The members of Germany's VDMA Glass Technology Forum have unanimously elected Egbert Wenninger, as their new Chairman for the next three years.

Mr Wenninger, 51, is Senior Vice President Business Unit Glass at Grenzebach Maschinenbau in Asbach-Bäumenheim. Mr Wenninger’s Deputy will be Siegfried Glaser, Managing Director of Glaser FMB in Beverungen.

Wenninger, who has been a Member of the Board of the industry association since 2011, will be focusing on the acquisition of new members and strengthening the role of the Glass Technology Forum as a platform for all German mechanical and plant engineers in this field.

It is important to him to ‘introduce further important players into the Glass Technology Forum and to strengthen the position of German glass machine manufacturers on the global market.’

He succeeds Dr. Bernd Holger Zippe, Executive Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen, who advocated a change after serving as Chairman of the Board for eight years and did not stand for reelection.

His long-serving Deputy Dr. Harald Jodeit, Managing Director of JSJ Jodeit, also stepped down.

As their term had ended, the entire board of the VDMA Glass Technology Forum was newly elected at the General Assembly held in Düsseldorf.

As well as Wenninger and Glaser, Bernhard Hötger, Managing Director of HEGLA in Beverungen, Christoph Hermanns, Managing Director of MDI Advanced Processing in Mainz and Günther Mlynar, Managing Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen in Wertheim, are members of the Board of Directors.

Wenninger represents 60 mostly small and medium-sized companies in the glass specialism of the German mechanical and plant engineering sector. These internationally active companies generate turnover totaling approximately €1 billion.

Pictured: Egbert Wenninger (left) will head the VDMA Glass Technology Forum for a period of three years in an honorary capacity. His predecessor Dr. Bernd-Holger Zippe (right).