Dr. Thorsten Stoltenhoff has been head of research and development at TLS Germany GmbH in Langenfeld since the beginning of 2015. Born in Hamm, he moved to Hamburg to study mechanical engineering before getting involved in the world of coating in the Rhineland. „I’m fascinated by the multifaceted work of coatings. You get in contact with virtually every possible type of industry and get to know very different technical applications – from a washer to rolls weighing tons. explains Dr. Stoltenhoff enthusiastically.
At Terolab Surface GmbH, he is setting up a new development department. Simultaneously, he is in touch with several universities, supporting a number of different sponsored projects. Among the key aspects of his appointment is the cooperation with various committees – be it the leading national Organization for the Advancement of Applied Research and Development in Medium-sized Companies (AiF), the Association of Thermal Sprayers or the network of the German Association for Welding and Related Processes.
In Langenfeld, he started the „Initiative Operational Excellence”. The essential issues are continuous improvement and interaction of quality management, lean management, process and project management, team work, communication and motivation. This model has to be put into practice, meaning it is about discipline for everyone involved – no matter if superior or employee. It is these changes that are necessary to guarantee customers a high level of delivery reliability and quality.”
It is this expert of customers as well as employees that characterizes Dr. Thorsten Stoltenhoff.