Speakers 2021

Armin Beck



1990-1995 Studied mechanical engineering / University of Stuttgart

1995-2000 Designer / machines and plants

2000-2006 Head of Engineering / Automotive Supplier / forming technology

2007-2010 BU-Manager / Special Machine Construction / plastic welding machines

2010-2015 Director Business Development / electromagnetic devices

since 2016 General Manager / Dynacast Germany / precision die casting

Jürgen Bösch

Harting Electric


For more than 20 years engaged in product marketing for heavy industrial connectors

Thomas Brand

Analog Devices


Thomas Brand began his career at Analog Devices in Munich in October 2015 as part of his master's thesis. From May 2016 to January 2017, he was part of a trainee program. Afterwards in February 2017, he moved into the role as Field Applications Engineer. Within this role, he supports large customers in the industrial segment on a technical level. He first studied electrical engineering at the University of Cooperative Education in Mosbach before completing his postgraduate studies in International Sales with a Master's degree at the University of Applied Sciences in Constance.

Oliver Brenscheidt

ON Metall


For more than 20 years Oliver Brenscheidt has been engaged in the electrochemical plating of technical layers such as tin, silver and gold. After studying chemistry and an apprenticeship as an electroplater, he worked for 15 years in his family-founded electroplating shop before becoming self-employed in 2016. Brenscheidt Galvanik Service offers analytical services, especially in failure analysis, develops new systems on behalf of the customer and conducts training courses. It has its own laboratory in which both testing and coating can be carried out. With the Internet project silberbird.de, Oliver Brenscheidt makes information available to coaters and their customers on the Internet. In addition to specialist essays, visitors can also profit from a podcast series in which the daily life of a coater is reported.

Dr.-Ing. Dominik Britz



02/2021 - CEO Surfunction GmbH
03/2020 - Co-founder Surfunction GmbH
08/2016 - Group Leader “Steel- and Iron-Based Materials” at the Chair for Functional Materials, Saarland University
08/2014 – Deputy Director of the Steinbeis Research Center „Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)”
09/2013 – 05/2019 PhD student at the Chair of Functional Materials, Saarland University („Understanding steel microstructures - Contrast, image analysis and classifi-cation of low-alloy steels“)(summa cum laude)
03/2011 – 07/2014 Employee at the Steinbeis Research Center „Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)“
07/2007 – 02/2011 Student Assistant at the Chair of Functional Materials, Prof. Mücklich, Saarland University
• Electro Erosion
• SEM/FIB Operator
• Teaching (practical SEM/FIB/EBSD/EDS training, 3D microstructures)
10/2006 – 05/2012 Saarland University
Studies in Material Science and Engineering, focus on “methodology” Diploma Thesis: „Development of an electrolytic- and electro erosion re-sistant coating for Copper Plating“ (In cooperation with Atotech GmbH, Grade: 1.0) Final Grade: 1.1 (passed with distinction)

Stefan de Groot



Stefan de Groot started studying industrial engineering at the University of Paderborn in October 2010. After five years, he finished his studies as Master of Science. Since August 2016, he is working at the Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, including the transition to the PROTIQ GmbH in December 2016, and acts there as project and technology manager for additive manufacturing.

Herbert Endres

Endres Consult


Herbert Endres is a qualified engineer and studied telecommunication engineering at Nuremberg's Ohm Polytechnic (now TH Nuremberg). From 1971, he worked in project planning and service for electronic industrial controls, then product manager for passive components. Since 1978, he has led sales, marketing, and product management activities for connectors and interconnect systems at TRW Cinch, Labinal, and Molex. In 2006 he was appointed technology marketing director at Molex LLC being responsible for technology and new projects. Since 2017 he works as a freelancer with regard to questions about connectors and connector applications.

Achim Engel

Würth Elektronik ICS


After training as a radio and television technician, Achim Engel studied industrial engineering and joined the Würth Electronics Group in 2002. His focus are contact solutions for printed circuit boards. As division manager, he is responsible for the market launch of high-current contacts (Powerelements) and the SKEDD direct plug-in technology.

Björn Engelbert


Dr. Alphonse Foyet (Poster Exhibition)



After completion of his PhD in Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the Martin-Luther- Universität Halle -Wittenberg (Germany) in 2007, Adolphe FOYET worked for 3 years as Postdoctoral Fellow in Material and Composite at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherland. He joined Dow Electronic Material as Senior R&D Chemist in 2010 and DuPont Electronic & Imaging in 2019 as Associate R&D Chemist. He worked on several electroplating products such as gold, tin, silver/Silver alloy and white bronze; obtained about 6 patents granted and published more than 15 articles in different scientific journals.

Detlef Fritsch



Detlef Fritsch, born 1960, started his career as an officer in the German Bundeswehr and completed his university studies in electrical engineering. 1991 he started in the sales department of data communication technology. He grew up as sales manager at AEG Lichttechnik GmbH/ Philips and then assumed global responsibility for lighting solutions in the automotive industry as head of key account. Since 2016 he is responsible for the EMEIA division as Managing Director at WECO Contact GmbH.

Matthias Fritsche



Matthias Fritsche studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau and has been working at HARTING in Espelkamp as a product manager for Ethernet data connectors and cabling systems since 2006. In his role as Senior Expert Ethernet Connectivity, he is a member of various Industrial Ethernet user groups such as PNO for PROFINET, ODVA for Ethernet/IP, ETG for EtherCAT, VNO for Varan as well as standards committees at IEC and TIA. Since 2015, he has been active in the IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet working group), where he is helping to drive forward standards for new transmission methods such as single pair Ethernet, remote powering, etc.

Stefan Frömmrich



Graduate engineer Stefan Frömmrich studied mechanical engineering at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences. He wrote his graduate thesis in cooperation with ept GmbH covering the mechanical properties of printed circuit boards for press-fit technology. Stefan Frömmrich has been working as a design engineer in pre-development of PCB connectors at ept GmbH since April 2014. As a project manager he’s responsible for development and qualification of new connectors and processes and represents ept in several international committees.

Dr. Thomas Gneiting (Poster Exhibition)



Dr. Thomas Gneiting is founder and managing director of AdMOS, a company focused on modeling, simulation and design support. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen and worked as R&D engineer for digital controllers at FESTO in Esslingen. After gaining practical experience in industry, he spent 4 years in a joint research project between the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen and the Brunel University of West London, where he received his PhD degree in 1997. In the same year, Thomas Gneiting founded AdMOS in Frickenhausen near Stuttgart. Dr. Gneiting's focus is on assisting customers with connector design through electromagnetic simulation with subsequent verification.

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.

Denny Heilige

Harting Electric

Dr. Benjamin Hertweck (Poster Exhibition)

Kern Liebers



Dr. Michael Hilgner

TE Connectivity


After his diploma in electrical engineering with a focus on communications in 1997 and his Ph.D. in the field of numerical calculation of electromagnetic fields at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 2000, Dr. Michael Hilgner headed the development of a signal integrity and circuit simulation software at the company CST in Darmstadt. In 2008 he joined NOKIA, where he worked as a specialist for Electromagnetic Compatibility in the development of mobile devices at the location in Ulm. From 2010 to 2015, at the VDE in Frankfurt, Germany, he was responsible for the technical management of standards in various areas and also represented the German National Committee in steering groups and strategy committees of the IEC and CENELEC. Since 2015 he has been coordinating the engagements in consortia and standardization of TE Connectivity’s business unit “Industrial”.

Patrick Hirt

Metz Connect


During his B. Eng. and M. Sc. studies in Industrial engineering at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, Patrick Hirt was already active in the product management at METZ CONNECT GmbH. Until the beginning of 2021, he was product manager for cabling solutions for networks, especially Distributed Building Services, Industrial Ethernet, Automated Infrastructure Management Systems and Single Pair Ethernet. As Sales Director International, he is now responsible for the sales of cabling solutions for networks and electromechanical components. Furthermore, as a member of the SPE Industrial Partner Network and PNO working group, he is actively involved in the development, expansion and knowledge transfer of new technologies, applications and solutions.

Christian Horwath


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.

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.

Holger Krumme



Studies in Electrical Engineering (communications engineering) at TU Dortmund University,

1994 to 2001: Co. for hardware and software development of microcontroller circuits and quality management,

since 2001: Technical Director of the test house HTV-GmbH in Bensheim as Managing Director –Technical Operations

Thomas Lankmair

Bruker alicona


Thomas Lankmair is Director of the Application Competence Center at Bruker Alicona. He graduated from the higher technical school for machine construction/manufacturing technology in Austria. He successfully completed his subsequent studies in Innovation Management at the FH Campus 02. The Application Competence Center comprises both the application department and special solution development.

Dr. Joachim Lapsien (Poster Exhibition)

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. Dr. Lapsien is head of the sales department and a regular speaker on industrial leak and flow testing with presentations (lectures, posters, workshops, online seminars) 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.

Constantin Le Marquis

Würth Elektronik eiSoS

Karl Lehnhoff

EBV Elektronik


Karl has been working for EBV Elektronik since 2008. From 2008 to 2011 he was regional application manager responsible for the CE-NW region. In 2011 he took over the Renewable Energies segment as director and developed it further. Today this segment is called City & Infrastructure. In March 2019, he moved to the Industrial segment as Director. Before joining EBV Elektronik, he held various positions in electronics development, as an application engineer and account manager in sales. Karl studied electrical engineering with a focus on communications engineering at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and is a graduate engineer.

Dr. Andreas Lock



After PhD in Solid State Physics (MPI für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen, Germany) Mr. Lock joined the sensor development center of Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen. Mr. Lock held several positions in sensor development, electronics manufacturing, and ECU development and joined a JV with Hyundai Motors in Korea as head of the KEFICO Engineering & Technology Institute (KETI) for engine management ECUs. From 2011 till 2015 he was responsible for the innovation and technology management at Automotive Electronics division where he built up an innovation lab and introduced a technology management framework. Since 2016 he joined a corporate technology department as head for the Systems Engineering for E/E architectures and change end of 2018 to powertrains solutions for his current position as head of development for E7E architecture and Software Excellence.

Dr. Michael Ludwig

TE Connectivity Germany



Frank Moritz


Bernhard Mund Poster Exhibition

bda Connectivity GmbH

Dirk Peter Post



1998 HARTING hired me as a product manager for Circular Connectors. Since 2014 I am Head of Product Management Circular Connectors.

Dr. Leander Reinert



In his position as Managing Director of SurFunction GmbH, Dr. Reinert is the head of a company founded in 2020, which has set itself the goal of tailoring the surface properties of industrial products through automated laser treatment (the so-called Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) technology). In his previous, long-time function as group leader "Surface Engineering" at the Steinbeis Research Center "Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)", he accompanied the technology transfer of the DLIP technology now used in SurFunction from the laboratory to industrial application. In 2018 he received his PhD with excellence at the Chair of Functional Materials at Saarland University in the field of novel laser structuring and carbon nanoparticle coatings and successfully completed his studies in the field of materials science in 2013.

Markus Rentschler



Markus Rentschler is with his team responsible for the standardization and development of OT/IT system interfaces for the Balluff product families and also an active member or lead in several external standardization activities.

Kristin Rinortner (Moderation)


Jürgen Sahm

Phoenix Contact

Dr. Helge Schmidt

TE Connectivity

Simon Seereiner



After studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld (Germany) and the Université de Metz in France with a focus on mechanics and structural analysis, Simon Seereiner began his career in 1998 at Harting in the field of printed circuit board connector development. Within the Harting Technology Group, Mr. Seereiner went through various departments, most recently as market manager responsible for the area of industrial communication. Since 2005, Simon Seereiner has been the Portfolio Manager for Passive Ethernet and Sensor & Actuator Interfaces at Weidmueller Interface GmbH & Co. KG. The focus of his activities is the global expansion of the portfolio for passive industrial networking products. Mr. Seereiner has been actively involved in various national and international committees for connector standardization.

Carsten Stange

Langer EMV-Technik


Graduate engineer Carsten Stange successfully completed his electrical engineering degree at the technical university in Dresden. Since 2008, he’s been a design engineer at Langer EMV-Technik GmbH as part of research and development in the field of electro magnetic tolerance. He focuses on near field scanning of assemblies and switching circuits, the implementation of susceptibility tests as well as device development and the qualification of connectors.

Monika Taut



Monika Taut graduated from Technical University from Chemnitz with a Master Plastic-Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a designer for plastic components for cassette recorders. For almost 30 years she has worked in various positions in this company (Hoechst/Ticona/Celanese). She has been working in the automotive industry for 12 years. As a Field Development Engineer at Celanese in Sulzbach, Hessen she is the lead engineer for Europe in the areas of Electrical/Electronic and e-Mobility applications.

Patrick Telders



Patrick Telders, born 1987, is part of imess since 2012. During his studies in electrical engineering, he gained insight into the field of image processing. Finishing his degree, he continued as project engineer at imess. Since 2019 he is general manager and responsible for selling the tailor-made inspection systems.

Michael Tesch

Kunststoff Institut Lüdenscheid


Dipl.-Ing. Mechanical Engineer, specializing in plastics technology since 1994 employee at the Kunststoff-Institut Luedenscheid, laboratory department 1999 Head of the Materials Testing and Failure Analysis Department 2007 Establishment of the materials technology/ new materials department since 2007 Head of the Materials Technology/New Materials Department

Wolfgang B. Thörner



After obtaining a boarding school leaving certificate, Wolfgang B. Thörner completed his studies as a Wholesale and Export Merchant. He spent 8 years working as a buyer and then 5 years as assistant to the Purchasing Director with the automobile manufacturer Karmann in Osnabrück. This is where he gained his extensive technical knowledge. At the same time, he also completed a second college degree as an Industrial Clerk and student of Business Management (FH) and obtained a certificate qualifying him for entry to a specialist university. But before he was able to take up his university studies in Psychology, his electrotechnical hobby enabled him to develop a connector, purely by chance. This soon led to his first patent and then to the founding of WBT-Industrie GmbH in 1985.

Thomas Tzscheetzsch

Analog Devices


Thomas Tzscheetzsch joined Analog Devices in 2010 working as Senior Field Applications Engineer. From 2010 until 2012 he covered the regional customer base in the middle of Germany, since 2012 he is working in a Key Account Team on a smaller customer base. After the reorganization in 2017 he’s leading a team of FAEs in the IHC Cluster as Senior Field Technical Leader.

Wijnand van Gils

TE Connectivity


Wijnand van Gils MSc studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands with as specialization electromagnetics. In 2007 he started as antenna engineer at TE Connectivity in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. He designed integrated antennas for among others mobile phones, routers and cars. Later on the focus shifted to signal integrity in connector designs. Since 2016 he works for TE Connectivity as principal R&D engineer on connector developments for Ethernet applications used in industrial environments.

Dr. Karsten Walther


Wladimir Werz (Poster Exhibition)

Würth Elektronik


Wladimir Werz is senior product manager at Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG. He is responsible for the REDCUBEs product group - also known as high-current contacts - in the field of electromechanical components. In his role as product manager, he accompanies new product developments, provides technical support for the sales team and supports the field service in customer-specific projects and applications. As a speaker, he gives lectures on the fields of application of REDCUBE terminals and conducts practical workshops for the massive press-fit technology.

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