Sumitomo (SHI) Demag hires new Group CSO

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag hires…

Effective 1 October 2019, Mr. Siegfried Köhler joins the managementteam, taking on the responsibility of further strengthening Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’sfocus of aligning international sales  with  automation  and business  development.  Given  his  expertise  in  both  injection  moulding  and  peripheral  manufacturing equipment,  engaging  the  expertise  of  Mr.  Köhler  is  regarded  by  the  company  as  a  real  customer advantage given its rapidly expanding presence in all key international injection moulding markets.

With many years experience in sales management, Mr. Köhler has made a lasting contribution to both the Italian  and  Austrian  companies  where  he  previously  worked,  successfully  consolidating  their  strategic position. 

Taking Sumitomo (SHI) Demag into its next phase of growth, Mr. Köhler will work hand-in-hand with CEO Gerd Liebig. With  his  new  responsibilities,  Mr.Köhler  will  focus  on  further  strengthening  the company’s respected global sales network.

Welcoming  Mr.  Köhler  to  the managementteam,  Gerd  Liebig  reflects  on  how  far  and  fast  the  company has grown: “Group sales have increased by 50%in recent years, which is testament to our strong global consulting teams. Having already initiated programmes to optimise production efficiency in our facilities in Schwaig,  Wiehe  and  Ningbo,  we  are  now  looking  outwards  at  our  customers  and  how  we  can  best support their global expansion plans by drawing upon our international presence.”

“Accelerating cooperation and international alignment will be integral to our customers’ future success. Mr.  Köhler’s experience  and  successful  track  record,  combined  with  his  passion,  will  help  to  deliver complete supply chain integration to maximise manufacturing efficiency,”adds Mr Liebig.

Looking forward to the challenge, Siegfried Köhler comments: "Customer requirements for overall solution concepts   are   rising   steadily. Smart   machine   technologies,   combined   with   various   application technologies, intuitive controls and harmonised  work cells are critical  to  growth and  success now  and in the future.”

Noting  that  Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s IntElect machines have already set a high global benchmark, he adds: “Cooperation  with  innovative  partner  companies  will  be  necessary  to  strengthen  our competitiveness.  We  will  purposefully  focus  on  implementing  projects  that  play  to  these  strengths  and build  upon  our  automation  and  technical  expertise  to  meet  the  expectations  of  our  customers  in  all markets.”

Mr. Köhler will be based at the Schwaig office. He will attend K-2019, where Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will showcase  a  number  of  new  exciting  partnerships  in  materials,  sustainability,  automation,  IMD  and traceability.

Source: Sumitomo (SHI) Demag