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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann


Christian Hopmann, born 1968, studied Mechanical Engineering with particular focus on Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Following his diploma 1996, he received his Dr.-Ing. degree with a study on Ceramic Injection Molding supervised by Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Walter Michaeli in 2000. He was research fellow at the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen IKV, Aachen, Germany, 1996 to 1999 and head of its Department of Part Design/Material Technology in 2000. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chief Engineer and Senior Vice Director of the IKV. In 2005 Hopmann started his industrial career at RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke (today: RKW SE), Europe’s leading manufacturer of high quality polyethylene and polypropylene films, nonwovens and nets, being head of the Quality Management at RKW’s site in Petersaurach, South Germany. From 2006 to end of 2009 he was Head of Extrusion and thus responsible for the production of polyolefin films for hygiene, consumer packaging and industrial applications. During this period he improved his management skills by attending the Program for Executive Development at the International Institute for Management Development IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 01.01.2010 he is Managing Director of RKW Sweden AB in Helsingborg/Sweden. Since 01.04.2012 Hopmann is Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University and Managing Director of the IKV Association of Sponsors. He also holds the Chair of Plastics Processing at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

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