Strictly speaking, the new managing director is an old hand: The 37-year-old Malte Stonis has been working at the institute already for ten years, at the beginning as project engineer, then as registered manager – and since 1 September 2016 as managing director.
At the IPH, about 30 scientists work on research projects in the field of automation engineering, forming technology and intralogistics. Moreover, they provide industrial companies with consulting services, such as factory planning, manufacturing layout and production automation. The goal of Stonis is to strengthen the business relations with industry, improve the IPH’s international visibility and attract new customers abroad.
In the field of research, which is the institute’s core business, Stonis wants to concentrate on the key issues, i.e. on Industry 4.0, the digitalisation of production, and on XXL products, the manufacturing of large-scale products such as wind energy plants, ships or aircraft.