After a brief illness, Karl-Heinz Spiess (67) has died close to his former place of work in Troisdorf near Cologne.
Spiess was responsible for the fortunes of TROSIFOL from 1992. The charismatic chemical engineer, the face of the company, built an internationally important brand. In 2005, TROSIFOL was sold to today’s Kuraray Europe GmbH, and today produces a range of products across automotive and architectural glass, and photovoltaics.
In 2011 Spiess handed over the management to his successor, and he became actively involved in cultural exchanges between German and Russian school pupils. He was also an adviser to Cologne University of Applied Sciences and visiting professor at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Nizhny Novgorod. A production plant for TROSIFOL PVB films has been located close to the Russian university since 2003.