Meet the Speakers

Sales and Business Development Manager
Polyscope Polymers BV
Filippo Bettini // Pirelli
Chief Sustainability and Risk Governance Officer
Massimo Cialone // Hankook Tire Europe
Chief Specialist, Product Development Team
Hankook Tire Europe

Massimo Cialone is material and compounding chief specialist at Hankook Tire’s European Technical Center in Hanover, Germany. Massimo has been active in the tyre industry for over 24 years working in different roles in R&D for international companies and gaining expertise in raw materials and compounding. He joined Hankook in 2015 and is a Hankook delegate at the European Tire and Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) in the chemical TF for EU legislation. He studied chemical engineering with a focus on organic materials at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he graduated summa cum laude as Master of Science in 1994.


Fazilet Cinaralp // European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA)
Secretary General
European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA)

Mrs. Cinaralp joined the Rubber Industry in 1991 where she exercised several functions towards the European Institutions, mainly leading environmental projects. Between 1997-2006, she served as Secretary General of the European Rubber Industry Association –BLIC. Since 2006, Mrs. Cinaralp is leading the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association-ETRMA. Fazilet Cinaralp has an extensive experience in environmental and sustainability issues. ETRMA has thoroughly proved itself to be a very effective organisation, and will continue playing a great supportive role as the European Tyre Industry continues its dynamic growth.

She is/was member of several Advisory/Expert Groups of the European Commission: GEAR2030, EIP on Raw Materials High Level Group; Raw Materials Supply Group; Roadworthiness Committee; Founding member of European Industry coalitions, among which Industry4Europe, CheMi Platform and the European TRWP Platform. She is also appointed Advisor to the EU with the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG).


Tim Clayfield // Tyre Recycling Solutions
Head of Product and Application Development
Tyre Recycling Solutions

Dr Tim Clayfield joined Tyre Recycling Solutions in 2018 to set up a lab to develop applications for recycled tyre rubber. He is passionate about the need for sustainability and the need to ensure circularity of materials use.
Previously he was European Technical Service Manager for Elastomers at Resinex. From 2005-2016 he was Global Product and Application Technology Leader at Dow Chemical in Switzerland, responsible for developing new products and applications for EPDM. From 1996 to 2005 he was at DuPont Dow Elastomers in Geneva, at first as a technical service engineer, and then as business development manager, for polyolefin elastomers in a variety of applications. He joined Dow in 1989 in Germany in Tyrin chlorinated polyethlene, after his BSc and PhD in Polymer Science and Technology at the University of Manchester.
When not working, you are most likely to find him out on his bike or on his kayak.

Christophe de Valroger // Bridgestone
Vice President, Product and Solutions Strategy
Wilma Dierkes // University of Twente
Associate Professor Sustainable Elastomer Systems (SES)
University of Twente
Arancha Guisuraga // ExxonMobil Chemical
Global Market Development Manager, Specialty Elastomer and Butyl Business
ExxonMobil Chemical

Aranzazu Guisuraga received a Chemical Engineering degree from Ovie-do University, Spain before starting her PhD at Abo University, Finland. She joined the Regulatory Affairs group of the Albemarle Corporation, Belgium in 1999 and then moved back to Spain, working at the Quality Department of Repsol at their General Quimica Plant.

Guisuraga started her career with ExxonMobil in 2001, working with the Santoprene™ TPV brand as a customer support engineer based in Brussels. At the same time, she completed a Masters in Business Administration. She then transitioned to a Market Developer role in 2003 with responsibility for product and applications development in the medical and industrial sectors.

In 2006, she was appointed Market Developer for Vistamaxx™ performance polymers evaluating new business opportunities in the hygiene and compounding sectors.

Three years later she was transferred to the planning department of the Butyl business, with responsibility for the analysis and forecasting of global tire demand. In 2013, she was appointed the Product Manager for the Butyl plants in EMEAF. Guisuraga joined the Market Development group in mid-2016 and is responsible for tire market development in Europe, while also leading the development of the global pharmaceutical market for butyl elastomers. Her primary role is to advance and grow the Butyl business in EMEAF by sharing her considerable knowledge and expertise with the steadily growing ExxonMobil team that is supporting butyl growth throughout the region.  

Burak Ilgun // Kordsa Global
Market Development Manager
Kordsa Global

Burak Ilgun is market development manager at Kordsa in İzmit, Turkey. He is focusing on new product deployment to tire industry with global experience since 2008. He has MS chemical engineer degree from Istanbul Technical University; MA brand management degree from Sabanci University.  

Jens Kiesewetter // Evonik
Director, Applied Technology, Tire and Rubber

Organic Chemist, Ph.D. from University of Bielefeld, Title: “New Silanes: Development, synthesis and applications” in 1996, started his career at Mehler, a company producing textile reinforcements for the rubber industry as a developer, 5 years’ experience as plant manager, then 7 years as global director for R&D before he joined Evonik as head of Applied Technology Tire & Rubber in 2014. Special interest in rubber reinforcement, new methods, rheology, fatigue.

Thomas Kramer // Continental Reifen Deutschland
Head of Expertfield Reinforcements & Skim Compounds
Continental Reifen Deutschland

Thomas Kramer studied chemistry at the University Paderborn and Waterloo, Canada. He holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry, which he finished in 2005. Since then he is an employee of Continental Tires in Hannover. He worked in various fields within the material development for tires. Mr. Kramer currently holds a position as an Expert for reinforcements and skim compounds. 

Commercial Manager, HNBR Division
Zeon Chemicals
Julian Oram // Mighty Earth
Mighty Earth

Dr Julian Oram is Senior Advisor at Mighty Earth, a global campaign organisation that works to protect the environment. Previous positions include Head of the Land Team at Global Witness, where he led the organisation's pioneering work on rubber in the Mekong region, and senior political Advisor on Sustainable Agriculture at Greenpeace International. Julian also served as Policy and Campaigns Director at the World Development Movement (now called Global Justice Now), and as Head of the Right to Food team at ActionAid UK, as well as leading ActionAid International’s work on business and human rights. Julian holds a BA in Geography with International Development Studies from the University of Sussex and a Masters degree in Environmental Policy from Imperial College, University of London, as well as a PhD from University College, Cork.

Head of Publishing Reports and Consultancy
Smithers Information
Auto & Tire Industry Manager, EMEA
Tire Recycling Magazine
Thomas Sewald // Continental AG
Head of Corporate Environment
Continental AG

Thomas Seward is head of corporate environment for Continental AG. His responsibilities include corporate environmental strategy, environmental performance and continuous improvement, and coordination of soil and groundwater remediation. He is also the CEO representative for Continental in the Tire Industry Project. Previously, Thomas was head of Continental’s Environment Industry Group. He has a degree as safety engineer from the University of Wuppertal.

David Shaw // Tire Industry Research
Chief Executive
Tire Industry Research

David Shaw is the owner and Chief Executive at a small company called Tire Industry Research (TIRes). He has 30 years' experience of the global tire industry.

TIRes publishes a weekly newsletter on the tire industry in China as well as monthly reports on the global tire industry. These are regarded as some of the most influential publications in the tire industry and are essential sources of information and insight for many stakeholders.

His customers include tire makers, tire wholesalers, and suppliers to the tire industry as well as financial institutions, other consultants, and government departments and industry associations.

He regularly advises chief executives and corporate strategists on the future development of the global tire industry

David regularly presents at conferences and tire industry events in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Tim van der Rijken // BIPAVER
Secretary General

Tim van der Rijken, Phd. is Secretary General of BIPAVER, which represents the interests of the European independent retread industry. He holds this position for two years. Tim is also Secretary General of the Dutch tyre and wheel industry association VACO, since 2015. He has a background in association management and strategy consulting.

Martin von Wolfersdorff // Wolfersdorff Consulting Berlin
Wolfersdorff Consulting Berlin

Martin von Wolfersdorff is a business scout, growth hacker and tire recycling evangelist. He is principal advisor at Wolfersdorff Consulting and currently works on tire devulcanisation and tire pyrolysis, a small but growing industry where he has 20 clients and contacts to more than 300 companies globally. His specialty is product and market development for recovered carbon blacks. 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 (Venator). Martin holds a Dipl. Ing. (Univ.) degree in chemical engineering from the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

Jari-Pekka Ylipaino // Cimcorp OY
Solution Manager
Cimcorp OY

Jari-Pekka Ylipaino, Solution Manager, began his career with Cimcorp in 1985 and has served in several engineering and managerial positions. In 2017 he was appointed to oversee the Dream Factory solution that optimizes material and data flow in tire factories.

Ylipaino joined the company as a mechanical engineer straight from Tampere University of Technology, where he gained a Master’s degree in Engineering (M.Sc.), Machine Design. Prior to taking his current position, he worked as a project manager, successfully managing multiple tire plant projects around the world.

With his long and successful career at Cimcorp and in-depth technical knowledge of automated material handling systems, Ylipaino’s insight and industry expertise is invaluable in solving tire manufacturers’ material flow challenges.