JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 11

resins

« I am convinced that composite
materials have a great future »

interview

At the beginning of this year, we interviewed Bert Bakker, the new
President of DSM Composite Resins, one of the world's leading
manufacturers of resins. We thank him for his time. The industry is
moving fast, thermoplastics are taking larger share, and taking care
of the environment is becoming more important. In this context,
we wanted to know a little bit more about the company's strategic
direction and its main lines of development.

Interview JEC with Bert Bakker
President
DSM Composite Resins

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you tell us
something about your career and your interest in composite materials?

Bert Bakker : Already early in my

career, I was involved in composites.
Since 2002-2006, I have been working as
Business Manager for DSM Composite
Resins in Schaffhausen. After this experience, I moved to DSM Coating Resins,
where I was responsible for our business
in powder, packaging and coil coatings.
At the end of 2013, I moved back to DSM
Composite Resins to work together again
with a lot of great "old" colleagues, now
bringing some new perspectives from
different industries. During my entire
career, I have been fascinated by technique and what science can do for society.
The impact of composite materials on our
daily lives is enormous and I am delighted
to play a role in this.
A lot has changed since I left in 2006.
After the European composites business
reached its peak in 2007, the financial
crisis in 2009 and the double dip in 2012/
2013 left their scars on the industry. Still
I am convinced that composite materials

have a great future as they contribute to
fulfilling some key demands from society:
these materials feature low weight, great
mechanical properties, and are known to
provide excellent durability.
However, in order for composites to
remain successful in the future, we do
need to take additional steps in improving competitiveness versus traditional
material systems and thermoplastics.
Increasing manufacturing quality and
consistency, improving the capability for
production in larger series, and addressing
environmental concerns require further
attention, besides managing the structural
problem of overcapacity. I am proud that
DSM has been leading the industry in
addressing all these important challenges.
JCM: After these first months as president
of the DSM Composite Resins business,
have you set yourself any specific objectives?

B.B. : Yes I have, let me explain... The
recent changes in economic climate have
put many of our customers in a difficult
situation. While they would have liked
to grow their business and develop new
markets, they were forced to focus on
their core business and keep close control

on cost. DSM has been highly supportive
and has continued to provide quality
products at competitive prices. We want
to be rightly positioned also in the future
to be able to sustain this role. This means
for us a further increase in productivity,
reduction of overhead costs and tailoring
our services to our customers' needs.
We want to be a preferred resin supplier
both for our customers' daily business
today and for their business in the future.
In the daily business, we bring them
peace-of-mind by providing high-quality
products and services, which means for
me: consistency, on time, every time. For
future business, we continue to create
new applications, bring added value
through smart innovations and develop
products that meet future demands.
It does not matter whether that is for
improving performance or for adapting to
changing legislation. The goal is that our
customers can continue to meet the needs
of OEMs and end customers around the
world. In the end, we can only flourish if
our customers are growing and remain
competitive.
Consequently, we have set very clear
objectives with regard to profitability,

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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015

Cover
Edito
Point of view: Raw materials
Contents
Companies & Business
In brief
Resins - lnterview
Agenda of Events
Applications
Aerospace
Defense
Sustainability
Market
Overview 2014
China - Interview
FEATURE CARBON
Carbon
Training
Investment - Interview
Simulation
CFRT
Nano
Equipment
Marine
Research & Development
Monitoring
LCM
Technology & Innovations
Manufacturing
Pultrusion
NDT
Matrix
Simulation
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Point of view: Raw materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 10
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Resins - lnterview
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 14
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Ad1
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Ad2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Aerospace
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 17
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Defense
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Sustainability
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Overview 2014
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - China - Interview
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Carbon
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Training
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Investment - Interview
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Simulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - CFRT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Nano
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Equipment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Marine
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Monitoring
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - LCM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Manufacturing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Pultrusion
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - NDT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Matrix
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Simulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 60
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