Meet the 2017 Speakers

  • Dr. Klaus Afflerbach

    Senior Sales Manager Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

    Klaus Afflerbach is working for Voith Paper in the wet lay business since 1991. He receives his doctor degree in chemical engineering in 1991 at RWTH Aachen.

  • Dr. Fikri E. Alemdaroglu

    Business Manager Surface Modification Technologies Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH, Germany

    Fikri is the head of Surface Modification Technologies business unit at Daikin Chemical Europe. The department is responsible for the sales and marketing of barrier chemicals based on fluorocarbon (Unidyne) for paper and pulp industry in EMEA region. His responsibility extends to sales of finishing chemicals for textile industry, fluorinated coating binders for construction, grease and oils and special fluorosilane based antifinger print coatings. Prior to joining Daikin he worked in the polyurethane division of BASF. Fikri holds a PhD in chemistry for his work in Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany. 

  • Manfred Binder

    Marketing & Sales Director In-Line Farbmessung X-Rite GmbH, Germany

    Manfred Binder is a color expert with over 25 years of experience in the field. 

    After finishing his studies as a mechanical engineer in 1989 with the main subject metrology and control, his career started as design engineer for electronic microscopes. In 1991 he went to Infrared Engineering, where he came in contact with the first non-contact tristimulus colourimeter. In 1994 he changed his positon to Kollmorgen Instruments. Here he was active as a sales engineer for laboratory colour measurement and colour matching systems in south Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the eastern territories. The company name changed to GretagMacbeth and finally to X-Rite. In 2002 Manfred Binder was responsible for applications where he covered mainly the paper, glass, coil coating and plastics industry. Since 2012 he is now responsible for all in-line sales worldwide at X-Rite. He is member of the DIN –ISO Committees for paper, board and pulp and held may seminars about colour, colour measurement and closed loop colour control around the world. He is also coauthor of the book “Coloristics for paint applications”. Manfred has worked with over 50 different paper companies and numerous paper mills throughout the world.  He continues to learn and enjoys sharing color and appearance experience

  • Mark Crable

    President Crable Engineering, USA

    Mark Crable is a color expert with 31years of experience in the field.  He's worked for a number of companies dealing with all aspects of the coloration of paper and board.  Starting in 1985, he joined AccuRay (now ABB), and was asked to join the integration team for AccuRay's new color measurement and color control system.  With training from GretagMacbeth (now X-Rite) and Ciba (now BASF) plus direct work with the control and software engineers developing the standard color system, he began installing, tuning, and training operators on AccuRay color control.  This work also included advising paper manufacturers on the design of "color kitchens" for the storage and delivery of dyes to the paper machines. 

    Following an 8-year career with AccuRay/ABB, Mark worked for the International Paper mill in Mobile, Alabama for 3 years prior to taking a position in Color Technology directly with International Paper.  After 2 years on the team, Mark became the Program Manager - Color and Appearance for International Paper when the group relocated to Loveland, Ohio. He led efforts at four International Paper mills to manufacture colored papers on machines which had previously run only white papers.  Mark was also a key player in the 2005 move by IP to launch brighter and whiter papers in the North American market.  He introduced the concept of CIE whiteness to this market. Mr. Crable was intimately involved in the implementation of ColorLok® technology at IP mills in the U.S. and Brazil.

    After 12 years with International Paper, Mark worked directly for the dye company, Greenville Colorants where he supported sales of dyes, tinting pigments, and optical brightening agents (OBA) to multiple paper companies.  In 2011, he established Crable Engineering LLC, a process solutions and color expertise company with multiple industry partners.  He maintains relationships with manufacturers of color measurement & control systems, dye pump and dye delivery systems, and multiple dyestuff companies. He is presently Chair of TAPPI’s Optical Properties committee.

    Career highlights:  Mr. Crable has worked with paper clients on color projects across the U.S. and Canada, plus Scotland, France, Poland, Russia, Brazil, and Australia.  He is experienced with dye and OBA selection for manufacturing all types of paper & paperboard, dye delivery systems, on-line, closed-loop color control, optical properties (including color) theory and practices.  Mark has worked with over 20 different paper companies and numerous paper mills throughout the world.  He continues to learn and enjoys sharing color and appearance experience.


  • Jan Duffhues

    Print Development Manager Mars Europe, The Netherland

    Over 30 packaging experience, “ to translate a creative idea into industrial printed packaging” Starting with design and graphics educations, graduated in packaging:  specialized in Consumer packaging  Start to work for Philips Electronics and switched to Mars Chocolate Europe.

    Mars offered me the challenge to work in an European environment, working in a cross segmental packaging graphics department with Veghel The Netherlands as central hub.

    Delivering optimal industrial printed packaging material for chocolate/petfood and food products in the Mars Europe portfolio


  • John Fisher

    Business Development Manager DuPont Industrial BioSciences, Canada

    John Fisher, P.Eng, is a Business Development Manager in DuPont’s Industrial BioSciences Business. He is responsible for new product development and commercialization of bio-based products for the Paper and Packaging industries. He has more than 35 years of experience in technology development, project management and licensing with DuPont and Nova Chemicals in a wide range of businesses including petrochemicals, polymers, oil & gas and biomaterials. He has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario

  • Andrea Glawe

    Regional Sales Director Kroenert GmbH & CO. KG, Germany

    Mrs. Andrea Glawe graduated in 1992 with the Master degree for “Technical textiles and process technology” at the Technical University of Chemnitz.

    She started her career as scientific assistant and project leader for the Textile Research Institute Plauen GmbH between 1992 and 1993 and for the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. Greiz between 1993 and 2001.

    From 2001 to 2011 she worked as Deputy sales director with responsibility for technical sales and project management at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH in Dormagen.

    Between 2011 and 2012 she took her responsibility as R&D leader DRYTEC GmbH & Co KG in Norderstedt.

    Between February 2012 and September 2015 Andrea Glawe worked as Director R&D for all R&D activities of the KROENERT group in Hamburg and was also responsible for Business Development.

    Since October 2015 she is responsible as Regional Sales Director for the Asian / Pacific market at Kroenert.


  • Stephen Goddard

    HP PageWide Web Press Consumables & Media Business Manager HP, EMEA

    Biography to follow...

  • Tony Hiorns

    Senior Scientist Imerys Minerals Ltd., UK

    Tony is a senior scientist in the Kaolin group at the Par Moor Research Centre of Imerys. After receiving his degree and PhD in chemistry from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, he joined English China Clays. For the last 30 years, he has mainly worked on how the physical and chemical characteristics of minerals can affect both the production and the final properties of paper and board.


  • Petr Jindra

    Head of Technical Sales Service Mondi, Czech Republic

    Papermaking secondary school (Czech Republic)
    Chemical Technology University (Czech Republic)

    14 years of papermaking experience in different technical and managerial position
    Production experience in Bags & Shoppers and Coating & Laminates applications



  • Anna Jonhed

    R&D Director BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden

    Anna holds a PhD in surface treatment of paper from Karlstad University in 2006. She started her career as product development engineer at Nordic Paper. In 2010, she joined Billerud as a process engineer working with process efficiency and cost savings. In 2011 she took the position as Manager Process Technology, leading the process technology team at Gruvön and having responsibility for short term product development. She has been highly  involved in the development work of FibreForm, the stretchable paper that challenge plastics. In 2014 she accepted the position as R&D Director for BillerudKorsnäs to lead and developing the R&D organization. The R&D department is responsible for product development, external and internal research and is expanding their efforts in product and material development.

  • Tom Lindop

    General Manager Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems and CRP, UK

    Tom joined the industry as a Reeds/SCA Graduate in the mid 1980s.
    For the Majority of his career he was a Director of CRP Print and Packaging who amongst other things were one of the pioneers in Digital Printing in the Fibre Packaging Industry.

    Working now for Smurfit Kappa in various roles he is also a member of the groups Digital team focusing on the part Digital will play within the Groups future.

    Tom has many years digital experience both in the development and execution of this vital part of our industry.

  • Dr. Philippe Martinez

    Project Manager Centre Technique du Papier (CTP), France

    He joined CTP in 2007. He has an engineering degree in papermaking and, and a PhD in Material Science and Process engineering. Since 2011, he is working as a Project manager in the “Functional Surfaces & Products Team”.

    He has coordinated and participated in several industrial projects, developing products from lab to industrial scale. He is mainly in charge of the development of innovative treatments for papers and boards with a focus on the development of chromatogeny (European projects: Boosteff, Mars-EV, GreeNanofilms and CTP’s general research program: Waregraft 2013-2016). He is also co-inventor of 3 patents related to chromatogeny.

  • Päivi Miettinen

    Application Director CH-Polymers Oy, Finland

    She  is Tech. Lis from Helsinki University of Technology. Her longest career has been in UPM-Kymmene where she worked 12 years and the last years as a Research Director.

    She has been working for over 10 years as a Managing Director of Forest Pilot Center Oy. Since 2012 she has been working in CH-Polymers Oy as an Application Director.

    Her main focus area during the last years has been the development of barrier dispersions and development of new products for digital printing methods.

  • Tuomas Mustonen

    Founder, Managing Director Paptic Ltd., Finland

    Mr. Tuomas Mustonen (MBA, M.Sc. Applied physcis) is Co-Founder and CEO of Paptic Ltd, a renewable materials start-up focusing on replacement of plastics in carrier bag and packaging applications.

    Prior to Paptic, Mr Mustonen has worked as Vice President, Sales at VTT  Technical Research Centre of Finland, and has an industry background from the packaging industry in several roles ranging from business development to technical marketing.

    He is specialized in commercialization of new biobased material technologies with special focus on packaging applications. Mr. Mustonen has a MBA degree from the Aalto University and Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from the University of Jyväskylä.


  • Jan Rops

    Product Manager Inkjet Crown Van Gelder BV, The Netherlands

    Jan Rops is Product Manager Inkjet at Crown Van Gelder BV, market leader in the production of High Speed Inkjet papers. He received a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, studied at QMU London and did a post-graduation project at the University of Barcelona. Jan has worked for Akzo Nobel, Saint Gobain Isover, Tetra Pak and Crown Van Gelder. In 2004 at Crown van Gelder he developed their first HSI inkjet paper. Since 2014 Jan re-joined Crown Van Gelder and is responsible for the Crown Letsgo High Speed Inkjet paper portfolio.

  • Marko Summanen

    Vice President Business Development Europe Fisher International, Inc., Finland

    VP Business Development, Europe at Fisher International. Marko Summanen is a paper industry professional with over 20  years of experience across strategic, tactical, engineering, and sales functions as well as a worldwide scope that includes work in China, Southeast Asia, the US, Canada, and several European countries.

    Prior to joining Fisher International, he held various sales and key account management positions at Valmet, running projects that included starting up 10 new paper machines in Europe, NA and Asia - among them, UPM Tervasaari PM8, making specialty papers. As Director of Service and Mill Improvements, his team focused on paper mill efficiency improvements and cost savings. He was also responsible for developing the new services business model.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Summanen has championed the transformative power of data-driven management. At Fisher, his solutions-focused approach helps clients improve performance and expand their position in the marketplace using data, analytics, and leveraged consulting.

    Mr. Summanen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Automation Engineering from the Technical Institute of Jyväskylä in Finland.


  • Sanne Tiekstra

    Program Coordinator End Products, Chair ActInPak Bumaga BV, The Netherlands

    Currently, Sanne is the coordinator of the End Products program at Bumaga, involved as project manager or work package leader in various European projects, and Chairs ActInPak (COST Action FP1405) focussing towards market introduction of active and intelligent fibre-based packaging.

    Ms. Sanne Tiekstra, MSc. obtained her MSc. Degree Industrial Design Engineering on Management of Product and Packaging Development from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in February 2010. To obtain her degree, she did an internship at a metal packaging company to implement consumer and customer needs in packaging development.

    After graduation, she started working at Bumaga BV in 2010 where she focused on the project Smart and Slim Supply Chains. Since then she became actively involved in projects dealing with paper and board packaging supply chain, new applications of paper and board and related projects and initiatives. She is involved in (inter)national projects concerning new applications for paper and board, material characteristics, novel combinations of bio-based materials, new applications of paper and board, printed intelligence, and smart packaging. Currently, she is Program Leader of the End Products team and as such involved in creating new projects, roadmaps and vision to sustain Dutch paper and board industry.

    According to Sanne, the (Dutch) paper and board industry can achieve much more in amongst others the packaging sector. Cooperation with different chain partners and sectors, but also the link between industry and science offer many opportunities. With imagination, integration, and lots of enthusiasm, her aim is to innovate and create new opportunities and applications within the paper and cardboard industry.

  • Martti Toivakka

    Professor, Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting Åbo Akademi University, Finland

    Martti Toivakka is currently a full professor and head of the Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting at Åbo Akademi University, Finland ( He received his doctoral degree in chemical engineering in the area of paper chemistry in 1998. His research group is a member of the Academy of Finland appointed Center of Excellence for Functional Materials, which develops functional materials and demonstrates devices for printed intelligence. His research interests include novel coating and surface treatment methods for natural fiber-based products, printing as a fabrication method and use of paper as a substrate for printed electronics. He has (co-)authored over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is currently the guest editor of Chemical Engineering and Processing – special issue of Coating and Drying of Thin Films. He has organized and been the chairman of 2006 TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium and the 2011 European Coating Symposium, both held in Turku, Finland. Furthermore, he has arranged numerous international short courses for industrial professionals and doctoral level students, the recent ones being Coating and Drying of Thin Films – Fundamentals & Applications with a Special Topic on Printed and Organic Electronics in 2011, Pigment Coating Technology in 2012, and Advanced Printing Technology in 2014.

  • John Tucker

    Sales Director Zanders GmbH, Germany

    Working in the paper and board industry since 1990, John has excellent long-standing expertise focusing on sales strategy, product and business development as well as restructuring.

    As Sales Director of Zanders, he is currently responsible for the sales and marketing team at Gohrsmühle paper mill situated in Bergisch Gladbach close to Cologne.

  • Jari Vartiainen

    Senior Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland

    Jari Vartiainen, Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. 20 years’ experience in packaging and plastic processing R&D and quality assurance. Specialized in high barrier packaging, functional and antimicrobial materials, surface treatments, bio-based and edible coatings and films, high performance fibre products and atmospheric plasma treatment. >120 scientific publications including the manuscripts, conference papers and patents.

  • Alexey Vishtal

    Packaging Specialist Paper & Board Nestlé, Switzerland

    Alexey Vishtal works in Nestlé Research Centre where he focuses on development and implementation of innovative fibre-based packaging solutions. Alexey has a doctoral degree from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) in the field of papermaking and paper converting. He also has industrial experience in pulp and paper and chemical industries.

  • Jan Wölfle

    EMEA Strategic Accounts Packaging HP, EMEA

    Jan Wölfle completed his apprenticeship in precision mechanics.He obtain his Bachelor Degree in Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Product Engineering from the University Furtwangen in Germany. He also holds a Master Degree from the Colorado State University (CSU)/USA, M.B.A.

    He holds several senior position in IT and Print Industry, thereof 20 years in digital industrial graphics business segments.

    Since 1998 he has been working in senior management positions at HP in Germany, Israel, USA (EMEA) within Print and Photo market segments. Since 2013 he has been working as a Business Manager PageWide Web press systems Europa, Middle-East-Africa (EMEA)

    Since 2016 he has been working for Strategic Accounts EMEA, Packaging Segment.