07. October 2022

Volker Kugel joins the management team of Eckelmann AG

Volker Kugel neu im Vorstandsteam der Eckelmann AG

Image: Volker Kugel (left) succeeds Peter Frankenbach as CEO of Eckelmann AG (Photo Eckelmann AG)


The Eckelmann AG Supervisory Board has appointed Volker Kugel to the new Management Board. The experienced manager in mechanical and plant engineering was most recently a board member at Trapo AG and will take up his new position with the Wiesbaden-based specialist for industrial automation and digitization on April 1, 2022. There he will be responsible for the Automation Projects and Automation Service departments, which were previously headed by Board Member Peter Frankenbach. After 35 years at Eckelmann AG, Peter Frankenbach will retire on June 30, 2022. The other members of the Executive Board remain Dr.-Ing. Marco Münchhof and Philipp Eckelmann as CEO.

Hubertus Krossa, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eckelmann AG: “We are very pleased to be able to bring Volker Kugel, a profound expert in mechanical and plant engineering, i.e. the world of our customers, on board. In addition to this professional competence, we see important potential for the realization of the growth and development plans of Eckelmann AG in his many years of board and management experience. We wish him success and every success in his new role.”

Volker Kugel (53) supplemented his first degree in mechanical engineering with a second degree in industrial engineering. He deliberately preceded his practical training as a machinist. This was followed by international positions as a project and sales engineer, area sales manager, product manager and sales and marketing manager in the sales department of well-known mechanical engineering companies. From 2012 to 2015 he was the managing director of Maschinenfabrik Möllers GmbH. Most recently, as sole director, he was responsible for the business of TRAPO AG, a mechanical engineering specialist for industrial automation in production, warehousing and intralogistics.

Volker Kugel explains: "I am pleased to be able to help shape the business development of Eckelmann AG as a member of the Management Board in a time of digital transformation. I am convinced by the high technical competence, the projects and the exciting target industries. As a medium-sized high-tech company, Eckelmann AG is an example of the efficiency of our country. Their 'capital' are excellently trained engineers and specialists. The common goal is to use these technologies with innovative, sustainable solutions to the benefit of people, nature and the economy. It appeals to me to leverage the potential and strengths of an experienced automation provider like Eckelmann AG in order to continue the success internationally and to secure it in the long term."