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September 2015

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Hans Joachim Konz, PhD, Executive Board Member of SCHOTT AG, is the new President of glasstec 2016, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products. The glasstec presidency alternates at two-year intervals between the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry (BV Glas), which Konz also heads as its President, and the Federal Association of the German Glazing Trade (BIV). The two organizations are conceptual sponsors of glasstec, together with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). glasstec will take place from September 20 – 23, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Hans-Joachim Konz is Head of SCHOTT AG, a leading international technology group which serves a wide range of markets, including household appliances, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optical, transport and architecture. Throughout its nearly 130 year history, the company has continually evolved and set milestones in the glass industry.

Hans-Joachim Konz graduated in mechanical engineering at Aachen University (RWTH) in 1985, after specializing in production engineering. Until his doctorate in 1989 he worked as a research assistant at RWTH. He started his career at MAHO AG where he eventually headed Materials Management and Logistics. After working for the mechanical engineering and construction company KHS Maschinenbau und Anlagenbau AG, he joined SCHOTT as Technical Manager of the Television Division until 1995. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Representative and Member of the SCHOTT Group Management. He has been on its Executive Board since 2008.

In addition to his functions in the SCHOTT Group and his presidency of BV Glas, he is a member of advisory councils at various universities and colleges, as well as a Board Member and Member of the Committee for Research and Technology Policy of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) and also a Member of BDI’s Energy and Climate Policy Committee.

“glasstec is the world’s leading trade fair for the glass industry and also the platform for innovations and their premières. This makes it an important stimulant for the industry. I am therefore particularly pleased to represent the entire glass industry as President of glasstec 2016,” stated Hans-Joachim Konz.

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