Remscheid, June 30, 2014 – On July 1, 2014, Markus Kirchner will take up the post of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the Edscha Group. At the same time he will become managing director of Edscha Holding GmbH, where he will be in charge of sales and project management. These areas have been under the provisional direction of Torsten Greiner, CEO of the Remscheid-based automotive supplier, since April 1, 2014.
The 48-year-old Kirchner was previously director of automotive sales at WKW Erbslöh Automotive GmbH in Wuppertal. For two years he was also president of WKW Erbslöh in Detroit, Michigan. An engineer with a degree in business management, Kirchner has worked for more than 20 years in the automotive supply industry. He has excellent contacts in the industry and a wide range of experience in sales, quality assurance and project management.
“Edscha is the market leader in Europe. We must maintain this position and gain larger shares of the growth markets in Asia and North America,” says Kirchner. “All of our activities will be directed at maximizing customer satisfaction.”
“Markus Kirchner is a recognized sales professional who will be of great value to us in this strategically important position,” says Torsten Greiner. “With his expertise he will give a significant boost to the growth of the Edscha Group throughout the world and help to expand our market shares.”
Founded in 1870, Edscha has developed into the world’s largest supplier of hinge systems. It is one of the leading European suppliers of driver controls (pedal boxes and parking brakes) and drives for fully automatic opening and closing of rear lids and liftgates. Under the umbrella of Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp, Edscha services virtually every automaker with its products and know-how from 21 world locations with some 4,800 employees. In the 2013 financial year it achieved sales of 716 million euros.
Gestamp is a leading global automotive supplier active in the design, development and manufacture of metal components and assemblies for sale to original equipment manufacturers. With revenues in 2013 of 5,789 million euros and approximately 30 thousand employees, Gestamp has an extensive global footprint of 91 production facilities in 20 countries across four continents. Gestamp employs 1,000 people in research and development whose leading innovations support its advancements in reducing vehicle weight/emissions as well as improvements in vehicle safety.