Heye International Managing Director Dirk Pörtner has retired after more than 40 years in the glass industry and 13 years of management activity at the company.

Achim Prange (CTO) and Jens Langer (CCO) will take over the tasks of Mr Pörtner in addition to their previous fields of activity.

Mr Langer has been with the company for six years and is now responsible for sales, product management, marketing, service, IT, human resources and finance.

Mr Prange has been working in various management positions at Heye for over 20 years and will be responsible for the areas of development, production, logistics, purchasing, quality, application engineering and project management in the future.

Mr Pörtner was given a small retirement event due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Henrik Bonné, COO Ardagh Glass Europe, said: “I would like to thank Dirk Pörtner for his outstanding work and success, not only at Heye-International, but also in the Ardagh Group.

“In particular, his knowledge and experience in the glass industry and his charismatic personality will be remembered by employees, colleagues and customers.

“He made a significant contribution to the positive development and growth of Heye-International.

“All in the Ardagh Glass family wish him all the best in this new phase of his life, and that he continues to enjoy good health and activities according to his desire.

“I am sure that our paths will cross in the future and I look forward to it."

Mr Pörtner added: "I look back with great gratitude and a certain pride on what we, as the Heye team, have created in recent years.

“Together we faced many challenges and celebrated many successes. I am proud of all that we accomplished together, and I am especially proud of all of my colleagues at Heye-International.”