Mr Igor Levenberg has been active in Carbon Black business for the last 30 years. Since 1995, he owns and manages MAKROchem Group, a business cluster operating in distribution and logistics of rubber raw materials. With several warehouses and transloading stations located in Europe, North America and scheduled openings in Asia accompanied by own bulk transport infrastructure, MAKROchem is a major player in CB logistics for both producers and consumers globally.
Mr Levenberg was born in 1969, holds Master's degree in Economics followed by PhD in Chemistry. He published a range of scientific papers and books dedicated to Carbon Black and is actively engaged in the life of the industry also via participation in forums across the globe.
Ad van Oorschot
Sales and R&D Directorat
Black Bear Carbon
After finishing his chemical education (HBO) he started working as a R&D chemist and applications laboratory group leader. Later in his career he also finished an executive MBA in strategic marketing/general management. Getting in contact with customers and the market he decided to give his career a commercial twist and since then he has been working at the edge of sales, marketing and technical service, including a position at Cabot as technical service manager. In these positions he also gained a lot of international carbon black experience. He has been working for over 35 years in ink & coating related industries.
A motivated “solutions provider” who is
driven by challenges and focused on
These traits have led to success over a 25
year career, by applying them initially
toward Engineering Solutions in the
Industrial Dry Bulk Handling Sector, and
later toward Business Leadership and
Development at Cyclonaire.
Working directly with Fortune 500 clients
and related Engineering and Construction
firms has led to development of a wide
range of technical skills and teamwork
A high commitment to success ensures
ownership of any project undertaken. A
willingness to “roll up the sleeves” and
personally execute any aspect of the work
required leads to constant education and
skillset development that further supports
the ability to constantly improve.
Chief Technology Officerat
Environmental Waste International
Steve Kantor, Chief Technology Officer, has been involved with the development of the Microwave Reduction technology since its inception in 1989 when he was the associate to Dr. Charles Emery, the inventor. He was involved with the design, operation and testing of the original test and prototype units for both tire recycling and medical waste. Steve joined EWS in 1993, when it was formed, to further develop the Microwave Reduction technology. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of the research and development, as well as operations. His experience includes the design and operation of the original pilot tire reduction facility and the design of the Hybrid Microwave facility in Sault Ste. Marie. He brings an unmatched knowledge of the Microwave Reduction technology.
Notch Consulting Group, USA
Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.
BB&G - Alternative Worldwide Environmental Solutions, Lda
Delta-Energy Group, LLC
Bob Genovese is the President and CEO at Delta-Energy Group, LLC. Delta-Energy is a renewable chemical company that uses proprietary technology to convert end-of-life tires into specialty oils and recovered carbon black that meets the demanding performance
specifications of the tire and rubber industries. Delta’s process is lower cost and generates 85% less CO2 emissions than production of virgin carbon black.
Delta-Energy is a true circular solution for the tire industry to meet performance requirements, lower costs, and enhance sustainability.
Bob is an energetic C-suite executive with diverse experience leading operational businesses around the world as well as resolving difficult commercial and regulatory
issues. During thirty years with BP, Bob held business and functional leadership roles
in North America, Europe, and Asia. Bob has a track record of leading operating businesses to achieve outstanding results in the areas of safety, operations, commercial performance, and people development.
Bob graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering. He also holds a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of
Management at Northwestern University.
Global Lead Buyer Carbon Blackat
On a broad background of Humansistics and a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Richard Chiari has over 25 years of professional experience in Manufacturing, Logistics and Procurement: twelve years in FMCG-food/feed with Mars, five years in Plastics Industry (Borealis-Borouge) and also several years as CPO (Procurement&Production) for Erber Group, a globally engaged Hidden Champion in sustainable Agro-Biotechnology.
As Semperit Group Global Lead Buyer Carbon Black, Richard works together closely with R&D to further develop a sound business case establishing rCB as a complementary raw material for MRG Mechanical Rubber Goods in bigger industrial scale.
Process Technology Developmentat
Christian Höfels studied process engineering to a bachelor degree in Hamburg and finished his academic education with a master degree in process engineering at the university of Braunschweig. He joined NETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH, a company specialized in fine grinding and classifying, six years ago. As a specialist for “Process Technology Development” he is in charge for new trends and optimization in all kinds of processes. The activities start with trials in the test lab, go on to the construction and up to commissioning and optimization of the plants in industrial operation.
Martin Von Wolfersdorff
Martin von Wolfersdorff is a consultant specialising in alternative rubber fillers and tire pyrolysis. He is in contact with over 320 tire pyrolysis companies globally and advises tyre manufacturing associations, tire manufacturers, tire collectors, refineries, pyrolysis technology providers & operators on the global tire pyrolysis industry and the marketing of recovered carbon black. Previously, Martin worked in the carbon black industry with Cabot, in the custom colour masterbatch industry with Americhem and in the white pigment industry with Huntsman Pigments. Martin holds a Dipl. Ing. (Univ.) degree in chemical engineering from the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.
Mr. Christian Kaiser
Department Inorganic Materials and Recyclingat
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
Bio to follow.
Jens Elton Anders
CEO and partnerat
WindSpace and Elysium Nordic
Jens is CEO and Partner in WindSpace.
Jens has a background in banking with 10+ years of experience in Danish banks and is a Certified Chartered Financial Analyst and is currently studying Executive MBA at AVT Business School in Copenhagen.
Jens is also the CEO of Elysium Nordic, a tire recycling project in Denmark with focus on delivering new value from ELT
Senior Project Managerat
Biography to follow.
Black Bear Carbon
Victor Vreeken (48) is holding master degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Business Administration (MBA). Before joining Black Bear, Vreeken spent over 8 years at Avantium, active in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. Most recently he was Chief Operations Officer for Renewable Polymers business within Avantium. Vreeken joined Black Bear Carbon in January 2020 in the position of Chief Technology Officer. In August 2021 he transitioned into the role of CEO.
Prior to founding RCB Nanotechnologies GmbH, Niels Raeder was CEO of Pyrolyx AG. For over 10 years, he grew this public German company in the field of sustainable technologies and engineering in industrial recycling of tires to one of the market leaders in this segment. He was born in Bonn and studied marketing and communications in Munich. His expertise is business development and financing of mid-size companies. During the last 10 years he was responsible for several successful IPO’s in Germany and Australia as well as different bond financings in Europe and USA. The identification and development of new sustainable technologies which will help to improve the CO2-footprint of industrial production processes, is one of the core targets of Niels Raeder´s work.
Breno Leme Asprino Neto
Prof. Dr. Jorge Lacayo-Pineda
R&D Global Tire Testingat
Prof. Dr. Jorge Lacayo-Pineda is Head of the Expert Field for Materials Evaluation at Continental, Tires, and has hold different executive positions in the Materials Labs of Continental since 1998. He is Honorary Professor at the Leibniz University of Hanover and Visiting Professor at the Qingdao University of Science & Technology. He is Chairman of Sub-Committee D11.20 Rubber Compounding Materials & Processes of ASTM International, member of the US Delegation to ISO TC 45 – Rubber & Rubber Products, Convener of the ISO Working Group TC45/SC2/WG5 Chemical Tests of Rubber, and member of the Board Council of the German Rubber Society.
Technical Managing Directorat
Neuman & Esser
Born in 1970, he studied Process Technology at the university Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld.
He wrote his diploma thesis about the Cyclone Classifier CSF at NEUMAN & ESSER in 1995 and has worked there continuously since then.
Marc Giersemehl broadened his international experience during his three years in Brazil as Managing Director, being in charge of the Latin American market.
Today, as the Technical Managing Director at the headquarters in Germany, he is responsible for the technical area including research & development.
Head of Group Procurement Compounding Materialsat
Process Consultant at
Hosokawa Alpine AG
Christian Eisenbarth has more than 9 years experience in process engineering. His first contact points to the carbon black world were during his Master thesis which deals with the further development of a bypass conveying system for carbon black. After his M. Eng in environmental and process engineering he gained profound knowledge in the process department of Zeppelin Systems GmbH. Afterwards he joined Hosokawa Alpine were he is now in charge of a newly developed customer service which supports clients in early stage projects in order to define and design the system correctly starting at the beginning of the project journey to a finally running system.
Pieter ter Haar
Director Research and Developmentat
CIRCTEC / ASTM
Pieter ter Haar is an expert in recovered carbon black (rCB), pyrolysis, and is a former rubber compounder. He has extensive expertise managing R&D for rCB companies in Europe and North America. After obtaining his Chemistry degree from the Hanze University (Groningen, the Netherlands) he worked as a Rubber Compounder for Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting in the Netherlands, where he was in charge of sustainability development of rubber compounds. Pieter joined Pyrolyx/cct Stegelitz in 2015 to develop, build, and manage the first R&D competence center fully dedicated to rCB research. He is one of the founding members of ASTM committee D36 on recovered carbon black, and in his current role as Vice Chair, he leads various task groups within the committee. Pieter is currently president of Terhaar Consulting Inc. in Ontario Canada and consults internationally on various topics related to sustainability, pyrolysis and recovered Carbon Black and is part of the advisory committee for “Recovered Carbon Black World”.
Technical Marketing Managerat
Harold Scholz & Co. GmbH
Working with carbon black for nearly 20 years, former at Degussa (Evonik, Orion) at the specialties application center.
Started at Harold Scholz in 2006, also in the application lab, then accompanied different development projects before changing to sales activities.
Nowadays responsible for technical application costumers and requests as technical marketing manager - preferred carbon black (preparations) costumers.
Vianney Vales is the CEO of Wastefront AS. He was previously the CEO of Devaltec LLC, a project developer in sustainable Energies and a strategic partner of Wastefront in the development of projects. He is a former top executive in Oil & Gas in Shell and Galp Energia, and a founder & CEO of multiple bio-fuels companies, such as SGC Energia, and bio Biovegetal.
CEO & Chairmanat
Eliot Sorella is an acknowledged entrepreneur from Canada that founded, acquired and managed successful companies in many diversified fields. More recently, he has been focused on waste treatment, plastics, real estate and private equity.
Mr. Sorella is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ecolomondo, a publicly listed green tech company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under ticker symbol ECM, that specializes in the processing of hydrocarbon waste.
He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of Futurplast Extrusions for the last 20 years and has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Sorella Group of Companies since 1995.
Mr. Sorella, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from Loyola College, has sat on numerous boards of directors of private companies in Canada as well as in the United States.
For nearly 4 decades and even more so today, he has proudly contributed to economic development and job creation in all areas his businesses operate.