Stephan Braig, a native of Switzerland who has held executive posts at U.S. packaging and robot manufacturing operations, will become the new top North American executive for injection press and robot maker Engel Machinery Inc.
Engel has plants in Guelph, Ontario, and York, Pa. Braig will have offices at both locations. Engel plans to invest $4 million in the next three years to modernize the Guelph plant, which makes small and midsized presses. The site in York, where Engel is based, makes large-tonnage machines.
Braig takes over as president and chief executive officer this month. He replaces Walter Jungwirth, who is returning to Schwertberg, Austria, headquarters of its parent company, Engel Austria GmbH. He will lead Engel's global business unit for packaging.
Jungwirth came to Engel's North American operations in late 2001 as executive vice president of sales and marketing. The company promoted him to president and CEO in early 2003.
Braig, 46, earned a mechanical engineering degree from Federal Technical Institute in Switzerland, and a certificate in marketing from Harvard University.
Braig comes to Engel from Euro Packaging LLC, a film and bag maker in Salem, N.H., where he was president. Before that, he was president and CEO of Automated Assemblies Corp., a robot maker in Clinton, Mass.