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DR.LOT TERMANN face to face with...


With safety a key issue within the powder and bulk solids industry, we spoke to Dr. Johannes Lottermann, Chief Business Development Officer at REMBE, about the latest developments


DR.-ING JOHANNES LOTTERMANN HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE STUDYING, RESEARCHING AND DEVELOPING AN ARRAY of new concepts and approaches to combustible dust explosion protection and is widely regarded as a one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. In addition to Johannes’ doctoral thesis, approaches to Integrated Fire and Explosion Safety, he has worked for the official bodies charged with certifying compliance with ATEX requirements in Europe and governmental regulatory bodies equivalent to OSHA, standards associations equivalent to NFPA, as well as conducting risk analyses in manufacturing facilities. As a Chief Business Development Officer, Explosion Safety, he spends most of his time on the road, visiting manufacturing facilities, evaluating their risks and recommending solutions to best protect them against the potentially catastrophic consequences of combustible dust explosions. Here, he talks exclusively to POWTECH WORLD Magazine about his early beginnings and the latest from the industry.


POWTECH WORLD MAGAZINE: Firstly, for anyone relatively new to POWTECH, remind us how you became involved in the industry and this area of speciality? DR. LOTTERMANN: The power of fire has always fascinated me. While still a “minor”, I became one of Germany´s youngest volunteer fire fighters which was the milestone


that turned my fascination into a passion. Thus, I knew quite early that I wanted to study Fire and Explosion Safety Engineering at Wuppertal University. This course did not need particularly good grades as an admission requirement, so I spent the time at high school loading my batteries in time for University. Originally, it had been my plan to become the chief of a larger fire department, but during my studies, I was given the chance to already prevent tragedies by stopping fires and explosions from happening and that became my real mission in life. After university I had the chance to be educated at the DMT Centre of Fire and Explosion Safety, VDI Committees and by my PhD mentor. I also worked for eight years as Consultant for Fire and Explosion Safety. At REMBE I finally felt I was in the right place to save lives; to truly fight against fires and explosions and to build a passionate team.


PWM: Becoming properly safety compliant means a financial investment for a company. Is this something you can see happening and what are the dangers of making such shortcuts? DR. LOTTERMANN: In simple terms, investing in safety is like buying insurance: you pay for something you hope


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