Continued growth for Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products under new management team
Kissing (Germany), 7 March 2024 Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO) is putting its subsidiary in Kissing, Germany, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products, a technology leader in components and system solutions for motion control and lifting technology, on course for further growth with a new top management team. Robert Kirner and Marc Philipp are the successors to Ulrich Hintermeier, who held senior positions in the company for 35 years and retired at the beginning of 2024 after several years as Managing Director.

Together with the management team, Robert Kirner as the new site manager will continue to focus the subsidiary and its Pfaff-silberblau brand on growth. Kirner has been with the company for 20 years and is a true Pfaff-silberblau veteran with a wealth of experience when it comes to strengthening the brand. Together with Marc Philipp, Senior Director Sales, he will shape the implementation of the growth strategy, including the development of product roadmaps, to consolidate market leadership, increase efficiency and continue to deliver profitable growth.

Robert Kirner said: "As the new site manager, I am looking forward to working closely with the global team to further strengthen our local presence in Kissing. Together, we will maximise synergies for the sustainable success of Columbus McKinnon, Pfaff-silberblau and our employees. As part of our overall global strategy, we will be setting the course for the future."

Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products in Kissing is one of many successful companies in the CMCO Group, which also includes the brands STAHL CraneSystems, Yale, Magnetek, Dorner Conveyors, Duff-Norton and montratec. CMCO plans to double its consolidated sales from one billion to two billion US dollars within five years.

A first for CMCO will be taking place in April: The two-day CMCO Customer Exchange & Show 2024, themed "Inspiration, Growth, Partnership", will bring together numerous key customers from across Europe at the Congress Hall in Augsburg to gain a first-hand insight into the Group's end-to-end solution offering. Several themed areas and technical presentations will help customers find the best solution for their specific needs.

Robert Kirner: "We will use this event to demonstrate that our brands not only stand alone, but also complement each other. We are capable of solving any challenge together with our customers and we look forward to doing so."

Note for the editorial team

We cordially invite you to attend the CMCO Customer Exchange & Show 2024 (16 and 17 April 2024 in Augsburg). At the event, you will be able to learn first-hand about CMCO, its future strategy and the Group's brands and products: The themed areas and technical presentations will showcase the comprehensive range of CMCO solutions.

You can register easily and informally by sending an email to Matthias May ( We are looking forward to seeing you there!

About Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products

Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH, Kissing, is a company of the listed Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO), Charlotte/USA, a leading supplier of lifting and handling technology. With its brand Pfaff-silberblau, the company in Kissing has been one of the technology leaders in components and system solutions for mechanical drive and lifting technology for decades. The portfolio ranges from high-quality worm gear screw jacks and innovative linear drives to high-performance lifting tables and wire rope winches. Based on these components, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products also offers customised solutions for a wide range of applications. From June 2023, this will also include the supply of traffic engineering components, complete project planning, assembly and maintenance of turnkey lifting systems for rolling stock used worldwide.

About Columbus McKinnon Corporation

With headquarters in Getzville, New York, the Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO) has more than 145 years of experience and employs over 3000 people worldwide. The company's best-known brands (Pfaff-silberblau, STAHL CraneSystems, Yale, Magnetek, Dorner Conveyors, Duff-Norton und montratec) offer a complete product portfolio, making it one of the world's leading suppliers in the development and manufacture of pioneering products for lifting, moving and positioning loads. CMCO is consistently geared to current and future market requirements, regardless of the type of application.
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