Kurtz Ersa Magazine


Team spirit is in the foreground

Ralph Knecht, CEO of the Kurtz Ersa Group
Ralph Knecht, CEO of the Kurtz Ersa Group

I have tackled the new task as CEO of Kurtz Ersa with great respect and pleasure. Rainer Kurtz is at my side as a mentor and remains with the company as an advisory board member, continuing to contribute his know-how and 40 years of experience. The shoes I have to fill are huge. But I do not have to master the challenges ahead on my own. Rather, I have more than 1,400 colleagues behind me who are all working towards the same goal and want to further expand the corporate success of the Kurtz Ersa Group. The team and the people at Kurtz Ersa are unique. The energy and the existing knowledge, which I feel and experience every day, confirm me on the path I have chosen. We have set ourselves great goals and I am sure: Together we will achieve them!

Parts supply remains a major challenge. The task force we have set up for this purpose is working tirelessly to find precisely tailored solutions for our customers. Here, everyone is pulling in the same direction – with revised processes, direct communication and huge commitment, the Kurtz Ersa team is keeping delivery capability at a high level.

The first joint appearance of Schiller Automation GmbH and Kurtz Ersa Automation was extremely gratifying. The successful trade fair appearance at Automatica in Munich proves that the joint range of services is very well received by customers and visitors. The competences complement each other excellently, and the first overlapping projects have already been won. We see further growth potential in the international expansion of sales activities and joint development projects.

We have been at the start of our sustainability project “GoGreen250” since 2020. Initial initiatives have been launched in six different fields of action with the aim of being CO2 neutral by 2029, the 250th anniversary of the company. We are fully on track with our activities and are documenting this for the first time in our sustainability report. A nice distinction is the ESG rating we received in July 2022 – only a few medium-sized companies in Germany can boast this. Another major highlight was winning the GEO “Factory of the Year” award. We were honored along with other well-known companies. This made us all proud, and I would like to thank everyone who made a contribution here once again. We would like to thank all our customers and business partners for the excellent cooperation, even under difficult conditions, and are confident that we will be just as successful with you in the second half of 2022!

In good old tradition, I would also like
to express my Glück auf!
Your Ralph Knecht


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