Otto Urbanek, the former technology guru at Engel Holding GmbH, has resurfaced - in a top technical and production post at Mannesmann Plastics Machinery GmbH.
Urbanek will join MPM's managing board Nov. 1 in a newly created position. He will be responsible for production, technology and intellectual property.
Munich, Germany-based MPM is the world's largest plastics machinery manufacturer, employing 6,200. MPM makes injection molding machines, extruders and other equipment under the brands of Krauss-Maffei, Demag Plastics Group, Netstal, Berstorff and Billion.
Adding Urbanek means MPM's board has increased from three members to four.
``With his appointment, the MPM Group intends to further strengthen its technical competence in the continuation of its multibrand strategy,'' MPM said in a news release.
MPM is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a New York investment firm.
Urbanek left Engel a year ago, after spending more than 20 years at the Schwertberg, Austria, maker of injection molding machines. During much of his tenure at Engel, Urbanek held top technical positions, including head of research and development. He was responsible for a series of innovations and patents.
After receiving his engineering degree from Vienna University of Technology in Austria, Urbanek at first focused on reactor safety technology. He earned a doctorate in a specialized area of fluid mechanics. He joined Engel in the early 1980s.
In other people news from MPM, Josef MÃ¤rtl was promoted at Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH. The Munich-based maker of injection presses, extruders and polyurethane processing equipment is the largest unit of MPM.
MÃ¤rtl was promoted from speaker of the Krauss-Maffei managing board to chairman, effective Oct. 1. MÃ¤rtl has worked at Krauss-Maffei since 1979 and has served on the managing board since 2000.