ph.D. on "Process capability in injection molding" under Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wortbergat, the chair for "Design and plastics machinery" at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Parallel to his activity for the professorial chair, he studied business economics at the FernUniversität (Open University) in Hagen.
After completing his Ph.D. in 2009, Reinhard Schiffers joined KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH in Munich, assuming responsibility for "Energy efficiency – BluePower" within the KraussMaffei Group.
Since 2012 he has been Head of the Machine Technology department within R&D, where his activities cover various areas:
- Development of hydraulics systems
- Development of plasticizing systems
- Measuring technology
- Pre-development
Mr. Carl Litherland
Head of Group Marketing

Carl Litherland is the third generation of his family to be working in plastics and has more than 25 years of experience in the development of automated raw materials management systems for the plastics manufacturing and processing industries. He is head of group marketing at motan and motan-colortronic.
The motan Group, with its headquarters in Constance on Lake Constance in Germany, was founded in 1947. As the leading provider of sustainable raw materials handling, the company is active in injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion and compounding. Parts of the application-orientated product spectrum are innovative modular systems solutions for the storage, drying, and crystallisation, conveying, dosing and mixing of plastics. Production takes place at various locations in Germany, India and China.
Mr. Manfred Hackl
EREMA GmbH, Austria

Manfred Hackl, born 6 August 1968 in Linz, Austria.
After  successfully  attending  a  technical  high  school  (HTL)  for  mechanical engineering in Linz and completing the course in 1988 Manfred Hackl went on to study at Vienna's  Technical University for mechanical engineering where he graduated in 1995.
He joined EREMA in the same year as Quality Manager and then became Product  Manager for  PET  recycling  in  1998, responsible for both product development and sales in this division.
From 2004 to 2006 he was also Vice President of EREMA and since April
2006 he is CEO of EREMA.
Mr. Gerhard Böhm
Managing Director Sales

Gerhard Böhm trained as a mechanical engineer, specialising in energy device electronics and subsequently graduated in electrical energy technology at the University of Konstanz. He spent twelve years in project management in the automotive industry, subsequently working in sales management. In 1989 he switched to machine tool construction. Gerhard Böhm has more than 20 years of experience in international sales. He was most recently responsible for international sales and marketing in a medium-sized family-run company. He joined ARBURG in mid-2015 and became Managing Director Sales in 2016.
Mr. Ralf Pampus
Reifenhäuser Plastic Machinery (Suzhou) Co Ltd
Managing Director
Ralf Pampus is Managing Director of Reifenhäuser China. Additionally he is Director Strategic Sales and authorized representative of Reifenhäuser Blown Film in Germany. Before Ralf Pampus has joint Reifenhäuser in 2011 he has worked at 3M Germany several years in the Process Engineering Department. He is holding a master degree in industrial engineering with a major in plastic technology and a diploma degree in manufacturing technology. Within the Reifenhäuser Group he is a key sponsor of the Industry 4.0 developments.
Dr. Gerhard Dimmler
Head of R&D Products

1987 – 1992: Higher Technical School for mechanical engineering
1993 – 1999: mechanical engineering and economics at Graz Technical University;
course of study mechatronics
1999 - 2003 PhD study at institute for materials science, welding and forming at
Graz, Technical University
Since 2003 – Assistant Development Management at ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH.
ENGEL is one of the global leaders in the manufacture of plastic processing machines.
Product and process know-how and international experience as project leader of different strategic projects
Since 2010 – Head of R&D products at ENGEL Austria GmbH and Global responsible for R&D products as injection moulding machines and robots
Mr. Florian Maier
Christian Maier GmbH & Co. KG.
Managing Partner and CEO

Florian Maier is the fourth generation who leads the 90 years old family business. Florian Maier is responsible for Sales, R&D, Accounting, IT and international business. Christian Maier GmbH & Co. KG produces rotary joints in top-class product quality and in the use of state-of-the-art materials and technologies. Christian Maier GmbH & Co. KG has four plants all over the world: Kunshan, PR China; Atlanta Georgia, USA; Milano, Italy; Heidenheim, Germany. In more than 50 other countries you will be supported by exclusive distributor of Christian Maier GmbH & Co. KG.
Mr. Jürgen Weiner
head of Discrete Industries and R&D, Manufacturing and EAM within the SAP Products & Innovation development organization

Juergen Weiner is the head of Discrete Industries and R&D, Manufacturing and EAM within the SAP Products & Innovation development organization.
Together with his team, he works on bringing new products to market, aligning and optimizing all of the related business processes to turn ideas into viable products.
Juergen joined SAP in 1995 as product manager for Cost Object Controlling. From 2000 till 2007 Juergen was responsible for the Industry Business Unit Aerospace & Defense and Machinery, Engineering and Construction. After a switch to LoB SME (Small Midsize Enterprise), where Juergen managed the overall SME Business All-in-One solution portfolio, he rejoined the Business Suite as product owner for Product Lifecycle Management and Manufacturing.
At his previous company Mannesmann Dematic, Juergen held a development management position in charge for Concept, Design, Development and Implementation of a variant configurator within several business units at Mannesmann. Juergen holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Duisburg. He studied economics and business engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.
Mr. Thomas Kosthorst
Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG
Business Management Plastic Machinery

Thomas Kosthorst joined Beckhoff Automation in 2005 and since then has headed the Business Management Plastic Processing Machines and Hydraulic Applications. A main focus of his activities is the development of control solutions for injection molding and blow molding machines. As the specialist for open PC-based control technology and one of the leading vendors of control solutions for plastic processing machines, Beckhoff has been committed to the development of open automation interfaces for many years. Against this background, Thomas Kosthorst has contributed to the creation of communication standards for plastic processing machines in the past decade, with the aim of enabling connectivity in production facilities.
Thomas Kosthorst graduated in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, a technical university in Germany. After his first position with an engineering services provider, he moved to the plastics industry in 1990 where he gained extensive experience with his new employer Battenfeld. He started out as department head for measurement and control technology for extrusion machines, before being appointed head of control system development for injection molding systems in Germany and Austria. From 1999 to 2005, Thomas Kosthorst was responsible for the overall development activities for injection molding machines at Battenfeld.
Mr. Siegfried Köhler
Worldwide Sales of Injection Molding Machines and Equipment

Siegfried Köhler is responsible for worldwide sales of injection molding machines and equipment at WITTMANN BATTENFELD, Austria.
He is committed to bringing WITTMANN BATTENFELD’S ‘one-stop-shop’ message to customers; offering the world’s injection molders many interactive and cost-saving combinations of molding machines, robots and other peripheral equipment.
Siegfried Köhler has a unique perspective on the global plastics processing industry, having served it via a number of leading suppliers over the past twenty five years.
After a machinist apprenticeship and an education program at the HTL Technical College for engineering, Siegfried Köhler began his career with the Austrian engineering company Starlinger & Co, where he was responsible for special purpose machinery manufacturing and engineering.
Further appointments in Austria then followed; firstly for a trading company involved in peripheral equipment and then for a world-leading business manufacturing and supplying equipment for polymeric materials handling. He is delighted to be participating in Chinaplas 2016.
Mr. Sven Wolf
LEISTRITZ Extrusionstechnik GmbH
Managing Director

Born 1966 in Austria, married, 2 children
Technical High-School, Wood-technology (1980-1985)
University of Leoben, Institute of plastics processing (1986-1992); Master’s degree in December 1992 with honor and the award of the university called “Rektor Platzer Ring “
Long time experience in the field of plastic machinery, engineering and process technology as well as experiences in reorganization and turn-around management
Rosendahl Maschinen GmbH (R&D manager, general sales manager)
MAG AG (assistant to the board of directors)
Theysohn Group of Companies (Managing director, minority owner)
Technoplast Kunststofftechnik (Managing director)
STARLINGER & CO Gesellschaft mbH (Managing director)
extruwood GmbH (Founder and Co-Owner)
LEISTRITZ Extrusionstechnik GmbH (Managing director) since 2011
Various international board of directors mandates in USA, India and China
Lector for advanced materials at the FH-Technikum Wien (International Business & Engineering)
•  Several national and international publications and presentations in different plastic related fields

Organizer Contact: Inquiries:
Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd
Ms. Stella Li
Tel: (86) 21 51879766 ext 268
Baobab Tree Event Management (HK)
Ms. Faye Lau
Tel: (852) 3520 3187

* Baobab Tree Event Management (HK) Ltd is the appointed event management agent of CHINAPLAS 2016 Industry 4.0 Conference.