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© VDMAThe Board of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association unanimously elected Franz-Josef Paus (55), Executive Director of Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Emsbüren, as their new Chairman for the next three years during their General Assembly in Düsseldorf.

Focus on digitalization, research and European collaboration
Franz-Josef Paus, who has been a member of the Association Board since 2002, explained his priorities during his inaugural speech. He will continue to promote joint research, as he deems it to be of particular importance when it comes to implementing Industrie 4.0 concepts on building sites, thus supporting the innovation potential of the individual member companies and the entire sector. Digitalization will have far-reaching effects on the construction and building material machinery industry in the decades to come. "We are facing enormous challenges," said Paus. As an industry, many of these can only be jointly mastered at a European level and in collaboration with the construction associations. The idea is to coordinate the subject of digitalization, to bundle forces and to take the correct steps.

Representing the interests of small, family-owned companies
Further subjects discussed included the energy transition, which is having a particular impact on the framework conditions for the production of cement, glass and ceramics. The association must play a creative role in this regard. Emissions legislation and exhaust gas reduction remain important topics for the construction equipment industry. It is important to build on what has been previously achieved. The aim is not to persevere with public relations and lobbying work. It is also important to Franz-Josef Paus "to represent the interests of small, family-owned companies, so that the freedom to innovate will not be lost as a result of ever increasing regulation."

Joachim Strobel and Hermann Weckenmann as Deputy Chairs
Franz-Josef Paus will succeed Johann Sailer, Executive Director of GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co KG in Asbach-Bäumenheim, who did not stand for reelection after 6 years as Chairman of the Board. As their term had ended, the entire board of the association was newly elected at the meeting in Düsseldorf. The following were confirmed as Deputy Chairs for Franz-Josef Paus: Joachim Strobel, Sales Director of Liebherr EMtec GmbH in Kirchdorf for the Construction Equipment Group and Herrmann Weckenmann, Executive Director of Weckenmann Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co KG in Dormettingen for the Building Material Plants Group. Paus represents 330 companies in the construction, building material, glass and ceramics machinery industry, most of them medium-sized, who form the VDMA Association for Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery. The sector has a turnover of EUR 13.9 billion (2016).

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© VDMAWith the election of Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik, for the first time in its long history the VDMA Textile Machinery Association will be chaired by a woman.

On the occasion of the members' meeting of the Association in Lindau (Lake of Constance), the businesswoman from Leonberg (13 km West of Stuttgart) has been elected in place of Fritz P. Mayer, Associate of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik. Mayer, who led the Textile Machinery Association since 2008 as chairman, will remain active for the textile sector and has been elected Vice-Chairman by the new board during its inaugural meeting.

The executive board
The executive board for the three-year period until 2017 is composed of:
Regina Brückner, (Chairperson) Brückner Trockentechnik; Fritz P. Mayer, (Vice-Chairman) Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik; Johann Phillip Dilo, Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik; Peter D. Dornier, Lindauer Dornier; Arno Gärnter, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik; Roland Hampel, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen; Markus Kleindorp, Memminger-Iro; Georg Stausberg, Oerlikon Textile; Daniel Lippuner, Saurer; Andreas Lukas, Andritz Küsters; Benjamin Mayer, Mayer & Cie; Andreas Schellhammer, H. Stoll; Eric Schöller, Groz-Beckert; Peter Schulz, Rieter Ingolstadt; Verena Thies, Thies; Heinrich Trützschler, Trützschler.

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© VDMAThe members of the VDMA Glass Technology Forum unanimously elected Egbert Wenninger (51), Senior Vice President Business Unit Glass at Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH in Asbach-Bäumenheim, as their new Chairman for the next three years during their General Assembly in Düsseldorf. Wenninger's Deputy will be Siegfried Glaser, Managing Director of Glaser FMB in Beverungen.

Wenninger, who has been a Member of the Board of the industry association since 2011, will be focusing on the acquisition of new members and strengthening the role of the Glass Technology Forum as a platform for all German mechanical and plant engineers in this field. It is important to him to "introduce further important players into the Glass Technology Forum and to strengthen the position of German glass machine manufacturers on the global market."

He succeeds Dr. Bernd Holger Zippe, Executive Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen GmbH, who advocated a change after serving as Chairman of the Board for eight years and did not stand for reelection. His long-serving Deputy, Dr. Harald Jodeit, Managing Director of JSJ Jodeit GmbH, also stepped down.

As their term had ended, the entire board of the VDMA Glass Technology Forum was newly elected at the meeting in Düsseldorf. As well as Wenninger and Glaser, Bernhard Hötger, Managing Director of HEGLA GmbH & Co. KG in Beverungen, Christoph Hermanns, Managing Director of MDI Advanced Processing GmbH in Mainz and Günther Mlynar, Managing Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen GmbH in Wertheim, are members of the Board of Directors.

Wenninger represents 60 mostly small and medium-sized companies in the glass specialism of the German mechanical and plant engineering sector. These internationally active companies generate turnover totaling approximately 1 billion euros.

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© VDMAWilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, was re-elected for a second term (2017-2021) as Chairman during the General Assembly of the VDMA Power Transmission Engineering Association held in Frankfurt am Main from September 28 to 29, 2017. Ekrem Sirman, President & CEO of Harmonic Drive AG was elected Vice Chairman.

"As power transmission engineers, continuous transformation and change are just part of our nature. Together, we will succeed in shaping digitalization, Industrie 4.0 and the electrification of the power train," said Rehm after he was elected Chairman of the Association.

Summit of the power transmission industry and 50th anniversary of the FVA
About 100 managers from the world of power transmission engineering came together for the General Assembly to discuss future technologies and listen to keynotes given by highly distinguished speakers. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik e.V. (FVA).

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© iStock | SadeugraOPC UA is an open interface standard that defines the mechanisms of cooperation in the industrial environment. The VDMA prioritizes its activities on this interface standard and gives an important orientation to the machine and plant engineering sector. The VDMA guideline "Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline based on OPC UA" shows action steps that help to implement Industrie 4.0 communication in the company.

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