Elnik announces leadership change, new appointments amid growing demand for MIM technologies
March 21, 2019
Elnik Systems, LLC, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA, has announced a number of leadership changes. Effective March 31, Stefan Joens will become President of Elnik Systems, succeeded by Bruce Dionne, who joins Elnik as Vice President of Operations on April 1, 2019. Additionally, Bryan C Sherman joined DSH Technologies, a sister company of Elnik Systems, in January 2019 as Chief Metallurgist and Project Manager.
Stefan Joens takes the helm as President of Elnik ten years after his return to the business, which is owned and operated by himself and his family. He has served on the board of directors of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA) for more than three years, representing the association on the Industry Development Board of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), serving as co-chairman of the annual MIM conference and having involvement in other board-directed chairman roles. Claus Joens, his father, will now take over the role of Chairman of the Board and continue to be involved with the organisation.
Elnik stated that its success comes from four core principles: innovation, quality, experience and excellence. “Throughout his working career, Stefan has always kept these at the centre of decision making and helping the company plan for its future,” stated Claus Joens. Together with Elnik and DSH Technologies’ team of experts, it was further stated that Stefan Joens will have the resources available to carry out his vision of providing a high level of education, practical solutions and essential ‘workhorse-style’ equipment to metal part making industries.
Bruce Dionne brings to Elnik strong experience in Metal Injection Moulding. He joined the MIM industry in 2006 with Megamet Solid Metals, where he later served as Vice President & General Manager, growing the business to become one of the most respected and fastest growing contract MIM parts providers in the industry. In 2015, Megamet Solid Metals was sold to Ruger Firearms, where Dionne later served as the Director of Operations, growing and improving operations utilising lean manufacturing principals.
Dionne also has ten years of engineering and service-related experience working for Nooter Corporation, at the time one of the leading ASME Section VIII pressure vessel manufacturers in the country, and is expected to provide a unique set of skills and experiences that will work together to meet the new challenges at Elnik. “We are excited to have Bruce join our team,” stated the company. “Bruce’s real-world growth-oriented operational experiences will help Elnik continue to lead the debind and sinter equipment industry and assist with positioning our organisation to support the new demands coming.”
Dionne served for four years as the President of MIMA, as well as serving multiple terms on the MIMA board of directors, four years on the MPIF’s Board of Governors and three times as the Co-chairman of the annual MIM Conference.
Bryan Sherman comes to DSH Technologies with more than twenty years of experience in the MIM industry. Having been involved with part design, fabrication, equipment design and use, research and development projects and facility management and layout, Sherman brings many years of knowledge to the company.
After completing his BASc in Material Science and Ceramic Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, Sherman progressed from a process engineer to managing sintering and complete process technology at a variety of MIM parts manufacturers. Having worked at the largest captive MIM parts maker on the US East Coast, he will bring real-world experience and solutions-based problem-solving skills as he transitions into his new role at DSH.
“DSH Technologies continues to be the leading partner for the MIM industry, supporting all aspects of process-related improvement throughout the entire supply chain. Bryan’s real-world experience will also be of great support and help to the metal Additive Manufacturing industry, which requires knowledge and solutions as it relates to debinding, sintering and process improvements,” Elnik stated. “We are excited to have Bryan join our team and help continue to push the high level of education DSH Technologies is positioned to provide to various metal part making industries.”