Meet our experts
Plastteknik Nordic 2019 is privileged to have the support, expertise, and connections offered by our nordic Advisory Board – made up of individuals representing business, the development and future of plastic. You can get to know this inspiring group of people and reading their stories below.
We present proudly
Co-ordinator Swedish Plastics Industry Association (SPIF)
Lennart Johansson has a Ph.D in Chemical Technology (specialization in plastics). He has worked as Senior Scientist at ABB Corporate Research and Senior Development Scientist at Orica. Various activities have resulted in many inventions and patents for him. Lennart has also been presenting scientific articles at international conferences and served on the board of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Scandinavian Society of Electron Microscopy (SCANDEM) and the Swedish Plastics Industry Association (SPIF). Today he also conduct plastic education in eight different countries. Have also published three books.
“I hope to be able to add experience as an industry manager for SPIF and as a responsible exhibitor at various fairs”.
Managing Director at The Danish Plastics Federation
Thomas has a technical education as MSc. specializing in organization and management. Later on he graduated from the AVT Business School, with a Certificate in Business Administration (CBA). In his current job, as managing director of the Danish Plastics Federation, his primary task is to ensure that we have a strong and efficient organization, which is capable to act on both the Danish and international scene.
Director Regulatory Affairs & Strategic Innovation
Kristin has solid experience within the polymer industry, rubber, plastic, textile and many combinations of the ones mentioned. Before woking at Trioplast, she’s been working for Trelleborg, Ansell and Nolato. Over the last 20 years Kristin has been focusing on development, but she also has experience as a production manager, product manager and KAM. Kristin is experienced working worldwide, especially within manufacturing in Beijing and development in Xiamen, China. Today Kristin is facing her biggest challenge; dealing with how the plastic industry could be affected by external political changes. The plastic industry must develop in the right way to survive future changes!
CEO of the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation
Vesa Kärhä is the CEO of the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation. He has worked throughout his professional career, starting in the late 1980s, with recycling of plastics and environmental questions.
Ole Jan Myhre has his background at Statoil and Borealis. From 1986 to 2007 he has held with several positions within product development, technical customer service, application development and marketing. He was particularly involved in flexible packaging and the development of the Borstar technology and products. Since 2007, Ole Jan has been marketing manager and advisor to Norner, which provides industrial R&D services based on its advanced plastic technology center in Norway. Ole Jan looks forward to contributing to the promotion of material technology, innovation and sustainability at the Plastteknik trade show through his own expertise and network in the industry.
Joakim has been working in the industry since 2008 as branch manager, HR-director and production manager in the manufacturing plastic industry. Since 2016, he is CEO for Polymercentrum, an industry organisation with almost 100 company members. Their mission is to ensure quality of education and that the right tools for education exists to make sure that the plastic industry is constantly developing. Today Polymercentrum works as a school with different courses. His expertise within the plastic area will help us reveal future needs and opportunities while also daring to find new perspectives and ways to reach desired goals.
Dan Carlsson has been active in the plastics industry since 1978. He started his journey in the plastic industry by starting the company Centramec as Ab in 1984 together with a colleague. In addition, he has created several collaborations in Finland and Denmark. He also started the Plastic Machine Group!
Stina has a long experience within the industry because of her family business. She has been in the board at SPIF for 16 years. They work as a supplier for industrial companies in many different businesses but also manufacturing own products, especially to the construction industry. Stina is a economist and polymer engineer with passion for color and design. Her experience has contributed to a rather broad perspective than deep. What will Stina contribute to The Nordic Advisory Board of 2019? Stina will contribute with her long and broad experience and is really excited to be a part of The Nordic Advisory Board of 2019!
Former polymer specialist at Volvo Powertrain. Today Lars specialties are technical development and commercial responsibility at Arlanexo – the worlds biggest manufacturer of synthetic elastomers. Lars is also the president of SGF (Svenska gummitekniska förening) and delegate at IRC and IRCO technical committee.
Mattias Kristiansson has 15 years of experience as technical director, the last few years he has been editor in chief at 3dp.se. Mattias has held a position as marketing manager at 3DVerkstan, that supports other companies in industries like architecture, manufacturing, product development, maintenance and medicine with knowledge about additive manufacturing and 3D education. Since March 2019 Mattias is Marketing manager at 3D Printing PLM Group.
Per-Stefan Gersbro has more than 30 years of experience from the packaging industry. He has held several positions at international packaging companies and organisations in Belgium, England, Switzerland and Sweden. Per-Stefan was the initiative of Packbridge, where he was CEO for 5 years. Today, he is a consultant where his broad network contributes to excellent conference possibilities. with 10-15 seminars and conferences each year. In these context Per-Stefan is the project manager and responsible of the program and panel discussion. What will Per-Stefan contribute to The Nordic Advisory Board ? Per-Stefan will contribute with new thoughts and ideas, especially concerning how to make Plastteknik relevant for its visitors and exhibitors.
Andreas started his career in the plastics industry in 2004 as a technician. After that he has worked within sales and marketing at Animex Plast AB. Andreas drives the company Quiptec AB together with his father since 2008.
In addition, Andreas has been in the steering group for the “Plastic machine group” since 2017. Andreas also describe himeself as an true plastic friend who likes to starts discussion about the material, since he often sees advantages with the material where others sees disadvantages.
Martin has a background as a researcher in plastic processing. In 2015, he was one of the founders behind Novoplast, a plastic recycling company that helps its customers use more recycled materials in their products.
“I have always liked the connections between technology development and business development”
Henrik has a long experience from research and development within plastic and polymeric materials. He has worked both at Chalmers and RISE IVF with a focus on processing, characterization and recycling.
“In my current role, as responsible for plastic processing issues at IKEM – Innovation and Chemistry industries in Sweden, I have a close contact with our member companies on the plastic side and hope to represent the plastic industry in a good way”
Hans Friedsam is chairman of the Nordic Bioplast Association with 46 member companies and has 40 years in the professional press / media and the event industry. During these years he has both started and operated industry magazines, arranged fairs, major events and conferences and started industry organizations.
Business Unit Manager
Claes Torkelsson has 25 years of experience in the Chemistry industry and the last 20 years in the Plastics industry, mainly in Styrenics. He has previously worked for BASF, which is a leading producer in the chemical industry, and for Styrolution, which is one of the largest players in styrene-based plastics. Since 2016 he has also been the Business Unit Manager at IMCD with responsibility for the Nordic region.
Plastics Association FI
Vesa is Managing Director at the Finnish Plastics Association and Editor in Chief of MuoviPlast magazine since November 2017. Before that he had 20 years of experience of international business. At Wipak Group he was Area Manager selling sterile packaging materials to medical device industry and hospitals and Category Manager sourcing medical and food grade films and papers.
“Plastics have been and will be needed to make world a better place. It is very essential for all decision makers, media and consumers to understand that. At the same time co-operation is needed everywhere to create better possibilities for shifting stronger into circular economy ”.