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Rubber Technologists Network (RTN) awarded Dr. Gerard Nijman with “Europe Rubber Technologist 2016”  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Heidelberg, Germany - At the 1st edition of “Europe Rubber Industry Forum 2016” during 22-23 June 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany, Rubber Technologists Network (RTN) presented “Europe Rubber Technologist 2016” to Dr. Gerard Nijman for excellent contribution in rubber technology in terms of industrial research, education and training younger generation. This award presented by eminent rubber technologists, Prof. Robert Schuster and Dr. Hans-Joachim Graf. Europe Rubber Industry Forum 2016 was organized by TechnoBiz Europe. Dr. Gerard Nijman was born in NL-Zutphen on December 3rd, 1958. He did his PhD project on the Origin of Molecular Orientation in Injection Moulded Products at the University Twente in NL-Enschede. From 1987 he started in the Technology Section of Vredestein Banden BV in NL-Enschede and after a view years he became Head of the Technology Section. From 2003 he was in charge of the concept development and industrialization of the system "Active Front Spoiler" which was developed exclusively for Porsche's 911 turbo. The active frontspoiler is a system, based on a rubber molded article, which deploys to its performing position depending on the speed of the car. After introduction of the spoiler to the market he went back to the technology section of Apollo Tyres, the company which took over Vredestein in 2009. From July 1st, 2016 he is holding the position of Head of Extrusion Technology at Harburg Freudenberger in Hamburg, Germany. Gerard has published several articles and book chapters on rubber mixing and processing and holds more than 20 patents. He gives lectures on universities, courses and presentations on several aspects of rubber mixing, rheology and processing at the DIK (German Rubber Institute) in D-Hannover and at rubber conferences and exhibitions, organized by Technobiz, in various locations of the world.


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