The incoming CEO brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the machine tool business and the manufacturing space. Most recently, Dr Rondé was managing director of EMAG in Germany, having previously headed up the machine tool and production systems supplier’s Chinese subsidiary. He was also CEO of Franz Kessler, one of the biggest motor spindle manufacturers in the world and of Intercontec Pfeiffer, a manufacturer of connectors.
Dr Rondé has held the role of vice chairman on the Saurer board of directors since October 2021.
Mr Pan comments: “We believe that Dr Rondé, with his strong technical background and extensive management experience, is the right person for the role of CEO. He will continue to drive the further development of technological innovation, product competitiveness and management, as well as the success of Saurer’s future strategy.”
Dr Rondé says: “We are cautiously optimistic as the textile sector begins to show signs of recovery. I am confident that Saurer will be able to benefit tremendously from new opportunities in the coming years.”
The Saurer Group, founded in 1853, is a leading, globally active technology company with a focus on machines and components for yarn production. As a company with a long heritage, textile machinery, automobiles and engines have been all important parts of the company’s portfolio during the historical development of Saurer. Saurer has always been an innovation leader. Today, Saurer consists of two segments: Spinning Solutions, which offers high-quality, technologically advanced and customer-specific automated solutions for staple fibre processing from bale to yarn, and Saurer Technologies, which specialises in twisting and embroidery solutions. With around 4 000 employees, the Saurer Group, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, China, India, Uzbekistan, and Singapore, is well equipped to serve the world’s textile centres. Saurer is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (WKN: 600545).