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Schuler recently welcomed new changes in its management body. Benjamin Fürst succeeded Executive Vice President Frank Klingemann who stepped down as the Head of the Industry Division at the end of the year. Apart from this, Benjamin Fürst, who manages Schuler’s site in Hessdorf will also continue to do so. The management of Schuler’s Weingarten site, which was previously also held by Frank Klingemann, will be taken over by Service Executive Vice President Torsten Petrick in addition to his previous responsibilities.
“Frank Klingemann has done an outstanding job as Executive Vice President, Division Manager and Site Manager since the beginning of 2020,” explained Schuler CEO Domenico Iacovelli. “We wish him all the best for his new phase of life. For our customers and employees, it is an important signal of continuity that two experienced Schuler managers, Benjamin Fürst and Torsten Petrick, will seamlessly take over Frank Klingemann’s responsibilities.”
Benjamin Fürst was already responsible for Schuler products for press automation worldwide – such as coil lines and transfers, but also blanking lines with press or laser cell. He will now br responsible for all mechanical progressive, transfer, and forging presses, as well as smaller systems for the production of coins, electrical sheets for motors or housings for batteries from January 1, 2024. The product groups will remain at locations such as Göppingen, Weingarten and Hessdorf. The products themselves are manufactured at locations such as Göppingen, Erfurt, Hessdorf, Dalian (China) and São Paulo (Brazil).
Benjamin Fürst is a trained plant mechanic and has completed both his master craftsman’s certificate and his technical business management qualification. He then completed a Master of Science in Strategy, Management and Technology, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Laws while working. Apart from a brief one-and-a-half-year break, he has worked at Schuler in various management positions since 2011.
The future head of the Weingarten site, Torsten Petrick, has been with the company since 2008 and has been responsible for Schuler Service since 2020. He had previously built up and managed the company’s procurement department. Schuler Service is represented worldwide with over 750 employees to not only quickly repair systems in an emergency, but also to maintain, modernize or relocate them. The service also sells Schuler’s digital products, such as the camera-based die monitoring system “Visual Die Protection” or the augmented reality solution “Schuler Connect”.
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