Dr. Timo Huber, former Deputy Director of Department Polymer Engineering, Fraunhofer ICT, has officially joined ACTC (Advanced Composite Technology Center) as Vice President since January 1st, 2019.
Dr. Huber has been one of the key figures in the Polymer Engineering area during his term of service in Fraunhofer ICT that is well known as the benchmark in the international research field of material technology and process engineering. Dr. Huber first joined ICT in 2007 and as project leader, he headed the working group Injection Molding and Extrusion and subsequently the research group Thermoplastic Processing. His field of work includes advanced processing technologies for thermoplastic polymers and foamed structures in extrusion, injection and compression molding as well as thermoset and thermoplastic based composites in high volume processes (Long Fiber reinforced Thermoplastics LFT, Sheet Molding Compound SMC, High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding HP-RTM, Wet Compression Molding, Automated Tape Laying, Pultrusion, Thermoset Injection Molding).
In 2014, Mr. Huber received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and since 2015, Dr. Huber served as the Deputy Director of the Department Polymer Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT focusing on national and international collaborations with strategical research organizations and industrial partners. With around 130 employees, the department covers a wide range of research and development activities in the fields of polymer and composite technology from the initial idea and the concept development through to the manufacture of prototypes. Projects are related to every sector in which plastics are applied, including the automotive, packaging, toy and leisure industries. He also has been member of the steering committee of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research FPC@UNIST in Ulsan, Korea as well as the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research FPC@WESTERN, in London, Ontario, Canada.
Advanced Composite Technology Center, normally known as ACTC, is built by HRC, one of the most up-rising international composite whole solution providers and supported by Fraunhofer ICT as comprehensive technical partner. The organization is designed to be biggest in Asia, meanwhile the first open composite R&D center in China that’s aimed for automotive lightweighting. The targeted clients includes OEMs within and outside of Asia, tier one automotive parts suppliers, aerospace companies, rail transit and other industries, with focus of the research on thermosetting and thermoplastic area regarding different forming technologies and the application of continuous and discontinuous fibers. Located in Changshu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Jiangsu Province, ACTC is in full swing and will be put into operation since the third quarter of 2019.
One of the most important orientations of ACTC is to build a cluster of outstanding composite talents and enterprises in Asia and worldwide. Shortly before, another senior professional from automotive industry, Mr. Yi Guo, also joined ACTC as Deputy General Manager. With master degree in Polymer Materials of the University of Rouen, France, Mr. Guo is an expert with both solid technical background and abundant business conduct. He has held senior positions in R&D, project and quality management sectors in well-known automotive and tier one supplier companies such as Volvo, Faurecia, etc. The experience of automobile project development and new materials application has given him profound understanding of automotive lightweight. The joining of those two heavyweights has fully showed ACTC's great determination in becoming a world-class composite R&D platform. As well recognized experts in their respective fields, the two parallel-driven engines will work together to lead ACTC, a train ready for high-speed operation, into a fast track.