Uwe Wascher, one of the co-founders of Polyscope (Geleen, The Netherlands), was honored Oct. 21 by the Society of Plastics Engineers' European Automotive Division with its lifetime achievement award. The award was formally presented to Wascher by SPE representatives at the Polyscope stand at the K 2013, held in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The SPE Automotive Division Central Europe is dedicated to educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of new automotive plastics and plastic-based composites developments in the transportation industry. In addition to providing members with the latest information on technical developments in automotive plastics, the organization recognizes individuals and companies for innovative new uses of plastics in the automotive industry.
In a statement, SPE Central Europe said it had decided to grant this prestigious award to Wascher in celebration of the 15th SPE Automotive Award Night: “SPE Central Europe honors Uwe Wascher as an innovator for using thermoplastics in automotive.”
In a statement, SPE highlighted Mr. Wascher’s contributions to the industry, highlighting particuarly those made during his long tenure at Pittsfield, Mass.-based GE Plastics (now SABIC Innovative Plastics): “Mr. Wascher introduced new plastic applications for vehicle construction. In doing so, he has exerted a global influence on development of polymer processing and plastics applications throughout the automotive industry. Together with his team at GE Plastics, he quickly realized the many opportunities for plastics in vehicle construction. He added to introduction of the first injected molded dashboard as a pebbled, visible part in [The Volkswagen] Golf I, followed by further milestones, such as the first thermoplastic bumper worldwide, the retractable doors and body exterior parts for the BMW Z1, not forgetting the full plastic body shell for the first Smart generation.”
An SPE spokesperson added, “In addition to many other inventions and patents, Uwe Wascher also introduced twin-wall sheet, which today is a multibillion dollar business. And in his current business ventures, he continues to make an impact by, amongst others, the introduction of styrene thermoplastic with excellent features.”
On receiving news of the award, Uwe Wascher said, “It is a great honor to receive this award. All the more so, because I value the activities of the SPE Automotive Division and fully underwrite their mission and objectives. There are many exciting developments and achievements in polymers, and I am proud of the achievements of all of my teams. To be successful, you need knowledge, but also the drive, perseverance and you must want to compete. I love to compete.” He added, “Of course this is an automotive award. But there is so much in plastics. In the past we had the plastics house in the U.S. with lots of innovation. I am convinced that fresh thinking remains absolutely necessary.”
Speaking of his experience in the industry, Wascher noted: “Innovation is based on superior material performance and commercial success is achieved through material science. I believe that my major achievement is converting an application by changing the material. I will continue to be intimately involved in the plastics industry as a stakeholder and chairman of Polyscope, a successful start-up that has already received several recognitions and rewards.”
Speaking about Polyscope, Wascher said, “I strongly believe that there are still many boundaries to cross and many innovations to come for plastics in automotive. Through Polyscope, we have been able to expand the product-basket available to the industry by enhancing the performance of key materials used in cars. It is exciting to be part of the way forward.”
Uwe Wascher was born in Braunschweig, Germany and holds a BS in chemical engineering and plastics technology from the Plastics Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. He has MS in polymer science equivalence degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and owns several patents.
Wascher had a longstanding career with General Electric (GE) both in Europe and the U.S. In his last position he was senior managing director of GE Plastics in Europe, responsible for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. In that position, he also chaired GE’s Corporate Executive Council for Europe and was the initiator of key European initiatives in GE, such as the implications of the introduction of the euro and the European Works Council legislation. Uwe was a vice-president of GE for 16 years.
Today, Wascher specializes in mergers and acquisitions consultancy and start-up advice in the areas of specialty chemicals, plastics, medical and logistics. Through his company, Wascher and Partner (Kapellen, Belgium), founded in 2000, Wascher also has invested in start-up companies in Israel, The Netherlands, Sweden, and China, engaged in biopharmaceuticals, software, logistic systems and polymers. He resides on the board of all the companies and advises on strategy and implementation.
Polyscope is a global compnay engaged in research, product development, production and supply of styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymers, compounds, aqueous solutions and styrene, maleic anhydride and N-phenylmaleimide (SMANPMI) terpolymers. Polyscope offers a full spectrum of styrene maleic anhydride copolymers and compounds for engineering plastic and specialty chemical applications under the registered trademark XIRAN. The XIRAN resins have a very broad molar mass range and a broad maleic anhydride variation. For engineering plastics the SMA/ABS based compounds have varying impact modification levels and glass fiber content. For specialty chemical applications, Polyscope offers low molecular weight XIRAN base resins and solutions that are chemically modified to meet customer needs.
A global customer base is supported from corporate headquarters and production in Geleen, The Netherlands, and with local compounding and contact manufacturing facilities, as well as sales-and-marketing support in Europe, North America, and Asia.
For more informaiton about Polyscope, vist it's Web site: www.polyscope.eu.