I am a chemist by education and have been working with adhesives and their industrial application for more than 30 years. It was a logical step for me to start with the development of adhesives at a well-known adhesive manufacturer, in order to then increasingly take care of the application technology of the adhesives I developed and to further develop the necessary interdisciplinary way of thinking. After the change to an American adhesive manufacturer, my main task was to provide technical support for its products during their market launch in Europe and to act as a link to the development chemists in the USA. For a transitional period, I assumed additional sales responsibility and was also involved in due diligence activities focusing on the technical evaluation of acquisition candidates.
Since 2009 I have been self-employed and, under the motto “How do you glue“, support various companies related to adhesive bonding along the entire value chain in various, mostly technically oriented projects. My consulting services are primarily aimed at companies that are either already using adhesive bonding in their production or are planning to do so, but are not sure whether they have the necessary expertise and experience to plan bonds in such a way that quality problems do not occur later in production. The aim is to find the best solution for the customer’s specific task. For this purpose, I can fall back on my own bonding laboratory and work closely with the respective suppliers of adhesives, the corresponding plant technology or other external partners, if necessary, but I consciously remain independent. Last but not least, I also offer general adhesive training or training tailored to the respective application. Work force qualification is an important step on the way to high-quality (series-)production.
Manufacturers of adhesives or adhesive raw materials also use my expertise. Thus I have specifically developed adhesives for certain applications for adhesive manufacturers, assessed their adhesives with regard to their suitability for new applications and supported marketing departments with the preparation of market overviews. Manufacturers of raw materials for the use in the formulation of adhesives often are interested in information about the bonding processes in which their raw materials are already used or could potentially be suitable for. This can be done in the form of market reports or also as benchmarking, if required also based on technical application tests of the respective raw materials in guideline formulations.