Speakers 2020

Fabian Altenbrunn

Würth Elektronik eiSos

Babtiste Babeau

Würth Elektronik eiSos


Baptiste Babeau, holder of a technical degree and an engineering degree in Mechanical engineering, worked 3 years in the automotive industry for Valeo on the design of a new Start & Stop starter. He performed, among others missions, the functional analysis and the DFMEA of this product with the cutting edge requirements of the automotive industry. He joined Würth Elektronik in 2018 to manage at international scale the Wire To Board products portfolio and to be responsible for the DFMEAs of the Würth Elektronik connectors.

Ullrich Eckert



1982 – 1985 Ausbildung zum Galvaniseur und Metallschleifer
1989 – 1991 LGA Nürnberg Abschluss: Staatlich geprüfter Galvanotechniker
1989 – 1990 Handwerkskammer Nürnberg Abschluss:
Handwerksmeister im Galvaniseur und Metallschleifer – Handwerk
1997 – 1998 Europäische Akademie Köln
Abschluss: Technischer Betriebswirt (Diplom EA Köln)
2008 – 2010 University of Wales (Cardiff)
Abschluss: Master of Business Administration, General Management (University of Wales)


1982 – 1989 Amphenol Tuchel Heilbronn Schichtleiter in der Galvanik; Edelmetall- und Nichtedelmetallverfahren in Gestell, Trommel und Banddurchzugsanlagen.
1991 – 2017 Blasberg / Enthone / MacDermid Langenfeld
1991 – 1996 Außendiensttechniker im Bereich Verbindungstechnik
1996 – 1997 stellvertretender Produktmanager
1997 – 2000 Produktmanager für den Bereich „Electronic Materials“
2001 – 2010:Leiter der Kompetenzgruppe „Electronic Materials“ und „Precious Decorative Metals“
2010 – 2017 Zusätzlich Leitung des Entwicklungsteam Aufbau und Verbindungstechnik mit den Schwerpunkten Zinn, Silber, Nickellegierungen und Gold.
2017 – 2018 Eucrea Hexagon Holding GmbH, Pforzheim Technischer Direktor (CTO)
2018 – dato Gerweck GmbH Oberflächentechnik, Bretten Entwicklungsleitung Prozesstechnik

Herbert Endres

Endres Consult


Herbert Endres studied communications engineering at the TH Nuremberg after completing his apprenticeship as a radio and television technician. He started his career as a project and sales engineer at AEG in Nuremberg and changed in 1975 as a product manager for capacitors at the component division of AEG Telefunken. After further positions at TRW and Labinal Components & Systems, he went to Molex in Heilbronn in January 1994 as senior product manager for telecommunication connectors worldwide. Since July 2017, he is working as a freelance consultant for questions relating to the connectors.

Stephan Groß



For 29 years within the copper industry in various fields of activity (technical marketing, process engineering, quality and sales). After more than 28 years at Wieland-Werke AG, he has been working for Ningbo Powerway Alloy as Global Director Technical Marketing since 2020.

Dr. Helmut Katzier

Ingenieurbüro Katzier


Dr. Helmut Katzier studied communications engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and theoretical electrical engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt. Afterwards he was a research assistant at the Institute of Theoretical Electrical Engineering there for five years. After his doctorate, Dr. Katzier worked for Siemens AG in the Public Networks division. From 1 July 2006 to 29 February 2012, he worked for TietoEnator Deutschland GmbH and Tieto Embedded Systems GmbH. Since 1 March 2012 he has been working independently in the area of development, consulting and training. His diverse fields of activity include, among others, packaging and interconnection technology, especially in the areas of printed circuit boards, connectors and high-speed transmission technology. At the Technical Academy Esslingen, he leads the seminars connector technology, PCB technology, cables and wires, high-speed design of electronic assemblies and systems as well as the seminar EMC-compatible board and system design. He is also a speaker in the seminar Design of High-Frequency Circuits.

Tim Kindermann

Phoenix Contact


Tim Kindermann is been working at Phoenix Contact since 2010 and responsible for copper-based data connectors since 2014 as a product manager in the Business Unit of Field Device Connectors. In this area, he is responsible for RJ45 Jack modules, Patch Panels and connectors for future Single Pair Ethernet applications.

Markus Klingenberg

IMO Oberflächentechnik GmbH


Dipl.-Ing. Markus Klingenberg has been working for IMO Oberflächentechnik GmbH as head of research and development since 2017. After his training as an electroplater he studied surface technology and materials science at the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen. From 1997 until today he held various positions in the strip electroplating sector as head of quality assurance and production manager and has more than 20 years of expert knowledge in the field of research & development.

Dr. Joachim Lapsien

CETA Testsysteme


Dr. Joachim Lapsien studied physics at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf with a focus on laser and plasma physics. He received his doctorate in the field of optical metrology. Since 2003 he has been working for CETA Testsysteme GmbH, Hilden, in the field of industrial leak and flow testing. He heads the sales department and is head of the DAkkS calibration laboratory. Dr. Lapsien is a regular speaker on industrial leak and flow testing with presentations (lectures, posters, workshops) at national and international conferences (e.g. AMA Conference, World Conference of Non-Destructive Testing, DGzfP technical seminars on leak testing, connector congress, Innosecure, Cooling Days). He has also published various articles in relevant technical journals and books.

Verena Neuhaus

Phoenix Contact


Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Verena Neuhaus arbeitet seit 2006 bei Phoenix Contact und ist seit 2013 verantwortlich für das Produktmanagement für Datensteckverbinder. In diesem Bereich verantwortet sie Steckverbinder, Patchkabel und Infrastrukturkomponenten für die Datenkommunikation im Bereich der Kupfer- und LWL-Verkabelung.

Stephan-Johannes Paul

SJP Consulting


Managing director and owner of a cable assembly company with more than 50 years of professional experience. After retirement and transfer of the company, he has been managing director of a consulting company for several years. Occupation: Telecommunications mechanic, studied communications engineering, worked for international standardization of crimp connections. Master trainer for international qualification of crimp connections according to IPC/WHMA-A-620. Author and trainer for courses of a documentation about the practice of cable assembly.

Thomas Robok

Würth Elektronik eiSos



Dr. Helge Schmidt

TE Connectivity


12/2010 –: Leiter der Abteilung „Advanced Development of Terminals und Connectors“ (Vorausentwicklung) in der Businessunit Automotive weltweit bei TE Connectivity Germany GmbH, Arbeitsplatz in Bensheim und Speyer.

01/2007 – 11/2010: Leiter der Abteilung „Advanced Technology, Terminals und Connectors“ in der Entwicklung Automotive Europa bei Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH, Bensheim.

12/1999 – 12/2006: Leiter im Technologie-Marketing Bereich Automatisierungstechnik/Industrieelektronik bei Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH, Speyer

10/1996 – 11/1999: Leiter der Forschung und Vorfeldentwicklung (Advanced Technology) im Siemens Geschäftsbereich Elektromechanische Bauelemente (EC), Connectors und Sensors, Speyer.

11/1990 – 09/1996: Leitung verschiedener Fertigungsbereiche wie Galvanik, Handmontagelinien, Relaisfertigung, Stanzerei, Kunststoffspritzerei und Steckverbindermontage bei der Siemens AG EC in Speyer, mit Personalverantwortung bis zu 220 Mitarbeitern.

02/1988 – 09/1990: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am „technologischen Zentrum für Oberflächenbehandlungsverfahren Leipzig“, Betriebsdelegierter an der TH-Ilmenau, mit Forschungsarbeiten zur computergestützten Überwachung saurer Kupferelektrolyte und Beizen.

01/1984 - 01/1988: Assistent an der TH- Ilmenau, Sektion Elektrotechnik, Bereich Elektrochemie und Galvanotechnik. Forschungen zur mikrorechnergestützten Erfassung der Grundbestandteile saurer Kupferelektrolyte, Erlangen der Dissertation 6/1988.

09/1979 – 12/1983: Studium der Elektrotechnik mit Vertiefungsrichtung Elektrochemie und Galvanotechnik an der TH-Ilmenau zum Abschluss als Diplomingenieur.

Ciprian Stein



Ciprian Stein * October 17, 1983

- Qualification as mechatronics engineer with subsequent further training as state-certified technician specializing in development and construction

- Employed at OptiMel since 2012 - initially as designer, now as project manager and in technical sales

Andreas Wortmann

Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid


Andreas Wortmann studied production engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen, Iserlohn, and has been working at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid since the beginning of 2011. In his field of activity, he deals with the topics of "media-tight overmoulding" and the testing of components with regard to their tightness (IP tests, differential pressure measurement, etc.).

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