March 5, 2003 -- As restructuring measures in the sheet-fed press sector move along, MAN Roland has recast some of its team in Offenbach as the company continues to pave the way to the future. These changes became effective on March 1, 2003. There is also much to report about in the months running up to the changes.
Consistent and continuous business field orientation similar to that in the web press sector
MAN Roland is implementing consistent and continuous business field orientation for the sheet-fed press sector similar to the initiative implemented in the web press sector in Augsburg. The move is designed to bring the company and its product range more in line with specific market requirements. MAN Roland expects the restructuring measures to strengthen the company market position and improve reaction times as the organization becomes more streamlined.
The changes include:
Albrecht Bachus heads the small format business unit
Engineer Albrecht Bachus, 48, is the new head of the small format business unit for sheet-fed systems. Bachus began his career with MAN Roland in 1981 following his mechanical engineering studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Starting in Offenbach in the web press sector, he gradually assumed responsibility for a number of tasks in production, moving up to production and facility management. He had been the small format production manager since 2000.
Erwin Geyer heads the medium format business unit
Erwin Geyer, 48, has been appointed head of the medium format business unit for sheet-fed systems. The communications engineer has worked in the field of printing press manufacturing since 1982. Working for MAN Roland, Geyer carried out the restructuring initiative that created a central organizational unit from MAN Miller, Mabeg, and MAN Roland, which were separate entities. He then headed the company's technical service department, finally to be responsible for overall services.
Jens Gebel heads the large format business unit
The new head of the large format business unit for the sheet-fed sector is Jens Gebel, 35. Following his mechanical engineering studies at the Technical University of Chemnitz (specializing in polygraphic technology), Gebel began his career at MAN Miller in Geisenheim. He moved to MAN Roland in Offenbach in 1995. He has been responsible for process organization in sheet fed services since 1999.
Felix Scherf-Radermacher is the new head of services sheet-fed systems.
Felix Scherf-Radermacher, 44, now assumes Erwin Geyer’s former responsibility for the head of services for sheet-fed systems. After studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Scherf-Radermacher began working at Miller-Johannisberg and Delphax Systems. In 1999 he came to MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG in Offenbach where he began working in the services department for sheet-fed systems. From the beginning of 2000 until the end of 2001, he worked primarily in the digital printing business unit in Augsburg.
Gerhard Janßen coordinates Northern Europe activities.
In addition to his duties as product manager of the material supply and environment department at MAN Roland's subsidiary VOTRA Graphic Systems, Janßen has been coordinating company activities in Northern Europe since August 2002 in his capacity as deputy chairman of the board. He is supported in his efforts by Klaus Danhamer.
Following his engineering studies at the Emden Technical College (where he specialized in chemistry), Janßen began his career at the printing cylinder manufacturer Felix Böttcher in Cologne, and was the managing director of Böttcher Italiana, Milan, from 1993 to 1995. He then became general manager of Böttcher Farnier, Paris, until 1997. Before he came to VOTRA Graphic Systems in April 2000, Janßen was responsible for the blanket business sector at the ContiTech Group.
Edgar Dörsam was announced professor for the printing press and printing technology department of the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Dr. Edgar Dörsam, 43, has been appointed professor for the printing press and printing technology department of the Technical University of Darmstadt. After studying mechanical engineering and earning his Ph.D. in Darmstadt, Dörsam began working in the sheet-fed press sector for MAN Roland in Offenbach. He began as a development engineer. Following responsibilities as department and project managers, Dr. Dörsam has been the project manager and deputy facility manager responsible for medium format for the past two years.
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