Local management in Weert to continue unchanged until further notice
Expansion of Liquid Food unit part of PA 2020 strategy
Jürgen Katzenbach to become commercial manager of the business unit and will remain in charge of the Waiblingen site near Stuttgart
Waiblingen – Joachim Dittrich (50) has been appointed head of the Liquid Food business unit at Bosch Packaging Technology. He succeeds Jürgen Katzenbach (45), who will become the unit's commercial manager. The Liquid Food business unit develops, manufactures, and markets processing and packaging solutions for liquid and paste-like foods, especially for customers in the dairy, fruit juice, and coffee industries. The personnel changes took effect on May 1, 2014.
Dittrich initially to remain head of the Weert site Joachim Dittrich is a qualified automotive mechanic and mechanical engineer, who has been working for Bosch Packaging Technology since June 2011. He has many years of experience in the industry, having previously held a variety of positions as a manager or specialist at international packaging technology companies. He began working for Bosch as head of the Weert site in the Netherlands, a post the father of two will continue to occupy until a successor has been found.
Jürgen Katzenbach remains head of the Waiblingen site Jürgen Katzenbach, a graduate in information management, will remain head of the Waiblingen site and simultaneously occupy the newly created position of commercial manager of Liquid Food. Since April 2011 he has been managing the Waiblingen site, a fast-growing location that currently has a workforce of around 1,100 associates. Katzenbach, also a father of two, previously spent five and a half years in Japan.
PA 2020: expansion of Liquid Food portfolio On behalf of Klaus Albeck and Dr. Stefan König, both of whom are members of the division's executive management team, division president Friedbert Klefenz expressed his gratitude to both Joachim Dittrich and Jürgen Katzenbach for their work to date. He also wished them every success for their new management tasks: "Our PA 2020 strategy is targeting global expansion of our portfolio of packaging systems for liquid foods," he said. "In order to achieve this, we require not only international management experience, but also outstanding technological expertise – two qualities that we can now boast in an ideal combination," he added.
Successfully used by customers in Europe, the U.S. and China
New multi-tubing port for efficient upgrades
All key components as well as pre-tests from a single source
Crailsheim / Duesseldorf, Germany – At Interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, presented the expanded portfolio of the single-use filling system PreVAS. “The existing system has been successfully introduced to the market. Now the time has come to offer our customers additional solutions for their existing line concepts and to consequently extend our portfolio,” Klaus Ullherr, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology said. The name PreVAS stands for pre-validated, pre-assembled and pre-sterilized single-use filling systems, which Bosch Packaging Technology has developed in cooperation with Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB).
Fast and economic upgrades Since the official launch in 2012, PreVAS has been successfully established in the market and is used by customers in Europe, the U.S. and China, who produce in accordance with strict GMP guidelines and FDA regulations. “As with every successful system, the development of PreVAS is also never fully completed. We constantly work on developing new approaches for specific customer requirements,” Ullherr explained. With the PreVAS pump trolley, customers now receive a mobile filling station, which can be flexibly combined with existing filling lines. In this version, the product bag is situated outside of the isolator, while the filling tubes are compactly and safely guided through the isolator wall via the newly developed multi-tubing port, before being connected to the filling station. “Customers can now quickly and economically upgrade their existing lines to filling operations with PreVAS,” Ullherr said.
Comprehensive pre-validation Just like the entire single-use filling system, the multi-tubing port is also fully validated. Prior to its market launch, PreVAS was tested and validated under realistic conditions for one year. Amongst others this included performance tests for filling accuracy, biocompatibility tests, extractable and leachable studies as well as particle tests. “Our customers receive all key components from a single source – bag, pump and tubing, as well as filling needles. Combined with comprehensive validation and technical support for upgrades, PreVAS answers the requirements of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry for higher filling accuracy as well as safe and flexible solutions for simple and quick product changes,” Ullherr concluded.
Stefan König has been a member of the executive management of Bosch Packaging Technology since July 2011. In that capacity, he is responsible for Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality as well as the Business Unit Pharma and ATMO Assembly Systems and Special Machinery.
Stefan König was born in Dortmund in 1965. On completing his studies in mechanical engineering at TH Karlsruhe in 1990, he joined the Fraunhofer Society’s Institute for Production Technology and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart. In 1997, he completed his PhD in data mining.
Stefan König is married and has three children.
Career stages in the Bosch Group
1997 Section Head, Manufacturing
1999 Department Head, Special Machinery
2001 Technical Management, KAMCO (Korean Automotive Motor Company), South Korea
2005 Technical Management (Engineering, Manufacturing), Bosch Wiper Systems
2007 Management Engineering, Electrical Drives
2009 Group President, ATMO Assembly Systems and Special Machinery
2011 Member of the executive management, Bosch Packaging Technology
Friedbert Klefenz has been President of Bosch Packaging Technology since April 2002. In that capacity, he is responsible for the Business Units Confectionery & Food and Liquid Food as well.
Friedbert Klefenz was born in Mannheim in 1955. After completing his studies in Machinery Construction at FH Aalen in 1978, he studied Industrial Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) till 1980. In the same year, he joined Siemens Kraftwerkunion as a project manager responsible for power stations in Africa and the Middle East. Between 1986 and 1998, he occupied different positions at Pharmaplan respectively Fresenius ProServe, finally as Managing Director.