Mr. Geerts is Secretary General of CECIMO since 2008. He is a professional in EU public and regulatory affairs with long-standing and extensive experience in the management of companies, national and EU trade associations. Mr. Geerts was previously Deputy Director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, FITCE. He was also public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Secretary General for numerous European trade associations dealing with manufacturing and the engineering sector. A commercial engineer, Mr. Geerts obtained further degrees in EU economic policy, law as well as financial and business management from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College of Europe, The Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Catholic University of Leuven.
Dr. Eric Klemp
voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH
Eric Klemp, born 1966 in Flensburg, studied mechanical engineering at TU Clausthal, did his PhD at Institute of Mechanical Engineering at TU Clausthal. He was project leader at Bosch and Siemens household appliances later product architect at Rational AG and afterwards commercial director of the the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at University of Paderborn. Since 2016 Eric Klemp is COO at the voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center GmbH in Düsseldorf.
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Christian Lindemann has studied industrial engineering at the University of Paderborn with a focus on strategic production and innovation management. Afterwards he joined the chair for "Computer Application and Integration in Design and Planning" as scientific staff from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Koch. Since 2010 he is strongly involved in the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn. One of his main research topics is the cost structure of Additive Manufacturing during the product lifecycle with the aim to increase the number of part candidates for the AM technology. Furthermore he investigates existing methods for product design and the applicability for the Additive Manufacturing technologies. During his research he has participated in industry and EU-FP7 Framework projects as well as in projects of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Prof. Dr. Johannes Schleifenbaum
Digital Additive Production
RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum is Professor for Digital Additive Production at RWTH Aachen University. Besides this he leads the competence area “Additive Manufacturing and Functional Layers” at Fraunhofer ILT.With more than 150 employees, this institutes focus on developing additive production process chains and making them available to the industry. These include the development of machines, the planning of AM factories, the development of design and data tools for additive manufacturing, as well as comprehensive consulting services ranging from component consulting all the way to business case assessment for the manufacturing industry. In addition, the researchers in the competence area develop additional laser processes and systems for surface treatment, such as thin film processing, heat treatment and polishing, etc.
Before his appointment at RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer ILT Mr. Schleifenbaum held several senior management positions and gained international experience with Air Liquide and the Phoenix Contact Group.