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2022 Speakers


André Luis Lavignati

Tria do Brasil Director

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Director at Tria do Brasil since 2001.

Graduated in Electrical Engineering and Administration.
25 years working in the plastics sector.

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Andres F. Grunewald

Latin America Gneuss Director


Mechanical engineer graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1989, working for 25 years in the plastics sector and since 1999 for Gneuss.

Since 2005 as director of the Latin American subsidiary of Gneuss.


Benjamin Franz

Senior Manager for Digital Solutions 

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Responsible for supporting  internal departments , external subsidiaries and customers alike to advance technological developments in line with market and customer requirements.

Mr. Franz has been working since 2000 fo ARBURG in relevant management positions in Germany and in Asia.


Daniel Carrillo  

Latin America Sales Manager

Daniel Carrillo joined INTRAVIS Vision Systems in December 2018 as the Latin America Sales Manager, bringing more than 5 years of experience in vision inspection. At INTRAVIS, he is responsible to work with the leaders of the plastic packaging industry in Latin America, to collaborate with them, analyze current problems and create solutions for their quality inspection needs.

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Franz-Xaver Keilbach

Global Product Manager Circular Economy


Franz-Xaver Keilbach is the Global Product Manager Circular Economy at KraussMaffei and started at the company in 2018. Different solutions within mechanical recycling up to chemical recycling in extrusion or injection molding technique belong to his area of response. He studied mechanical engineering at the TU Munich and was working as a development engineer for medical plastic disposables in his first job.


Genivaldo Batista

Business Coordinator on Plastics Industry

He has been working in the industrial segment for over 20 years, with 8 years of experience focused on the plastic transformation industry, managing several projects involving the reduction of tool change times and application of SMED concepts, formed in Control and Automation Engineering from Universidade Bandeirante de São Paulo since 2007 and a postgraduate degree in Occupational Safety Engineering from Universidade Nove de Julho.


George Kobel

South America Sales Manager


During his early career, George acquired extensive experience leading projects in the gas/gasoline and steel industry. Prior to joining IMD, he led projects in Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Guatemala.

In 2016, George joined IMD Ltd. as sales manager for South America, including strategic sales activities aimed at achieving the strong growing ambitions in this nearby market.

In 2019, IMD opened a unit in São Paulo (IMD LATAM) to serve Latin America. George was promoted to head of site at IMD LATAM.

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Hannes Zach

Sales Director Digital Solutions


Sed Card: 

•Since 2000 with ENGEL

•2000 to 2011 working in the IT department (Software-Development, project manager)

•2011 to 2018 Teamleader MES solutions

•2018 to 2021 Sales Director TIG MES solutions

•From 2021 Sales Director Digital solutions @ENGEL

•Studium an der FH Hagenberg

•Bachelorstudium Software Engineering

•Masterstudium Information Engineering und Management

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Jeziel de Oliveira

Technical Manager

Specialist in Injection Molding Technology, he has been working for 22 years in the plastic transformation segment, offering technical support to the most diverse industries and applications.

He has extensive practical and theoretical knowledge gained through extensive field experience and periodic training in Germany.

Mr. Oliveira has already helped dozens of companies to achieve their best manufacturing performance.

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Klaus Fellner

In-house consultant for circular economy & recycling


Klaus Fellner was born in Steyr, Austria. He holds a BSc and MSc Degree in Polymer Engineering and Science from the University of Leoben, Austria. He also received a PhD in Computational Mechanics and Materials Testing.

He had been working at the research center Polymer Competence Center Leoben for four years, in 2016 he joined ENGEL. He started as an assistant to the CEO (Dr. Engleder), later transferred to the development area for plasticizing & recycling. This year he took over the position of an in-house consultant for circular economy & recycling, within the same area.


Laura Martinelli

South America Customer & Application



Laura is graduated in Chemical Engineer at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), having initiated her career in the petrochemical industry in the year of 2003. She has an specialization in production engineer and an MBA in business administration and strategy at FGV. Along her career she assumed different roles in polymers as product development, technical services, market development and sales. After some years working in the solvent market, her current position at ExxonMobil is customer and application development for South America, focusing on polypropylene and high performance polymers.


Manuela Feuerstein 

Sales Manager


Graduated in Economics, experience in the textile industry in the sales area. Since April 2019, she has been working at Eisbär Trockentechnik as a sales manager. She is responsible for the markets in South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal and the materials recycling market.


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Economic Advisor

Economist, with specialization in Business Economics from FIPE/USP. He has been working as an economic advisor for the plastics industry for over a decade, responsible for publishing the "PROFILE OF THE BRAZILIAN MANUFACTURING PLASTIC INDUSTRY" and for managing data on the plastics transformation and recycling sector at ABIPLAST and SINDIPLAST.


Regiane Dutra

Responsible for application development in Brazil and Pacific Coast


Materials Engineer graduated from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), with master and doctorate degree in engineering. I've been working for 22 years in the Latin America market, with experience in provision of services in plastics and rubber, masterbatches and petrochemical industry. I served roles in polymer characterization, regulatory affairs, research and development and technical service. I am currently responsible for application development in Brazil and Pacific Coast by Exxon Mobil, focusing on polypropylene and high performance polymers.


Eng. Philipp Lenzinger

Area Sales Manager- Central / South America



2005 - 2010    Institute for higher education / Mechanical Engineering, Austria

2018 – 2021    Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering

2021 – 2023    Master Degree in Industrial Engineering


2011 - 2014    Development Engineer, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, Austria

2014 – 2016    Team Leader - Mechanical Engineering Department, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, Austria

2016 – 2021    Head of Engineering Department, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, Austria

2021 - Area Sales Manager - Central-/ South-America, Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, Austria

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Schiffers 

Engenheiro de Design e Maquinas da industria de plástico

He studied from 1999 to 2004, mechanical engineering at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen”. Then, from 2004 to 2007, he began his studies in Business Administration at the University of Hagen. Also in 2004, Dr. Reinhard Schiffers became a member of the research team at the University of Duisburg-Essen in “Engineering Projects and Machinery for Plastics Production”, where he finished in 2008. He then worked from 2009 to 2012 at KraussMaffei Group as a Project Manager at the R&D Department. In 2012, he became Head of the Machine Technology Department at KraussMaffei, he held this position until 2017. Since 2017, Dr. -Ing, Reinhard Schiffers is the Head of “Engineering Design and Machinery for Plastics Production” at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Stephan Reich

Director IT Digital Solutions 

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Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Information Technology, at the Stuttgart, focus on technical computer science
Mr. Reich  is an expert in  IT systems and network with  focus on support for the global network and communication platform as well as on global SAP implementation

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Dr. Thorsten Thümen

Senior Director of Technology


Born in 1975
Studied mechanical engineering with the core theme on plastics processing at the University of Paderborn
PhD Thesis about optimising plasticising equipment for injection moulding (NRV)
Experienced leader of development departments of machine manufactures in different businesses
Since 01.04.2019 at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag for processing technology development
Since 01.01.2020 extended responsibility for Technology Department (Product Management, Machine development, Processing Technologies, IoT, Training)

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