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Coming from a family of cigar makers, industrial entrepreneurship has stolen my heart at young age. Master degrees in both mechanical engineering and business administration have created a solid basis for my professional career and multiple ventures. My experience ranges from strategy development & implementation, industrial marketing & sales, global (out)sourcing, open innovation and internationalisation in the automotive and (high tech) manufacturing industry. I’m a serial entrepreneur and excel in out-of-the-box thinking, opportunity scouting, business modelling and execution with a signature consisting of pragmatism, enthusiasm, perseverance and cost-consciousness.
In 2012 I founded, together with Jonas Wintermans, Additive Industries, a high tech start-up company industrialising 3D printing for functional parts in various metals. The ambition of Additive Industries is to bring additive manufacturing and 3D printing from lab to fab and allow the high tech manufacturing industry to capitalise on the opportunities additive manufacturing has to offer in creating lighter, compact, integrated, more complex products & parts with better thermal performance/ characteristics. In the evening hours, I’m also a board member and initiator of NextOEM, an accelerator program for young high tech companies.
Specialties: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Subcontracting, Purchasing Market Research & Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Excellence, Open Innovation, Marketing & Sales, Outsourcing, Strategy Development & Deployment.
AWC Daan Kersten
Daan Kersten on Democratizing Manufacturing
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