AMSilk has appointed Ulrich Scherbel as its new COO, from October 2020. In the newly created position, he will support the expansion of the company’s value chain from the production of the fibers to distribution to international brands. AMSilk is the world’s first industrial supplier of vegan silk biopolymers and has its headquarters in Germany.
Scherbel has more than 25 years of expertise in innovative textiles. After his studies of textile chemistry and finishing, he worked in various functions in business development, production and sales in the textile industry, for Freudenberg Performance Materials as general manager global apparel division. Freudenberg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality technical fabrics for a wide range of markets and applications such as automotive, construction, clothing, energy, filter media, healthcare, interior design, shoes, and leather goods, and special applications, according to a media statement by AMSilk.
“AMSilk’s innovative and world-leading biotechnological production method, from plant-based raw materials, creates fascinating silk biopolymers, which not only have unique properties, but are also biodegradable and recyclable. The implementation of the company’s growth goals regarding the production of silk biopolymers on an industrial scale enables our customers for the first time to make broad use of sustainable silk biopolymers instead of conventional, often unsustainable materials. This is an extremely exciting task for me,” Scherbel said.
“We are very pleased to have Scherbel on board as COO. With his many years of experience in the field of innovative textiles, he will drive the large scale production of our high-quality performance products even further. He is a great enhancer for our sales expansion strategy over the coming years,” Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk said.
“AMSilk is now on the move to large scale production for global customers and we have found an excellent addition to the management board. Scherbel will use his expertise and experience to help shape the processes and will drive the development and optimisation of the value chain from production to the customer,” the chairman of the board, Wolfgang Colberg said.
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