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June 30th, 2014

Wittur declared today that its Testing and Innovation Centre (TIC) in Scheibbs was submitted to a major overhaul to achieve an efficient bundling of R&D resources and competences.
 
The overhauled TIC centre now offers an optimised environment to develop and test innovative ideas with mock ups, perform functional tests on prototypes, analyse products to determine improvements, support the continuous development of Wittur and partner product with structured tests. 
 
A new state of the Art test lift was installed in  a second separate shaft in the existing test tower. It offers an ideal platform to test safety gears, new ropes, positioning systems and electronic safety gears, UCM systems, motors and other shaft components.
 
The availability of the new additional test lift is going to further push Wittur R&D activities for continuous improvement of current products and is going to significantly reduce time required for testing innovative elevator products.
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May 12th, 2014

Wittur announced today that Wittur MRMW Line elevator package for modernization with reduced pit and headspace is available to order strating from june 2014.

The MRM W-Line, Wittur’s flexible machine roomless electric lift, offers an ideal solution for new lifts in existing buildings based on an innovative modular design. The MRM W-Line design makes optimal use of space and offers reduced energy consumption.

The MRM W Line fulfills all the requirements of the Lift Directive 95/16/EC, as well as the standards EN81-1:A3, EN81-28 (remote alarm on passenger and goods lifts) and EN81-58 (landing door fire resistance test). Wittur additionally offers the option of supplying the MRM W Line to comply with EN81-70 (designed to improve accessibility), EN81-73 (behaviour of lifts in the event of fire) and EN81-21 (reduced pit and head room).

Further information are available on Wittur website under elevator components/systems.
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January 17th, 2014

The lift industry has recently focused on the danger of Unintended car movement (UCM) when lift doors are in open position.
As a result, EN 81-1:1998-A3:2009 und EN81-2:1998-A3:2009 norms were published to ensure that new lift installations are equipped with devices against unintended car movement.
In this respect, also existing lifts should receive the same attention; in particular, The German TRBS 1121, according to the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, describes  a procedure for “change or important modifications of lifts” based on the norms.
This is the reason why Wittur decided to upgrade all the existing lifts in the Wittur building, installed in 2008, to the state-of-the-art from a safety point of view.
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Suzhou, Wujiang, May 15th, 2013

On May 15th, 2013, the “Inauguration Wittur China Phase II” will be held in the production facilities of Wittur Elevator Components (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. located in FOHO Economic Development Zone, Wujiang. An official opening ceremony for the newly built plant section will be held on site for the first time since the foundation of Wittur China’s operation and it will be witnessed by many, including Wittur’s board members, management, senior officials of local government, Chinese customers of Wittur China and key vendors.
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April 3rd, 2013

Dr. Etienne Nitidem has joined the Wittur Group on April 3rd, 2013 as Corporate Director R & D.
Dr. Nitidem is 46 years old and was born in Cameroon. After his secondary studies with integrated training in metal cutting technology at Technical School of Douala, he studied mechanical engineering with focus on product development and design at the University of Hannover.

In 1998, he gained his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools. He then joint industry and worked first as a Development Engineer for Hoisting & Lifting Technology, quickly moved to leading positions in Research & Development in international companies such as Mannesmann, Demag Cranes, Lenze, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and was at last CTO of the LISEGA Group.

He was responsible within the Board for Production, Engineering and R & D. Among others, he has a long experience in cross functional and intercultural development of mechatronic products, automated systems, motion control, in the life cycle management of product and production data.
His office is located at Wittur Holding GmbH in Wiedenzhausen and he can be reached at etienne.nitidem@wittur.com.
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July 1st, 2013

Mr. Andreas Witte has joined Wittur effective July 1st, 2013 taking the position of Latin America Regional Managing Director.
Mr. Witte is a Brazilian-German Mechanical Engineer specialized in Production Management and holds Executive MBA Degrees from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bentley College, Boston, USA in Project management. He has a wide experience in Lean Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints. 
Before joining Wittur, he worked as Project and Product manager in Freudenberg Latin America and as Operations Director in Dorma Group for the Americas, both based in Brazil.
He is located in Brazil and can be reached at Andreas.witte@wittur.com
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X Atlas Schindler Award in Sao Paulo

On 13th June 2012 in Sao Paulo, in the context of the X Atlas Schindler Award for the quality of suppliers, Atlas Schindler presented Wittur Brasil with three Supplier awards for, “Quality”, and “Lean performance”. and the highly demanding "outstanding operation performance".
Outstanding Operation performance award recognized not just manufacturing/production quality but OTD and productivity/efficiencies planning and execution processes scores, including permanent proactive service approach. Atlas Schindler accounts for a high reputation market quality and process standards, and this gives Wittur a special pride on high scores in the continuous company audits.

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May 1st, 2012

Mr. Miguel Marcos has joined Wittur Group on May 1st, 2012 as Corporate Director Supply Chain. Mr. Miguel Marcos graduated from Studies of Mechanical Engineering, University of Valladolid and holds a Master Degree from IE Business School in Business Administration.

Prior to accepting this position, he served as Purchasing Director in Grupo Antolin, Burgos/Spain. Purchasing Managers in our various entities will report to him. Mr. Miguel Marcos brings experience and proven track record of achievements not only in the Purchasing function but also in the areas of Engineering, Program Management and Operations, which will be of great value in meeting his new goals and objectives.

We are confident that Mr. Miguel Marcos will be an excellent match for the position and a strong asset to the supply chain team. He will be located in Wittur Spa Parma and can be reached at miguel.marcos@wittur.com.
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Jan 1st, 2012

Dr. Daniel Wiest has been appointed as CFO for the Wittur Group. Dr. Wiest has an extensive value creation background as CFO engaged with various Private Equity owned companies, most recently with KCA Deutag (International Drilling and Engineering Contractor) and APCOA Group (European Market Leader for Parking Services).
 
Dr. Wiest holds a PhD in Political Sciencefrom the University of Berlin and an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Munich.
 
Dr. Wiest succeeds Mr. Christian Witt, who for personal reasons has decided after four years to pursue his carrier outside the Wittur group.
 
Dr. Ing. Walter Rohregger, CEO of Wittur Group: “We thank Mr. Witt for his valuable contribution to the company growth over the last years and we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Wiest to Wittur, where his experience will be deployed for the further growth of the group.”

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January 1st, 2012

Dr. Ing. Walter Rohregger has been appointed Managing Director of Wittur Holding GmbH with effect from January 1, 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of the Wittur Group as of February 1, 2012. He will succeed Mr. Stephan Rojahn who will be retiring from office in 2012 at the age of 64, as previously planned.

Dr. Ing. Rohregger obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering at Turin Polytechnic University before joining GKN’s Italian subsidiary based in his native province of South Tyrol. GKN is a global engineering group operating in the four sectors of automotive systems, powder metallurgy, land systems and aerospace. During his twenty-five years with GKN, Dr. Ing. Rohregger was able to gain considerable international experience. For more than a decade, he was responsible for expanding Group operations in the Asia Pacific region based on organic growth, as well as via acquisitions and joint ventures. His career at GKN included various positions in production, engineering and sales in the automotive, construction, mining and agriculture business, followed by appointments as MD and CEO, and since 2007 as a member of the GKN Group´s executive team based in the UK.

Mr. Rojahn took over as Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and successfully repositioned the Wittur Group. In addition to improving the company´s operational performance, new facilities were opened in Slovakia, Austria and India and capacities expanded in China, Europe and Latin America.

The Wittur Group is one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of components and systems for the lift industry with a global network of 11 production sites and 21 sales companies. Wittur’s core products include lift doors, safety components and gearless drives, as well as cars, slings, counterweight frames and hydraulic drives. These are designed not only for new installations, but also for modernisation projects. The range of products includes exclusive tailored designs and finishes, heavy-duty solutions, marine installations, as well as standardised equipment.

Wiedenzhausen, Dec. 30th, 2011

Media Contact:
Carlo Ferrari, Corporate Marketing, Tel. +39 0521 3111, carlo.ferrari@wittur.com
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