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Brandauer Retirement Ends Era at Voith Paper

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After almost 37 years with Voith Paper, Germany, Kurt F. Brandauer, president of the company's Paper Machines Division and a member of the Voith Paper Board of Management, retired effective yesterday, November 30. His successor will be Andreas Endters.

Brandauer has been central to the development of Voith Paper over the past decades. His corporate career at the company began in 1975, after successful completion of his studies in mechanical engineering. After only three years at the Heidenheim, Germany, headquarters, he was sent to Voith S.A. in Brazil to take over as manager of the engineering department. Over succeeding years, he was responsible for various areas, including "Paper Machine Technology." In 1992 he became director of Voith S.A. Brazil and a short time later was appointed to the Paper Technology Board of Management. Eventually, from 2000, Brandauer directed Voith's paper business in all of South America. During this time, he vigorously pursued the company's re-entry into the tissue market.

In August 2002, Brandauer returned from Brazil to Heidenheim to become the president of Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG. In this position, he was also director of sales. In 2004 he was appointed to the Voith Paper Board of Management, responsible for what was then the Graphic Machines Division. In the past few years, the Ravensburg, Düren, Heidenheim, Krefeld, and St. Pölten locations were consolidated as one organizational unit under his direction. Now called the Paper Machines Division, it has total annual sales of EUR 1.1 billion worldwide and has 4,400 employees.

Endters takes office today, December 1. An industrial engineer, he started his professional career in 1991 at Sulzer-Escher Wyss in Ravensburg. Four years later he joined Voith Paper, where he eventually led what was then the Rolls Division from 2004 to 2008 and also represented this division as a member of Voith Paper's Board of Management. During the past few years, he has been a member of the Management Board of the Voith Hydro Group Division.


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