Sumitomo (SHI) Demag: Axel Kunze Wiehe’s new Production Manager
Axel Kunze has been appointed as the new Production Manager of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH in Wiehe, effective 1 November 2021. The flagship facility which employees 290 team members and currently produces close to 1,000 IntElect machines annually, also functions as the Group’s German competence centre.
As a mechanical engineer, Kunze brings a depth of expertise coupled with strong local connections to the facility. Having grown up and attended school in Wiehe, as a tenth grader, Kunze accepted an offer from the site’s former VEB Plastmaschinenwerk Wiehe. Straight from secondary school he completed a three-year technical degree at Wildau. During the early 1990s all this academic knowledge was consolidated with a diploma thesis covering assembly concepts for electronic control cabinets in collaboration with Mannesmann-Demag.
With no vacancies at the time with the traditional mechanical engineering company, Kunze accepted a position with a nearby German automotive supplier, progressing to factory manager. For nearly two decades he’s been based in Kentucky, USA, managing Mubea’s production system progressing to running the plant as Operations Manager. Returning to his hometown and the company that set him on his career pathway, Kunze amalgamates all this processing and lean manufacturing expertise as Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s new Production Manager.