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Hauzer Techno Coating announces new CEO

Thomas Krug stepped down as CEO of IHI Hauzer Techno Coating B.V. on the 1st of July. His successor is Jeroen Landsbergen. “Our plasma technology and equipment to produce hard coatings for the tool and automotive industry has a lot of potential,” Landsbergen says. “Many industries could use the functionality of hard coatings and our aim is to spread our expertise and make it affordable.”

The 10 years that Thomas Krug was Hauzer’s CEO were characterized by change and growth. “In 2008 we joined the Japanese IHI Group,” Krug says, “which opened up new horizons, gave us new opportunities and new challenges. We grew from a €16 million company to a turnover of €35 million, meanwhile doubling our employee count from 60 to 120. I am very glad that during this decade I have cooperated with a highly qualified team and many very competent customers.” Krug will still be part of the advisory board for the next two years.

Jeroen Landsbergen

Landsbergen joined Hauzer as product manager decorative applications in 2004, the same year that Krug started as CEO. In 2008 he took over the marketing and sales responsibility and joined the company’s board as CCO. “In my new role as CEO I will continue along the road that has been so recognizable for Hauzer; focusing on technology and cooperation,” Landsbergen explains. “These two focus points have brought us to where we are today and I am convinced that they will bring us even further in the coming years. Our plasma technology for hard coatings contributes hugely to the green world of the future. The coatings reduce wear, increase the lifetime of components, tools and decorative products and they reduce friction. In automotive engines this means less fuel consumption and thus less CO2 emissions. On tools it means a ten-fold longer lifetime.”

“These functionalities could be used on a much broader scale,” Landsbergen continues, “replacing environment-damaging technologies, and we will put in the efforts to make this possible. Innovation is often just seen in the context of improved performance. I would like to broaden this perspective to include improved productivity and cost-efficiency. With these extra innovations, our environmentally friendly hard coating technologies will become affordable for many new industries. In the meantime, we will strengthen our position by developing new technologies and creatively improving our modular batch and inline machines. Together with our customers and partners in research centers and universities we will be able to improve our existing solutions and seize new opportunities in, for example, energy storage and many other fields of the future. Our very skilled team of technical experts is ready for new challenges.”

2 July 2014


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