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Integration of FAG and INA bearing firms now complete

Schweinfurt, Germany -- Integration efforts consolidating the industrial activities of Germany's FAG Kugelfischer A...


Industry

May 7, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Schweinfurt, Germany — Integration efforts consolidating the industrial activities of Germany’s FAG Kugelfischer AG of Schweinfurt and INA-Schaeffler KG of Herzogenaurach have been successfully completed for the Schaeffler Group Industrial Division, and a new common structure is now in place.

“In creating this powerful organization we will be able to add significant muscle to our global competitive capabilities, which is characterized by structural changes,” said Dr. Jrgen M. Geiinger, president and CEO of FAG Kugelfischer AG and INA-Holding Schaeffler KG.

“The new Schaeffler Group structure has clear functional responsibilities for all member companies, and this is the basis for our global efforts to strengthen our innovative power, flexibility and speed,” he said.

Over the past few months, the Schaeffler Group has introduced identical organizational structures at INA and FAG. Against the background of reorganization efforts in the Schaeffler Group Industrial Division, effective March 1, 2004, the FAG supervisory board appointed Robert Schullan as chairman of the board of FAG Kugelfischer AG. Geiinger, who was the previous board chairman, has assumed the duties of chairman of the supervisory board of FAG Kugelfischer AG.

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In addition, Hans-Jrgen Goslar has been appointed as a new member of the FAG board of directors as well as a new executive vice-president at INA-Schaeffler KG (INA). Goslar, previously employed at Conti Teves, will assume responsibility for engineering for the entire Schaeffler Group Industrial Division and the FAG Business Unit Wheel Bearings.

Schullan, who also is executive vice-president at INA-Schaeffler KG, has been in charge of the Industrial and Distribution divisions at INA-Schaeffler KG since 1998. After joining INA-Schaeffler KG in 1985, he held various managerial positions in sales and application engineering and contributed greatly to the positive development of these two company departments. For over a year now, he has also been responsible for Industrial Sales at FAG Kugelfischer AG.

These personnel changes complete the reorganization process in the Industrial Division. It is particularly in this division that FAG’s and INA’s product ranges complement each other.

Four group-wide application groups have been implemented: production machinery, heavy industry, power transmission and rail technology, as well as consumer products. The sales departments also have been consolidated: “In bringing these resources together, we wanted to consolidate our expertise and offer our customers even better support and service,” said Schullan.