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New COO at Kautex Maschinenbau

As of October 1, Thomas Hartkämper is responsible for operations at Kautex Maschinenbau. The experienced change management and organization development expert is set to play a significant role in structuring the company’s change process. Kautex is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of extrusion blow molding machines for plastics processing.

For many years now, Mr. Hartkämper has held managerial positions in mechanical and plant engineering companies that operate on the global stage. The 50-year-old champions sustainable business dealings, ensuring that they are aligned consistently with customer requirements. He knows the plastics industry inside out thanks to his many years of experience, particularly in manufacturing machines and tools for plastic packaging.

Dr. Olaf Weiland (CEO and Partner) is delighted with the new addition to the company. “Here at Kautex Maschinenbau, we are going through a process of radical change which will affect all divisions of our company. The keywords are packaging focus, the circular economy, and digitalization. Thomas Hartkämper is an excellent team player. He can contribute the necessary expertise and long-standing experience to manage and structure our change process successfully – particularly in operations. Being lucky enough to now count him among our team is a very good move for Kautex Maschinenbau and a great pleasure for me personally.”

Hartkämper himself believes that the company is on the right track: “With the slogan for this year’s plastics trade show being CREATING CHANGE TOGETHER, Kautex is already alluding to forthcoming challenges. I am looking forward to helping this fantastic company become a self-learning organization that generates sustainable added value for its customers.”

Publication date: 15/10/2019

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