The MAHLE Group is adding a new business unit for electronics and mechatronics. The move further develops the company’s alternative powertrain technologies strategic plans. Corresponding changes to the MAHLE Management Board will be effective on Jan. 1.
“In taking this step, we’re actively reinforcing our innovative strength in the field of alternative drives,” said Heinz K. Junker, chairman of the supervisory board of MAHLE.
MAHLE has concentrated its electrics and electronics activities in its Mechatronics division, which has grown significantly in the last few years, according to the company.
“By transferring these activities into a business unit and combining it with the product areas of compressors and pumps for strategic purposes, we are focusing all our efforts on further growth and the ongoing development of our product portfolio for the mobility of the future,” said Jörg Stratmann, CEO of the MAHLE Group.
Wilhelm Emperhoff, who is currently responsible for the Filtration and Engine Peripherals business unit, the Mechatronics division, and the Pumps profit center on the Management Board, has been appointed as head of the new business unit. In the future, this segment will include the present Mechatronics division, the Compressors profit center, and the Pumps profit center.
Martin Weidlich was appointed by the Supervisory Board to succeed Wilhelm Emperhoff as the head of the Filtration and Engine Peripherals business unit and as a new Member of the MAHLE Management Board.
Both of these personnel changes will become effective Jan. 1.
From 1989, Emperhoff worked in various roles at Siemens Automotive before moving to Continental AG in 2007 to become executive vice president of the Gasoline Systems business unit. He served as the COO of Behr-Hella Thermocontrol between 2009 and 2012 and has been a Member of the MAHLE Management Board since October 2012.
Weidlich began his career at the Ford Motor Co. in 1991. In January 2001, he moved to Getrag Magna Powertrain (formerly Getrag) where he held numerous positions, ultimately acting as vice president research & development and director core engineering from 2010 to 2013. Martin Weidlich joined Benteler Automobiltechnik in January 2014, and is currently the company’s executive vice president Western Europe.