Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH has announced the appointment of Siegfried Köhler as its new Group Chief Sales Officer, effective 1 October 2019. As a member of the management team, Köhler is tasked with the further alignment of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s international sales with automation and business development. Köhler brings an extensive knowledge of both injection moulding and peripheral manufacturing equipment to the role, backed by many years of experience in sales management at various companies, including a stint as sales director at Wittmann Battenfeld, in Austria and as general manager Central Europe at Piovan (Italy).
Köhler will work closely CEO Gerd Liebig to take Sumitomo (SHI) Demag into its next phase of growth, with a focus on further strengthening the company’s global sales network.
According to Liebig, Group sales have increased by 50% in recent years.
“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,” he said.
Köhler will be based at the Schwaig office. He will attend K2019, where Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will showcase a number of new partnerships in materials, sustainability, automation, IMD and traceability.