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Change of the managing board at Elotherm

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Johann Rinnhofer

Dr. Andreas Seitzer, with the SMS Elotherm GmbH since 1998 and Managing Director since 2003, will leave the company at his own request in order to address himself to new tasks. Andreas Seitzer sustainably contributed to the successful growth of the company and was the driving force for many innovative induction applications.

His successor, Honorary Professor Dr. Johann Rinnhofer, has taken office March 1st, 2015. The Mechanical Engineer with Doctor's degree contributes a wide experience of thermoprocess technology and related plant engineering, which will give positive impetus for the further development of Elotherm. After leading positions within the Voest Alpine group, nationally and internationally, Rinnhofer served as Chairman of the Board at Maerz-Gautschi Industrieofenanlagen in Düsseldorf/ Germany and COO at Hochtemperatur Engineering Gruppe. From 2008 to 2012, Johann Rinnhofer was Chairman of the Managing Board at Otto Junker group, a manufacturer of high-grade castings, heat treatment as well as induction systems for the foundry and semi-finished product industries. After acting as a consultant and a Managing Director's position at Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems, the 52-year-old was appointed for the Managing Board of SMS Elotherm. Johann Rinnhofer is honorary professor for Industrial Furnace Construction at the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria.

Johann Rinnhofer is the spokesmen of the Managing Board and takes responsibility for Technical and Sales departments. The commercial managing director Martin Schulteis accounts for finance, HR and Project Execution.

We cordially thank Dr. Seitzer for many years of successful buildup of the company and wish success in the business to him as well as all the best and health on a personal note.

Dr. Rinnhofer shall start off on the right foot and have the right touch for the Elotherm induction business.



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