New appointments at Durst, Josero, Drytac, EOS and 6K

Helmuth Munter, who has run Durst’s digital label and flexible packaging division worldwide since 2008, is to retire at the end of 2021 after more than 40 years with the company. To replace him, Durst has recruited Thomas Macina, who has spent 15 years with HP, including managing the HP Indigo labels business for the EMEA region since 2016.

Thomas Macina will replace Helmuth Munter as the global head of Durst’s labels and flexible packaging division.

Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group, commented: “All of us at the Durst Group would like to thank Helmuth for his great dedication, excellent performance, and loyalty. What could be better than retiring at the zenith of one’s career? We wish Helmuth all the best in this new phase of his life.” 

He continued: “At the same time, I would like to warmly welcome Thomas Macina to the Durst family,” adding: “We are delighted to have gained a real market expert for the company, and someone who also has his roots in South Tyrol. The current pandemic situation has also been favorable to us as it has given us sufficient time to ensure an smooth transition. I am convinced that Thomas will continue to drive the Tau success story together with the entire label team.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Winterbottom has been promoted from business development manager to managing director of Josero. Loic Delor, who founded the company in 2003 will remain as a company director but is stepping back from the day-to-day running of the business to focus on product development and special projects such as dealing with the fallout from the UK’s Brexit withdrawal as well as running Josero’s spares business. 

Delor commented: “When Sarah joined the business, she brought different experience, energy and perspective. Within a few weeks it became very clear that she integrated very well into the team, and embraced Josero’s core business values and spirit, and from there Sarah contributed over and beyond her role, exceeding all expectations. Josero has grown a lot over the years and there was a need for a new face with the right energy and vision and the ability to take the company to the next level, and Sarah is the perfect person to take on that challenge.”

Drytac has promoted Phil Webster from Technical Sales Manager to Head of Industrial Sales (EMEA). Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the promotion of Phil to the role of Head of Industrial Sales for EMEA. He has a proven track record of excellence and has been instrumental in the growth of our non-catalogue solutions, as well as expanding our presence in new markets.”

Stephen Ridyard has joined Drytac as Technical Manager, UK. He has a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Chemistry, and a strong track record in developing coatings, inks and adhesives, security features and films through all stages, from initial innovative idea to commercialisation.

In the US, Kent Firestone has become senior vice president of operations for EOS, where he will oversee the manufacturing, field service, logistics, quality and materials activities within EOS’ North American operations. Firestone has spent 30 years working in the 3D printing business, most recently as CEO for Stratasys Direct. 

Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America. “Industrial 3D printing has matured to a point where it’s viable for production-ready parts and should absolutely be a tool in every manufacturer’s toolbox. Kent’s experience and leadership will play an important role in helping EOS get more organizations ingrained in AM moving forward.” 

At the same time, Joe Kennedy III, a former congressman for Massachusetts has joined the Board of Directors of 6K, which has developed the UniMelt system, an industrial microwave plasma platform, for the sustainable production of advanced materials for manufacturing. He is well known for his stance on clean energy and commented: “Today there are virtually zero battery materials being produced in the United States, costing the country good jobs and tremendous economic opportunity. 6K has huge potential to change this dynamic, enabling us to bring cost-effective and environmentally-friendly battery material production to US soil. The company is powerfully aligned with our new administration’s commitment to U.S. job creation and clean technology and will further solidify Massachusetts’ leadership on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing.”

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