Matthew Watts is the Senior Vice President for Papermaking 4.0 at Voith Paper.
With 20 years paper industry experience starting at Aylesford Newsprint Ltd as a Papermaking apprentice in 1995 followed by multiple mill operations roles, next to his studies in ONC Plant Engineer & HNC Paper Science, Matthew Watts gained hands on experience in the operation, management and optimization of the complete paper manufacturing process.
Following his newly found passion for the design and optimization of manufacturing processes, Matthew Watts joined Voith Paper Fiber Systems GmbH, Germany in 2002 as a Technical Sales Manager for stock preparation systems where he consulted and assisted paper mills in Europe and then later Overseas for capital equipment projects, upgrades and process optimization initiatives. In 2008 Matthew Watts moved into the service field as Vice President Service Sales, building up and taking the lead of a newly formed European customer service, sales and support team assisting customers in raising the productivity and performance of their plant and processes. Followed by the leadership of the global capital equipment sales force as Vice President Sales & Marketing.
In 2012 as Senior Vice President Global Service, he undertook the responsibility of the complete Voith Paper service portfolio. Focusing on driving efficiency improvements he led the incubation and development of new service product ranges, successfully targeting the optimization of both Plant Maintenance and Process Performance Management.
From 2014 to date, Matthew Watts has driven the joint R&D and product management program Papermaking 4.0 from a vision to fully fledged strategic initiative for Voith Paper. He leads a team of multi-faculty professionals including service, applications and programming, process technology, product management and technical sales. All dedicated to the one ambition of supporting and facilitating the advancement of the paper industry into the next evolution.
Matthew Watts is a British National, born in 1977. He lives with his family of four children in Germany.