NECKARSULM, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Effective July 1, 2014, Dr. Alexander Sagel (43) has been appointed head of KSPG's Hardparts division, which encompasses the following business units: Small-Bore Pistons, Large-Bore Pistons, Bearings, and Castings. The division incorporates the global operations of this automotive supplier within the Rheinmetall Group in the markets for small- and large-bore pistons, as well as plain bearings, continuous castings, engine blocks, cylinder heads, and structural components. The companies belonging to KSPG's Hardparts division will, in the future, be marketing their products under the well-known core brand of Kolbenschmidt.
In the Americas, the Hardparts division has manufacturing operations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Celaya, Mexico; and Nova Odessa, Brazil; and technical centers in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Nova Odessa, Brazil.
After earning his doctorate in materials science and working in various positions at Daimler AG, Dr. Sagel joined the KSPG Group in July 2005 as Director Business Development and Innovation Services at Kolbenschmidt. In 2010 he was named to oversee global marketing at Kolbenschmidt and KS Aluminium-Technologie. In April 2012 he assumed overall management responsibilities for the Group's Small-Bore Pistons operations. He will continue to head that business unit in addition to his new position at the helm of the Hardparts division.
The Hardparts division's management team also includes Dr. Peter Neu, Chief Financial Officer, and Volker Fütterer, Head of Hardparts Human Resources.
About KSPG AG
Part of the Rheinmetall Group, KSPG Group is one of the world's 100 largest auto suppliers with annual sales of about €2.46 billion ($3.35 billion USD). The company supplies components and assemblies for emission reduction and fuel savings; coolant, oil and vacuum pumps plus pistons, plain bearings, engine blocks, and cylinder heads. KSPG employs nearly 12,000 people at 36 production locations in Europe, the Americas, Japan, India, and China.
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