Curriculum Vitae

Ottmar Brandau
172 Elisabeth Street
Unit A
Guelph, ON N1E 2X3
Tel.: 705-429-1492

Major Accomplishments:

• Experienced plastics professional for blow molding and injection molding of preforms and closures
• Author of: “Stretch Blow Molding – A Hands-on Guide”, now available in a third, enhanced edition
• Author of “Extrusion Blow Molding – a Comprehensive Guide”
• Co-author of “The Rapid Guide to Perfect Preforms”
• Co-author and editor of “Bottles, Preforms, Closures – A Design Guide for PET Packaging”, also now in a second edition
• Author of “The Rapid Guide to Perfect PET Bottles”
• Project and process engineering • Resin analysis and selection for applications
• Solid background in machine design and operation
• Training classes in-house and on-line • Plant lay-out and start-up
• Troubleshooting of process problems
• Design of blow molded and injection molded parts
• Marketing studies for brand owners
• Both primary and ancillary machinery selection
• New plant layout and start-up
• Expert Witness in several cases
• Process and machine experience in the following fields:
- Extrusion Blow Molding
- Single stage Injection Stretch Blow Molding of PET and OPP
- Two stage Injection Stretch Blow Molding of PET, PLA, and OPP
- Injection molding of preforms and closures
• Product development and Plastics science
• Preform, bottle, and closure design
• Machinery and controls development
• Training of different levels of personnel in blow molding and injection molding of preforms both in-house and on-line
• UN certification assistance for containers used to package hazardous materials
• Contact with European and Asian machinery suppliers
• Statistical Process Control
• US Patent #5,238,389 Apparatus for preparing a hollow plastic article
• Speaker at conferences
• Articles published in trade magazines
• Work with computer simulation software for the blow molding process


1997 - now Work as independent consultant for the blow molding industry as president of Apex Container Tech Inc.
* I advise companies in the areas of:
- Productivity improvements
- Training of floor and office personnel
- Product development including preform design
- Container design development
- Assistance in machine selection
- Process assistance/troubleshooting
- Material selection including recycled material and bio resins
- Statistical process control
- Plant installation
- Plant operation including auxiliary equipment
- I trouble-shoot both machines and process
• I run a website with practical tips for processors at:

1991 - 1997 Magic North-America Inc.
Technical Manager and Vice President Operations
* Started out to organize service, later ran the company and was involved in
- sales of blow molding machinery - supervision of all personnel
- marketing and public relations
- container design developments
- machine developments
- customer relations

1988 - 1991 Husky Injection Molding Systems
Process Engineer
* Mostly involved in the development of the Integrated Two Stage Stretch Blow Molding program (ITS) with respect to machine, product development and container design
* Gained strong knowledge of all aspects of process engineering

1986 - 1987 Rober Industrieroboter GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Project Engineer
* Led a design team for various industrial packaging robot applications

1979 - 1983 Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH, Berlin, Germany Service Engineer
* Field work for extrusion blow molding machinery and product development

1976 - 1979 Hugo Reinz GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Completed apprenticeship for Tool and Die Maker

1974 - 1975 Military Service


1989 - 1991 Humber College, Ontario
Certificate in Digital Electronics

1983 - 1986 State Technical College, Berlin, Germany
Degree in Mechanical Engineering

1966 - 1974 Theodor Heuss High School, Heilbronn, Germany
Grade 13 Diploma

Legal Experience:

  • Seitz vs. KHS/Norgren patent validation: Extensive reporting, testified in London High Court; case won in the most important aspects
  • Avramento vs. State of Washington personal injury: reporting; case settled before trial
  • Consolidated vs. Vanga: product liability: extensive reporting; case settled before trial
  • Evian vs. Nestle patent infringement: reporting; case settled before trial

Member of the Society of Plastic Engineers
Member of the Standards & Certification Committee of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council
Member of Mensa Canada Listed with Guideline Expert Database as expert in Plastics Packaging Listed with Round Table Group Expert Database as expert in Plastics Packaging

Keyword Summary:

Comprehensive experience in the plastics container-making field, packaging materials, design, marketing, advanced computer knowledge, fluent in German ,some French, expert witness, sales, project engineering, training, team work, PET, HDPE, PP, LDPE, PVC, PC, ABS, Nylon, bottles, preforms, blow molding, injection molding