At the end of the year, Gisbert Strohn, long-time managing director of the ALPMA Group, will retire. He led ALPMA for almost two decades.
In his engineering career, he spent many years as technical director for the beverage technology specialist KHS in Dortmund, Germany, from where he joined a medium-sized packaging technology company as technical managing director. In October 2003, he joined ALPMA as MD, where he set many accents for the internationalization of the Group and focused his work on the expansion and the continued technological further development of the portfolio.
During his time, important acquisitions were made in the field of cheese processing technology, such as the Swiss pasta filata, semi-hard and hard cheese specialist Sulbana Group and the acquisition of the French specialist for bassine systems, Servi Doryl.
Mr. Strohn also drove forward the areas of digitalization and Industry 4.0 - important topics to secure our position as a world market leader.
"From my first visit to ALPMA, I was impressed by the variety of sophisticated machines and the unique expertise of cheese production and processing", recalls Gisbert Strohn. "That's why it was always most important to me to integrate new technologies in drive technology, automation, robotics and digitalization into our portfolio at an early stage. As a result, we are now able to develop machine concepts that would have been virtually inconceivable just a few years ago.
Handover to successor at the turn of the year
At the end of the year, Gisbert Strohn will retire, not without first preparing the transition to his successor: Michael Weber, currently head of operations, will succeed Gisbert Strohn in the role of MD. He came to ALPMA in 2018 from Krones AG. As before, ALPMA will be managed by a shared leadership in the future:
Managing Director Frank Eberle is looking forward to working with Michael Weber in his new role - and thanks Gisbert Strohn for the many years of good teamwork: "The joint development of the ALPMA Group has been fun, but above all it has been very successful and has led to many new developments that have shaped the industry. We wish you all the best for the future."