Our Expert's Voice

Thomas Hützen, Head of Design Service and Key Account Engineer

I started with my career at ASK in 2012 as an Applications Engineer. Now I am the Head of Design Services and a Key Account Technician. That means I lead Design Services at ASK, and deliver technical advice and support to key accounts and other customers. In Design Services we supervise the production process from the development of a casting through validation to the building of a prototype and serial production. We have the necessary combination of construction, production and simulation know-how for this process. Precisely these exciting and diverse tasks, and the varied future prospects make the work at ASK so rewarding. Communication on equal terms and working together with very good colleagues are aspects that I particularly value.

Berat Yavuz, Business Line Manager Metallurgy EMEA

I started as a salesman for metallurgical products at ASK in January 2015 because I was looking for a company that was globally active in the area of metallurgy, where I would have opportunities to advance my career long-term. Despite my background in Business Administration, I had quite a few skills in the area of metallurgy, which is why I found the industry so interesting. In October 2016, I transferred to the Business Line Management for the European region (EMEA). Since then I support the European sales team commercially, develop product strategies, implement marketing strategies and fulfill a number of cross-functional tasks. The great thing about ASK in addition to these diverse assignments, is the cooperative working climate amongst colleagues, the flat hierarchies and consequently high level of responsibility that results. It is very exciting to see how ASK is continuously growing from a mid-size company to a globally-aligned corporation.

Christian Appelt, Global Incubator Business Manager Inorganics

After finishing my doctorate in Chemistry at the Westfaelische Wilhelms University in Muenster, I started working at ASK Chemicals GmbH in 2014 as Head of the Laboratory for the product line Inorganic Binders in the Research & Development (R&D) department.

I was particularly fascinated by the chance to participate in the complete process of making chemical products from development to end use, as well as the opportunity to influence questions of ecological footprint, quality and productivity in large-scale, industrial casting applications by way of chemical product formulations. Interdisciplinary inquiries and the cooperative work with subject matter experts from the areas of engineering and materials science present me with a daily challenge, that I and my colleagues from the R&D, production, application technology and the sales teams, aspire to master with passion, courage and enthusiasm. Since 2016, I am globally responsible for the product group Inorganics, as the Global Incubator Business Manager. This has enriched my daily worklife additionally with international travel and intercultural encounters. Further to supporting existing market segments, I also help develop new areas of application, as part of the business development department – shifting challenges and tasks are consequently part of the daily agenda. To accomplish this, I can depend on the support and experience of my colleagues at ASK.

Jitka Fialova, Master Data Management

I started working for ASK in June 2007 as a Management Assistant in Customer Service for East Europe. During the years, I have gained many experiences and responsibilities – e.g. Controlling, Marketing, Finance etc. The plant in Brno is quite small; therefore, I had a variety of duties in my local position, which I found very interesting. Every day was different. I learned a lot, and enjoyed this work. Since September 2019, after more than 12 years, I joined the Master Data Management team of ASK in Germany. It is a global role, and it is very different from my last position. Now, I specialize in one area. I still stay in the office in Brno, but I work for the headquarters company. I am very pleased that ASK allowed gave me the chance to make this change and expand my knowledge.

Adam Omelanski, Managing Director of ASK Chemicals Polska

I graduated from the University of Science and Technology, Foundry department in June 2004. Three months later I joined ASK Chemicals.

First, I started as a Sales Engineer and after 3 years, I became a Manager for Applictaion Technology. Since September 2018 I am the Managing Director of ASK Chemicals Polska. Apart from the fact that I manage our branch in Poland, I am also responsible for price negotiations, and contact with our key customers in Poland and our agent in Ukraine. Thanks to my experienced colleagues from ASK, I understood that a good product would defend itself. I followed this path and determined that price negotiations become easier when you can prove that a more expensive product can has benefits. I really enjoy working at ASK because my work is very diverse. I am in contact and work with many different people. I am a problem-solver and it is a great feeling to see that our clients appreciate our work, and that we contribute to their success. The management part of my job is challenging, and allows me to be creative in making rational, key decisions. 

Ronaldo Rodrigues, Junior Technical Product Manager Coatings

Since August 2017, I have been working in the Application Technology Department of ASK Chemicals in Hilden. At the same time, I am studying for a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.) with focus on foundry technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, which I will complete soon. To be able to combine my theoretical knowledge directly with practical experience, I am currently writing my master's thesis at ASK Chemicals in cooperation with one of our largest customers. Besides the master thesis, my main task is to support the test foundry (pilot plant) and to accompany numerous development projects for the product areas cold box, inorganic binders, coatings, additives and inoculants. The fact that as a working student I am directly involved in the daily routine of the pilot plant and the variety of challenging and divers tasks make the work at ASK Chemicals so interesting. From day one you feel like part of a family at ASK Chemicals because all colleagues share the same enthusiasm for the foundry industry. Working on projects that not only offer benefits for our customers, but also added value for the environment through the development of sustainable products, fascinates and motivates me the most.

I am very pleased that ASK Chemicals offers me the opportunity for professional development. After my master's degree, I will start as Junior Technical Product Manager at ASK Chemicals. I'm really looking forward to this exciting task!

Ronja Resch, Chemical Laboratory Assistance

Three weeks of school internship led me for the first time to ASK Chemicals GmbH. After this time, the decision was made that I wanted to work in the chemical industry. In 2008, I started my apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant at the plant in Wülfrath. After successfully completing my qualification, I had the choice of moving to Hilden or staying in Wülfrath. I decided to move to Hilden, because there I gained new insights into the foundry world. Together with the Inotec team, I advance the development of environmentally friendly products. I really enjoy the research and to this day I have not run out of ideas.