Eckelmann establishes a subsidiary in France
Image 1: Congratulations on the new role: Baudelaire Meli Dountsop is the new General Manager of Eckelmann SAS France. (from left to right CEO Philipp Eckelmann, Baudelaire Meli Dountsop and Thomas Behr, Vice President Refrigeration & Building Automation). (Photo: Eckelmann AG)
Eckelmann is further expanding its presence in France: The German automation provider founded Eckelmann SAS with headquarters in Lyon at the end of April 2022. Baudelaire Meli Dountsop was appointed Directeur général. He has been Sales Manager France since 2019 and looked after existing and new customers in France and francophone European countries.
Eckelmann SAS is now expanding its competence team in Lyon and, in addition to focusing on refrigeration and building automation, would also like to act more as a solution partner for industrial automation in mechanical and plant engineering. For customers in France, the on-site presence of Eckelmann means even more comprehensive technical and sales support without language barriers and simplified order processing. In addition to internationally operating machine builders, satisfied customers already include numerous hairdressers, food retailers and wholesalers.
Competent Franco-German economic cooperation
The AHK is an important bridge between Germany and France: During the founding phase, Eckelmann received excellent support and advice from the Franco-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (La Chambre Franco-Allemande de Commerce et d'Industrie). "We have found the cooperation with the AHK to be very fruitful," emphasizes Thomas Behr , Vice President Refrigeration & Building Automation. “We benefit from the in-depth knowledge of the French market and practical information on legal issues. We also feel that we are in the best of hands here when it comes to further developing business relationships in France.”
Personal details: Baudelaire Meli Dountsop, General Manager at Eckelmann SAS
Meli Dountsop has been involved with refrigeration and air conditioning technology since his school days in Cameroon. After graduating from a technical high school with this focus, he studied heat engineering and energy in France. With a technical specialization in refrigeration technology, he has earned two master's degrees - one in industrial engineering and one with a focus on quality, safety and the environment. Meli Dountsop gained professional experience at companies in the field of energy and air conditioning technology, including a well-known French manufacturer of air conditioning and chillers. Since 2019, Meli Dounstop has significantly expanded Eckelmann's activities in France and identified market opportunities for further growth. He speaks French, English and German.
Image 2: Baudelaire Meli Dountsop, General Manager at Eckelmann SAS (Photo: Eckelmann AG)