ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH
Stefan Rittmann, born on February 23, 1971, is Managing Director of ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH, a joint venture between LANXESS and Saudi Aramco. He started his career at Procter & Gamble and transferred to Boston Consulting Group and to Vossloh working as head of corporate development.
Between 2007 and 2016 he held various management positions in LANXESS, most recently as Vice President of the business line in the High Performance Elastomers business unit, which today is part of ARLANXEO. Stefan Rittmann studied process engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Córdoba, Argentina. He is married and has four children.
Megatrend-based innovation opportunities for the adhesive industry
Within the last decades the adhesives industry has developed very well in an overall positive environment of its major applications. Changes in the industry had an evolutionary character. However, this might change in the future. Driven by global megatrends several customer industries of adhesives are facing radical changes.
Firstly, the automotive industry prepares with huge investments for the electro mobility and autonomous cars – pushed by new competitors from the Silicon Valley. Secondly, the Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) significantly changes how goods are produced and how business is made. Furthermore, additive manufacturing / 3D-printing techniques are increasingly used in production processes. This opens up new opportunities for the adhesives industry but also brings many uncertainties. Finally, sustainability is becoming of greater importance in many value chains due to an increase in environmental regulations and a shift of customer’s demand towards more sustainable products.
These megatrends are expected to significantly impact the adhesives industry. The presentation discusses the influence of these megatrends on the requirements of future adhesives and outlines potential innovation areas for the adhesives industry to create the next level adhesives.
Thursday, 14 September 2017, 17:00 - 17:30