We are Voith Digital Solutions

“We want to become the preferred partner for our customers for Industrie 4.0 in our industries” Dr. Roland Münch, CEO of the Group Division Voith Digital Solutions (DS), on new customers, new markets and future prospects.

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Dr. Münch, why Voith has decided to set up the new Division?

Voith has always been committed to actively shaping change in our industry. If this is to continue, we have to align ourselves fully with the megatrend of digitalization. As one of the decisive players, we want to bundle our forces to promote and coin the digital revolution in engineering. The establishment of Voith Digital Solutions (DS) has been a major milestone to achieve this. With the Group Division we will develop digital solutions for existing as well as for new costumers, will create new sales opportunities and will enter new markets.

How does plant engineering fit in with Industrie 4.0 and what are the benefits for our customers?

The intelligent networking of industrial systems and manufacturing plants is based first and foremost on cutting-edge information and communications technology. So the contribution made by IT to our value chains – and those of our customers – will steadily increase. We are keen to pursue both directions, by supplying our customers with more intelligent systems, and of course by using those systems in our own business. This is why we will be expanding and enhancing our IT competencies. Of course, engineering will still be the company's core competency. Designing and building world-class equipment and plant engineering for our customers remains at the heart of our business, but we will be linking this to a more integrated product portfolio involving automation, sensor technology and data analysis.

Can you name examples of products in the area of digital development we’re already offering to our customers?

We already provide digital products and services for our customers. Every one of our Group Divisions already has a number of market-ready automation products that will form the basis of future Industrie 4.0 solutions. However, in order to be able to react with greater speed and effectiveness and make better use of synergies and by doing so to even better promote the development of new solutions, it is now the task of the new Digital Solutions management team to bring together existing competencies and skills within Voith Digital Solutions.

Why should a customer choose Voith?

Our profound industry knowledge is the key here. Our unique knowledge of industrial production processes and the required manufacturing facilities give us a major competitive advantage – for example, compared to classic IT companies, who will increasingly become our competitors.


Meet the management team!

Voith builds the Group Division Digital Solutions – meet the people, who create the new division and develop digital solutions for the customers: We are experts from various fields with profound knowledge and many years of experience in engineering, IT and business management.

 

Dr. Roland Münch

Member of the Corporate Board of Management, Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Digital Solutions

After studying electrical engineering at The Fridericiana University in Karlsruhe, Dr. Roland Münch worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for General Electric Engineering and High-Voltage Technology at RWTH Technical University Aachen, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1990.

In 1991 Dr. Münch joined the ABB Group as a design engineer. After various senior positions he was appointed as President of ABB Calor Emag Schaltanlagen AG, Mannheim in 1998. In 1999 he went to ABB Malaysia as CEO und Country Manager.

In 2002 Dr. Münch joined the Voith Paper Management Board, assuming responsibility for the paper technology activities of Jagenberg AG, following the company's acquisition by Voith. In October 2002 he took over as Head of the Business Division Voith Paper Automation. In 2006 he was appointed to the Management Board of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA and he has been in charge of the Group Division Voith Hydro since 2008.

Since January, 1, 2016 he has been the Chairman of the Management Board of the Group Division Voith Digital Solutions

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Martin Sieringhaus 

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Sieringhaus is the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Group Division Voith Digital Solutions and responsible for Finance, Commercial & Administration. He previously headed the Project Management Office for the companywide success program Voith 150+. The industrial engineer has held various management positions at Voith in Germany and China since 1999.

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Christer Parkegren 

Business Line: Automation – Systems and Products

Christer Parkegren's most recent position was CEO of Voith Hydro GmbH & Co. KG in Heidenheim. Parkegren has been employed by Voith since 2006 and has many years of experience in the field of automation in hydropower. He previously held various management positions at ABB and ABB/Alstom and was Managing Director of the Swedish companies VG Power AB and Recotech AB.

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Martin Schiller 

Business Line: Business Applications and IT Infrastructure

Martin Schiller comes to Digital Solutions from the Voith IT Solutions GmbH. There he has been the CEO of the Management Board since its foundation 2002. Four years before taking up his Board appointment, he was appointed CIO of the entire Group. Martin Schiller studied mathematics and IT at the Technical University of Munich before starting work with IBM, where he remained from 1986 to 1990.

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Bernd Stibi 

Business Line: Automation – Service and Upgrades

Before joining Digital Solutions, Bernd Stibi was a member of the Management Board of Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG, where he was responsible for the Business Line Products & Services (P&S) EMEA. Since joining Voith as a service engineer in 1996, Bernd Stibi has held various management positions at the Ravensburg, Appleton and Heidenheim locations.

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Dr. Teemu Tunkelo 

Business Line: Platform Services and Voith Digital Machine

Dr. Teemu Tunkelo has headed the Program Management Office (PMO) Industrie 4.0 at Voith since October 1, 2015. Prior to joining Voith, he held senior positions at Nokia, Siemens, ABB and Invensys. He also set up two development centers in India to promote initiatives in the areas of research, development and engineering in the energy and automation markets.

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Matthew Watts 

Sales & Sales Concepts

Matthew Watts has more than 20 years of experience in the paper industry. His most recent position was at Voith Paper as Senior Vice President for Papermaking 4.0. Before starting his career at Voith Paper in 2002, Matthew Watts worked for Aylesford Newsprint.

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