We say Goodbye

Sadly enough as time goes on, saying our last goodbyes to friends, colleagues and companions becomes inevitable. In this space on our website, we would again like to honour and remember those who accompanied us professionally or also privately, but who bade farewell much too soon.
 

 

November 2023

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

    Dr. Richard Schmid

Dr Richard Schmid left us on 3 November 2023 after several months of illness. During his career as CTO at Sulzer Metco, now Oerlikon Metco, Richard Schmid led the company to a leading position in the field of coating technology. As the contact person for the Oerlikon Metco
member companies in the GTS, he supported our association for many years.
Dr Richard Schmid died at the age of 61.

We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

November 2023

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

    Dr. Steffen Marx

As a long-standing project manager and later product manager at GTS member AMG TITANIUM / GfE Fremat GmbH, Dr Steffen Marx had long been associated with surface technology and was valued by GTS members as an expert.
He passed away on 25 April 2023 at the age of just 57.

We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

March 2023

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     Stefan Kill

After fighting a long-term illness, Stefan Kill sadly left us on 24 February 2023. GTS members and the global thermal spray sector knew Stefan Kill as the long-standing managing director of GTV Verschleißschutz GmbH and valued him as an expert in the field of this surface technology.
Stefan Kill was only 59 years of age. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and all his relatives and friends.

We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

February 2023

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     Dr.-Ing. Oliver Brandt

Much too early, at the age of only 60, our long-standing member Dr.-Ing. Oliver Brandt left us on 21 December 2022. With his company Becon Technologies GmbH based in Thun, Switzerland, he had been a member of GTS since 1999.
Oliver Brandt was valued as a consultant in the field of thermal spraying for his extraordinary expertise and leaves a big gap there as well as with his family and friends.

We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

April 2022

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     Rolf Menzen

who passed away on 1 March 2022. Rolf Menzen was a partner and managing director of IBEDA, the company with which he joined GTS in 2005.
We will always have fond memories of him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

September 2021

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     S. C. Modi

Mr S. C. Modi was the managing director of Metallizing Equipment Company in India, which became a member of GTS in 2012. Mr Modi was actively involved in thermal spray technology for almost 50 years and was regarded by his colleagues as a pioneer of thermal spraying in India. S. C. Modi passed away on 28 May 2021. We express our sincere condolences to his family and will continue to hold him in very high esteem.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

September 2021

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     Dr Gerd Kraume

For many years, Dr Gerd Kraume was the general manager of the German Welding Society (DVS) in the field of education and technology as well as the chairman of the Committee for Technology (AfT).

Dr Gerd Kraume passed away on 21 April 2021. We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

April 2021

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

     Knut W. Weber

Knut W. Weber belonged to the GTS founding committee which laid the foundations for our association in 1991. He, along with his company LWK-PlasmaCeramic GmbH in Wiehl, was also a GTS founding member in 1992 and our contact person for many years to come.

On 6 January 2021, Knut W. Weber left us forever. We extend our sincere thanks to him for his services to GTS and will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

September 2019

TrauerWe mourn the loss of

    Klaus-Ulrich Werner

Klaus Ulrich Werner was managing director of CERAM GMBH Ingenieurkeramik, with which he joined GTS in 1998 and was our contact for almost 20 years.

Klaus Ulrich Werner passed away on 4 September 2019. We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

August 2018

TrauerWe are very sad at the loss of

     Hanspeter Isch-Wyss

Hanspeter Isch-Wyss passed away on 8 August 2018.

Hanspeter Isch-Wyss was active in the field of thermal spraying for many years, most recently at GTS member shotec® gmbh.

We will always remember him.

The GTS Executive Board and Head Office of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

May 2018

TrauerWe take leave of

     Dr. Hartwig Reimann

On 29 May 2018, Hartwig Reimann passed away at the age of 74 after severe illness.

For 14 years, he was our president, and he was a founding member and patron of GTS e.V. As one of the pioneers of high velocity oxy-fuel flame spraying, Hartwig Reimann was also actively involved in the first HVOF Colloquium

With the death of Dr Hartwig Reimann, we have lost a respected colleague who was known for his astuteness and forthrightness. He could also be critical and awkward when he came across mistakes, but was always ready to help and give advice, too.

We will always remember him well.

Werner Krömmer,
the Executive Board and Head Office of GTS

 

October 2017

TrauerWe are deeply saddened by the loss of

     Peter Heinrich

After a long period of illness, yet nevertheless unexpected, Peter Heinrich passed away
on 25 October 2017.

Most of you will have known him as a passionate supporter of thermal spraying, as a founding member of our association and longstanding member of its Executive Board - as the “driving force” behind GTS. For many of you who were also good friends with Peter Heinrich, his passing away is a very sad and personal loss.

On behalf of the Executive Board, Advisory Board and members of GTS, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Peter’s family, especially to his wife Angelika Heinrich, whom many of you know from our GTS events.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

April 2017

TrauerWe are very sad at the loss of

     Hubert Drzeniek

We sadly say farewell to one of our thermal spray pioneers who made it his goal to bring
the Polish thermal spray scene and GTS together.

Dr Hubert Drzeniek, CEO of Amil Werkstoffechnologie GmbH in Berlin, passed away on April 2017.
We will continue his work and remember him with the greatest respect.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

Juni 2016

TrauerWe are very sad at the loss of

     Erich Abler

Erich Abler joined GTS in 1993, shortly after it was founded, and remained a member
of the association over all this time. We have lost a highly respected thermal spray expert
and a dear friend.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

Juni 2015

TrauerWe are very sad at the loss of 

     Bernard (Ben) J.H. Drost

Bernard Drost passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness only a few days after his
80th birthday on the 27th of June 2015.

Bernard was General Manager for Metco Nederland and Metco Belgium and became
European Marketing Manager for Perkin Elmer Metco (PEM) in Hattersheim in 1985.
He was the last President of PEM (Europe) before it was taken over by Sulzer.

He was a true gentleman, upright, and a fine colleague and boss.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

Dezember 2014

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Harald Seethaler

For many years, Harald Seethaler was active in the fi eld of thermal spraying at Voith Paper
Rolls GmbH & Co.KG in Laakirchen, Austria. He passed away in December 2014.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

September 2014

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Werner Dien

Werner Dien was awarded the GTS Ring of Honour for his untiring commitment to the compilation and revision of thermal spray standards. He passed away in September 2014.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.


The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

Juni 2014

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Cornelis (Cees) de Visser

Cees de Visser, owner and director of our Dutch member company Metalas Machinefabriek BV. in Vlaardingen, died in June 2014 after a long and severe illness.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.


The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

August 2014p>

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach
    
Prof Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach passed away in August 2014. He was Head of the Institute of
Materials Science at the Leibniz University in Hannover for many years and a highly
respected researcher in the fi eld of materials engineering.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

July 2014p>

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Willibald Rittel

After a short and serious illness, Willibald Rittel, our GTS companion, friend and supporter, passed away unexpectedly on 14 July 2014. Willibald Rittel, together with his company
RS Rittel GmbH in Gladbeck, was a loyal member of our association since 1993 and thus
one of the pioneers who helped to establish GTS.

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family. Our thoughts are with you in
this difficult time. We will always remember Willibald Rittel for his open-mindedness
and positive attitude to life.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim

 

April 2014

Trauer
Prof. Joachim Heberlein

After bravely enduring his serious illness, Prof Joachim Heberlein passed away on
17 February 2014. With his outstanding technical expertise, his friendly and open
manner and his great willingness to help, Prof Heberlein was, for many, many years,
an excellent academic teacher and an internationally respected researcher in the field
of plasma and arc spraying. He was a driving force behind the joint activities of the
European and American thermal spray community. With his passing, GTS and
thermal spray technology have lost one of their most distinguished scholars.

Prof Klaus Landes, Peter Heinrich
and the GTS Executive Board and Head Office,
Unterschleissheim

 

April 2014

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Richard Moore

Richard Moore died unexpectedly on 20 June 2013. A longterm staff member of
United Surface Technologies (UST) in Australia, Richard Moore was very active
on the international thermal spray market for many years and a regular speaker
at ITSA and ITSC events.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.
GTS Head Office, Unterschleissheim

 

April 2014

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Dr. Werner Mannsmann

After a long and severe illness, Dr Werner Mannsmann passed away on 19 December 2013. Werner Mannsmann was Head of Development of Hot Gas Parts at ALSTOM Deutschland AG
in Mannheim and was in charge of thermal spraying for power plant technology.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.
GTS Head Office, Unterschleissheim

 

September 2013

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Siem Verboon

On 28 June 2012, Siem Verboon passed away after a long period of illness. Siem Verboon
was a member of the Dutch Association for Thermal Spray Technology VTS for more than
40 years, nearly 30 of which as an extremely dedicated and reliable treasurer.
Siem Verboon was also a member of the Association of Thermal Sprayers since VTS
members joined GTS in 2008.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.
GTS Head Office, Unterschleissheim

 

September 2013

TrauerWith great sadness we mourn the passing of

     Helmut Strauss

After a long and severe illness, Helmut Strauss died on 5 June 2012. Up until a few months
ago, he had still actively worked at Mogul Metallizing GmbH and Interweld Austria GmbH,
and due to his many years of experience and his profound knowledge of thermal spraying
and PTA welding was esteemed as a grey eminence. His many experiences with specialized
thermal spray applications have been lost with his passing away.

We will always hold him in high regard and honour his memory.
GTS Head Office, Unterschleissheim

 

April 2012

Trauer 
Fritz Alps

On 29 October 2011, Dipl.-Ing. Fritz Alps passed away at the age of 67 after a period of
long illness. As the General Manager of Wilhelm Schmidt GmbH in Groß-Kienitz, and
a GTS member since 1993, Fritz Alps was a contact person and furtherer of our
Association of Thermal Sprayers, GTS e.V. for many, many years.

As the co-organizer and sponsor of the first golf tournament, the GTS Open, in 2000 and
subsequent tournaments as well, Fritz Alps greatly contributed to the success and
continuance of this very popular social highlight in the GTS family.

Fritz Alps, we will always treasure your memory.

GTS Head Office, Unterschleissheim, Germany

 

September 2011

Trauer
Gerard Barbezat

On 17 June 2011, Gerard Barbezat, retired materials engineer at Sulzer Metco, died at
the age of 67. Not only Switzerland has lost a thermal spray expert, who was widely
known across regional borders. More than 100 scientific publications, numerous patents
and countless technical presentations, mostly before an international audience, testify
to his enormous creativity and excellent reputation.

The news that Gerard Barbezat had passed away was a great shock for GTS members and
all those who knew him. Even when a situation became difficult for him, the values he
practised always helped him to stay on track. We say farewell to Gerard Barbezat, an
impressive personality, a man with multifaceted talents who had an extremely
comprehensive knowledge of materials, casting and thermal spraying.

We will always remember him.

Sulzer Metco Management AG, Wohlen (CH)
Head Office of GTS e.V. Unterschleissheim (D)

 

April 2011

Trauer 
So long Jochen,

I was devastated by the news of your death. With your passing, I have lost a good friend
whom I will always respect and look up to.

Your amiable and conciliatory, yet single-minded and convincing manner won you a lot
of true friends and enabled you to bring people together. If everyone on our planet behaved
and lived the way you did, there would only be peace on earth.

We will not only sorely miss your unique sensitivity and tactfulness in the way you interacted
with your fellow human beings, but also your technical expertise and your eagerness to
discover and pass on information. Your parting leaves behind a gaping hole in the thermal
spray scene.

Your GTS friends and I will always treasure your memory and the time we spent with you.

Jochen Rybak passed away on 26 November.

Peter Heinrich
Executive Member of the GTS Board

 

April 2011

We are very sad at the loss of
Trauer 
    Franz Zech

Franz Zech was the Head of SLV Munich (Branch of GSI mbH), a GTS partner and
certification authority for the GTS Certificate.

We will always hold him in our memories.

The Executive Board and Head Office
of GTS e.V., Unterschleissheim