Hans Joachim Konz, PhD, Executive Board Member of Schott AG, is President of glasstec 2016.

He succeeds Martin Gregor Gutmann, Guild Master of the German Glazing Trade.

The glasstec presidency alternates at two-year intervals between the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry (BV Glas), of which Konz is also President, and the Federal Association of the German Glazing Trade (BIV).

The two organisations are sponsors of glasstec, together with the German Machinery & Plant Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA).

Hans-Joachim Konz graduated in mechanical engineering at Aachen University (RWTH) in 1985, after specialising in production engineering.

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 a 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.

Konz is also a board member and member of the Committee for Research and Technology Policy of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), and is 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 premieres.

“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,” says Konz.

glasstec 2016 will be held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 September 2016.