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Who is the team behind BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites?

Who takes care of the distribution? Who takes care of product development? And who takes care of marketing? We introduce ourselves.

Dirk Punke - Managing Director

Dirk, how long have you been working in the thermoplastic sector and what was your career like?

I’ve been working in the sector of thermoplastics for only two years. 1992 I completed a degree in chemical engineering with focus on “Macromolecular Chemistry and Plastics Technology”. After my studies I started working at BÜFA.

How did I discover thermoplastic composites? In 1982 I read an article in my favourite bicycle magazine about one of the first monocoque carbon bicycles. At that time I thought: “This is the future!”

Throughout my entire professional career at BÜFA I’ve been involved with composites – applications in wind energy, commercial vehicle construction, leisure and trains.

What are you responsible at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites?

I take care for my colleagues, advise customers and conclude contracts with suppliers and customers.

What are the biggest and most exciting challenges in your job?

Originally, I come from an industry in which it’s possible to produce molded parts with little effort – this should also be possible with thermoplastic composites. We are currently seeing many good approaches in the field of tape laying or 3D printing – it will be really exciting! On the other hand there are areas of application in automotive engineering where large quantities and low costs are required. This is also a great challenge.

Florian Jansen - Sales Engineer

Florian, how long have you been working in the thermoplastic sector and what was your career like?

I’ve been working with thermoplastic composites since 2010. During my studies of manufacturing engineering I was engaged in automation solutions for the processing of composite components.

As a research assistant, I focused on the production of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic components in order to realise improved manufacturing solutions for the aircraft and automotive industry.

In 2017 I joined the industry at Teijin Carbon Europe where I worked as a product manager for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics (UD tapes and organic sheets). Together with customers from the aircraft industry I managed development programs for new high-performance materials. At the same time, as a member of the ITHEC Steering Board from 2014 to 2018, I was able to gain deep insights into the activities of the thermoplastic composites world as well as numerous contacts that still exist today.

After several years with deep knowledge in thermoplastic fiber reinforced composite materials I started working at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites

What are you responsible at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites?

I’m involved in business development to acquire new customers. Furthermore, i give technical advises to customers in order to realise lightweight constructions with thermoplastic composites or to further improve existing solutions at the customer.

What are the biggest and most exciting challenges in your job?

The exciting thing about it’s the new applications from the most diverse branches of industry that emerge daily. You gain a significantly different insight into the ideas of customers who want to use and benefit from thermoplastic composites.

The biggest challenge is to fully convince customers of the advantages given by thermoplastics, because they often have little experience with thermoplastic composites.

Siobhan Wilson - Sales Manager

Siobhan, what is your professional background?

I finished 2015 my training at BÜFA Composite Systems GmbH & Co. KG as an industrial clerk and since then I’ve been working in my former main department Order Management Export. 5 years later I changed to BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites.

What are you responsible at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites?

I’m a sales manager and my task is to acquire new customers. I also process all incoming and outgoing orders in our ERP system and optimise our processes in terms of systems technology.

What are the biggest and most exciting challenges in your job?

Thermoplastic composites offer efficient solutions for a wide range of applications. This complexity of products is a real challenge for me as a salesperson. Most exciting is that you learn something new every day and become more confident in what you’re doing.

Michelle, how long have you been working in the thermoplastic sector and what was your career like?

Until I started at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites I had no touch points with composite materials. Therefore the start in an unknown field was a challenge for me. But what attracted me most: I was allowed to build up everything, I’ve full confidence in my back, I’m free in my decisions and I am allowed to “try something new”.

Building up a brand and trying to establish –  it’s a challenge that I was willing to take on. We’re able to use the already established name of BÜFA as well as existing structures and networks, which was very helpful for the start.

In addition, the focus at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites should be mainly on online activities, which was interesting for me as digital native.

During and after my studies in the field of communication management, I worked for a well-known coffee manufacturer. Afterwards I moved to a PR and marketing agency and now I am with BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites since March 2019.

What are you responsible at BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites?

I’m responsible for online as well as classic marketing and public relations. More specific, I control everything that comes from us to the public and try to place the company and the brand on the market.

What are the biggest and most exciting challenges in your job?

The exciting thing about my job is that I learn something new about the composites industry every day.

Regarding to the marketing activities the exciting thing is the variety of my tasks. Due to our start-up character I’m free in my decisions and I’ve space for my creativity. Because online marketing is constantly changing, it’s important for us to be in touch with the latest trends to reach potential customers.