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June 14, 2016

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Netstal names new CEO

Switzerland’s Netstal-Maschinen AG, a member of the KraussMaffei Group, today announced the appointment of Renzo Davatz as its new CEO effective July 1, 2016. He will replace Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz, who, ending a tenure that started in 2012, will now assume a new role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Netstal.

Davatz’s 25-year career with the injection molding machine supplier started in 1989, when he joined the company as an apprentice electrical engineer. He subsequently rose rapidly through the ranks, first becoming Head of Technical Service and later Head of After Sales. Prior to this latest appointment, he served as Vice President of Service, both at Netstal and in the overall segment Injection Molding Machinery of the KraussMaffei Group, and he will continue to perform these duties going forward.

Gotz said he was “delighted” with Renzo Davatz as his successor. “In recent years he played a pivotal role in establishing an excellent global position for the service business area of Netstal. I am convinced that he will be successful in managing the Netstal company and further developing the company from a strategic perspective,” he commented.

The choice of Davatz as Golz’s successor reflect Netstal ‘s focus on continuity and stability in the global positioning of the company and the Netstal brand.

"Netstal is regarded by customers around the world as a premium supplier of high-performance and high-precision injection molding machinery,” said Davatz.  “I would like to strengthen this leading position and the operational business success together with Markus Dal Pian as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, with whom I have enjoyed a very good working relationship for many years.”.

He also underscored the importance of the Näfels site – also over the long term - as a competence center for high-speed premium products with short cycle times and ultimate precision, particularly in the light of today’s extremely competitive and cost-intensive international environment.

"My goal is to offer our customers the best products and services also in the future. The safeguarding and development of the Näfels site over the long term is especially important to me. Netstal should continue to be a key employer in the canton of Glarus. Because the heart of Netstal has been beating here in Näfels for over 150 years. And it should remain this way,” declared Davatz.

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