History

Nature is our guide in efficient design. Like our company name would suggest, the inventor of our composite joint Marko Pavlovic assistant professor Steel and Composite Structures at TU Delft, got inspired by trees. Near his hometown the local community saved a 300 years old tree by supporting it with steel tubulars. Over time it grew over and around these steel tubulars, creating a structural connection.

A tree reacts to the loads it is subjected to, it will grow additional fibres only in the locations where they are needed, this forms the essence of our joint technology to shape it in an optimal manner. With the first prototype being built in 2017 at Versteden B.V., a close collaboration has followed with over 90 tests executed at TU Delft to perfect this technique. With success after success, Tree Composites was founded in 2020 with the aim to get this technology to the market. At the end of 2020 the certification body Det Norske Veritas provided the statement of feasibility for this technology.

Our Team

Tree Composites consists of a dedicated team, with ties to academics and industry. All bring specific knowledge and experience to the table. We are ambitious, passionate and thoroughly enjoy creating the bridge between science and industry. Our team is eager to listen, learn and improve.

Maxim Segeren

Managing director & co-founder

Experience in BD at TU Delft setting up over 20 new innovation projects between Academia and industry. From all the innovation he has seen he believes that the wrapped composite joint can make a major impact and create a positive impact on the energy transition. He is highly motivated to lead the start-up company Tree Composites to a success. MSc in offshore engineering with focus on jackets for offshore wind turbines at TU Delft & PhD at Civil engineering at TU Delft in connections for offshore wind turbines.

Marko Pavlovic

Inventor & lead of R&D

Assistant professor in Steel and Composite Structures at TU Delft. Aim at creating new knowledge for implementing Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite materials in structures. PhD in Civil Engineering TU Belgrade in high strength steel bolts for connections. Post-Doc at Lulea in Sweden focusing on steel and composites structures for wind turbine support in structures. Member of CEN TC/250 WG4  – development of Eurocode for FRP structures; Member of Bouwen met Staal TC23 – committee on joints between FRP and steel structural members; Member of IABSE – International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering – representative of TU Delft in Dutch national committee. 

Peter Bogers

Commercial director & co-founder

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the HTS in Breda. Since 1995 he is active in the FRP piping business and in 2009 he became the commercial director of Versteden B.v.. His expertise and experience in the manufacturing of fibre reinforced polymers is invaluable for the company and his role is to lead the development of the manufacturing of the wrapped composite joints.

Tim Kapteijn

Structural engineer

Graduated from the TU Delft in July 2020 on the feasibility of a uniaxial composite joint on a monopile breasting dolphin. Within Tree Composites Tim focusses on structural design with wrapped composite joint, besides he sharpens our business case by conversations with our partners and potential customers. Tim does the project management of the WrapFly project, a commercial & technical feasibility study into the TC-joint.

Mees Wolters

Composite Engineer

Graduated from TU Delft in December 2020 at which he developed a forming analysis to create mesoscale finite element models of complex composite structures. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at the Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen, graduating on lateral load resisting frames for offshore skids. During his master studies, Mees worked part-time at SPIE Nederland where he developed analytical models for high-voltage lattice masts and substations. Within Tree Composites he focusses on the composite design of the TC-joint, production process and cost determination.

Vasilis Mylonopoulos

Composite Quality Engineer

Currently graduating from TU Delft on bi-material interface properties of composite to steel bonds. Before coming to the Netherlands he studied civil engineering at the University of Patras in Greece. Working as a trainee in Milan he gained experience with finite element modelling of large commercial and public projects. Within Tree Composites he focusses on the development of automated manufacturing of the TC-joint.

Advisory Board

Frank Sliggers

Technical advisor

Former Associate professor on offshore bottom founded structures at Tu Delft and 25 years of service at Shell. His experience on the design of Jackets for offshore conditions and experience in the installation and operational phase of offshore project is a true addition to the team.  

Milan Veljkovic

Technical advisor

Head of the Section Steel and Composite Structures at Tu Delft. He bring in his experience and expertise on steel structures and the fatigue issues related to those. Member of the  European Standardization committee CEN250/SC3 Steel Structures and Standardization committee CEN250/SC4 Composite Structures. 

Work with us

We welcome new ideas, applications and partners with open arms. We would like to hear from you and we’ll gladly introduce our technology to you. If you are interested you can contact us by phone or e-mail.