Kurt Brandauer to Retire from Voith After Nearly 37 Years of Service

Kurt F. Brandauer

Nov. 29, 2011 - Voith Paper said that Kurt F. Brandauer, President of the Paper Machines Division and member of the Voith Paper Board of Management, is retiring on November 30, 2011.

Brandauer, who has been with Voith for almost 37 years, will be succeeded by Andreas Endters.

Brandauer (61) has been central to the development of Voith Paper over the past decades. His corporate career at Voith Paper began in 1975, after successful completion of his studies in mechanical engineering.

After only three years at the Heidenheim headquarters, Brandauer was sent to Voith S.A. in Brazil to take over as manager of the engineering department. Over succeeding years he was responsible for various areas, including “Paper Machine Technology.”

In 1992, Brandauer became Director of Voith S.A. Brazil and a short time later was appointed to the Paper Technology Board of Management. Eventually, from 2000, Brandauer was to direct Voith's paper business in all of South America. During this time he vigorously pursued the company's re-entry into the tissue market.

In August 2002, Brandauer returned from Brazil to Heidenheim in order to become the President of Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG. In this position he was also Director of Sales. In 2004 he was appointed to the Voith Paper Board of Management, responsible for what was then the Graphic Machines Division. In the last few years the Ravensburg, Duren, Heidenheim, Krefeld and St. Polten locations were consolidated as one organizational unit under his direction. Now called the Paper Machines Division, it has total annual sales of 1.1 billion euros worldwide and has 4,400 employees.

Andreas Endters, an industrial engineer, began his professional career in 1991 at Sulzer-Escher Wyss in Ravensburg. Four years later he joined Voith Paper, where he eventually led what was then the Rolls Division from 2004 to 2008 and also represented this division as a member of Voith Paper's Board of Management.

During the last few years, Endters has served as a member of the Management Board of the Voith Hydro Group Division.

SOURCE: Voith Paper