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Issue April 2015

Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre
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Bengt-Henning Maas

Bengt Henning Maas is the new CEO at Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre

The new technical head of Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre was born close to the Rhine. Yet he feels at home in the eastern part of Westphalia as he grew up and went to school in the region. His wife also has roots here, such that the move made sense privately as well as professionally.

After graduating in physics from Bielefeld University Mr. Maas joined a larger German steel company, where he soon took responsibility as an executive. His focus was the development of new materials and processes. He used tools such as advanced analytics, integral process chain analysis, data mining and numerical material and process modelling. Now he cannot wait to apply this background to the products and processes of P+P Präzisionsstahlrohre.

During the past six months Mr. Christian Mörke, the retiring and long serving technical head of P + P’s tube company, has been handing over the gavel. Talking to employees daily has been an important building block to ensure a smooth transition. It is still the best way to get to know the team and to understand company specific know how.

At the same time there have been regular meetings with the management team in order to discuss strategy and future development options. A roadmap for future product and technological development is being built. To support these ideas and their implementation Mr. Maas is leading the team in building networks with Universities, R&D establishments and business partners.

The new CEO also wants give new impulses to improve processes, lean production and to define the competitive position of the company in the context of “Industry 4.0”.

There are already concrete examples for new products and the growth of process know how. A number of new profile tubes have been launched. New materials such as ultra-fine grain, micro alloy and high tensile steels have been added to the program. These have required the development of new process capabilities to master the special requirements of these materials with respect to drawing as well as surface and heat treatment.

Mr. Maas recharges his batteries playing piano and jogging. Cooking and eating with friends and family is another favourite option.

Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsrohre exhibited at the Intec/Z fair in Leipzig, 24. – 27.02.15

The twin Intec and Z fairs at Leipzig’s exhibition ground ended with a clear increase in visitors – both national and international. From 24 to 27 February over 23,500 visitors from more than 35 countries visited the German metal working industry’s most important event of the year. 1,433 exhibitors from 33 countries demonstrated their performance spectrum and their product innovations (2013: 1,352 exhibitors). “Intec and Z are continuing to grow in terms of exhibitors, area and visitors. This is a clear proof that the industry has more than accepted our fair concept. The twin fairs impressively underline the concept’s strong position in Europe,” comments a satisfied Markus Geisenberger, General Manager of the Leipziger Messe.

Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre exhibited at the fair for the first time within the scope of a joint booth. “Despite a weak start to the show, we were able to draw a positive summary at the end of the exhibition” comments Thorsten Ellersiek, Head of Sales. “Our contacts and discussions were excellent and, based on the current situation, we will be exhibiting again. A special thanks also goes to our local representative, Wolfgang Fiedler, who played a key role in representing us at the fair and also carried out the organization and execution.”

New outer Profile

This new outer profile combined with a hexagon on the inside was a challenge. The customer’s need for a defined twist between the inner and the outer profile did not make it easier. P + P, however, was up to the challenge and could satisfy the customer. After the first delivery further orders followed.

This new profile not only shows that profile tubing is a specialty of Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre, but it illustrates what is possible when customers use our special expertise in their development processes. This cooperation has lead to some exciting new shapes in our product portfolio.

Flexible lot sizes

Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre has always seen itself as a specialist for small and medium lot sizes. We are always working on our capability to offer those lot sizes to our customers, which are most practical for them.

We cannot offer the same small quantities as traders, who have standard specifications in stock. But we always strive to adjust our minimum efficient lot sizes to the requirements of our customers.

Depending on sizes we are capable to produce very small lots of the tube specification the customer may need. This capability supports our customers in their efforts to develop new products, components and to improve existing products.