Horst Stumpe, the long-serving Managing Director of our holding company Joh. Winklhofer Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, retired from his managerial position on 30.09.2017 for age reasons. Customers, suppliers, employees and management colleagues could always rely on Horst Stumpe, who had been with the Group for more than 23 years, as an outstanding discussion partner and a passionate advocate for improvement and excellence.
With effect from 01.10.2017, the current Head of Personnel, Ulrich Bach, and CFO Uwe Kastner have been appointed to the Management Board of Joh. Winklhofer Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG. They will both continue to perform most of their duties as before.
Dr. Frank Mitzschke has also been appointed Managing Director of the drive systems subsidiary iwis antriebssysteme GmbH with effect from 01.10.2017. Dr. Mitzschke has many years of experience as head of our plants in Wilnsdorf and Sontra.
iwis is the global market leader for innovative, cost-effective drive systems based on precision chains. Every day, our plants in Munich and Landsberg supply more than 60,000 systems to virtually every automotive manufacturer worldwide. As well as supplying the automotive industry, iwis also delivers precision roller chains to mechanical engineering and plant manufacturing customers worldwide. iwis chains are used not only in the printing, papermaking and packaging industries, but also in conveyor technology, general mechanical engineering and agricultural machinery applications.
Johannes Winklhofer is the fourth-generation head of the family-run company, which was founded in 1916.
iwis has more than 1,500 employees worldwide and aims to achieve a turnover of 360 million euros in 2017. The company has production locations in Germany (Munich, Landsberg, Wilnsdorf and Sontra), the Czech Republic, China and the USA, as well as subsidiaries in a number of countries in Europe and overseas, including Brazil, England, France, India, Italy, Canada, Korea, Switzerland and South Africa. In total, there are 45 iwis Group locations worldwide.