Tomasz Czarnecki

I graduated in 2002 from the Technical University of Czestochowa, Poland, in Materials Engineering. From 2003 to 2006 I was a researcher at the Composites Materials Group at the K.U. Leuven in Belgium, with the focus on lightweight sandwich structures and natural fibre composites. I was a member of the development team of the “first composite suitcase” launched by Samsonite in 2005 - Cosmolite. In 2006 I joined EconCore where initially I took responsibilities for Materials and Applications Development. Through my carrier I was developing lightweight material solutions for the packaging, automotive, transportation and B&C applications, most often working with leaders of the different market segments. My projects include installation of the honeycomb sandwich panel production technology at TATA STEEL, RENOLIT and others and guiding the companies on processing aspects but also on optimisation of sandwich and composite design with regard to a specific application. I had an active role in starting up of EconCore’s daughter company ThermHex Waben GmbH, being today a leading manufacturer of PP honeycomb cores for the composites industry. In 2011 Iz became Technology Manager at EconCore and joined the management team. Today I am combining technical and commercial roles at the company and I am leading EconCore’s licensing activities which include the in-house technology development as well as the key customers’ applications and materials development and optimisation projects.