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Rainer Kurtz: Change to Advisory Board

Focus on long-term Corporate Success

After 40 years, Rainer Kurtz moves from the Executive Chair to the Advisory Board

When Rainer Kurtz joined the company in 1982, Kurtz Ersa generated around 20 million Euro with a total of 365 employees – today, sales are almost 14 times as high: 275 million Euro (2021), generated by 1,250 employees worldwide. With a view to IT, the introduction of SAP or process thinking in all business areas, as well as the leading design of the Kurtz Ersa organization and the corporate and holding structure, Rainer Kurtz drove forward trend-setting changes at an early stage and with foresight – today, the entire group benefits from this. For four decades, Rainer Kurtz has been contributing to the company with the highest level of commitment. He started at Kurtz GmbH as head of mechanical engineering and development – at that time, the foundry machine shop was also established for diversification purposes. From 1993, Rainer Kurtz took over the position of Managing Director of Ersa GmbH and, from 1997, the function of CEO in the entire Group – and for a long time he was active beyond the boundaries of the Group in important associations such as the VDMA and the Productronica Advisory Board. In doing so, he set the course for major trends such as electromobility, automation, Industry 4.0 or 5G communication at an early stage.

Growing sustainably

Rainer Kurtz has consistently committed himself to sustainability and has given the Group a consistent sustainability program. On this path to successful sustainability, Rainer Kurtz has set ambitious ESG targets for himself and the Group. By 2029 – the company´s 250th anniversary – the company will be CO2 neutral. Specific goals are being pursued in six corporate divisions and accompanied by top management under his aegis. The conversion of the vehicle fleet to electronic drives, the generation of energy through photovoltaics, or the avoidance of travel through the digital infrastructure that he is pushing for are the first practical examples of implementation for a long-term package of measures.

Social responsibility for people and nature

[Translate to Englisch:] Im Sinne des ONE TEAM  engagiert sich Rainer Kurtz für seine Mitarbeiterinnen In the sense of ONE TEAM, Rainer Kurtz is committed to his employees – recently, for example, with the foundation of the in-house HAMMER ACADEMY, in which all Kurtz Ersa employees can deepen their know-how, and the communication platform HAMMER APP, which regularly provides all employees with news on their smartphones. Rainer Kurtz also has a big heart for culture and people in the Main-Spessart region. Whether it is the Mozart Festival, the local community, sports clubs or the local observatory – the foundation supports where necessary, always with a sense of proportion and foresight. For example, a foundation professorship is supported in order to further educate students and to inspire them for Kurtz Ersa at an early stage. Rainer Kurtz has always steered the Kurtz Ersa Group very confidently through difficult waters, such as the dotcom or financial crisis. He continues to leave behind a well-tilled field – with record figures in the last year in his responsibility as CEO, a tidy corporate structure with a focus on global mechanical engineering, a well-rehearsed management team, very stable key financial figures and a successfully structured transition to the seventh generation of shareholders. Even with his move to the Advisory Board, Rainer Kurtz will remain closely associated with the company. Many thanks for an absolutely unique commitment in the service of the Kurtz Ersa Group!

Milestones Rainer Kurtz

  • 1974–1979 Study of mechanical engineering at TU Berlin
  • 1982 Joined Kurtz GmbH, Head of Mechanical Engineering and Development
  • 1987 Managing Director Kurtz Foundry Machines
  • 1993 Managing Director Ersa GmbH
  • 1997 Managing Director Kurtz Holding
  • Since 2001 Chairman of the Board of Management of the Kurtz Ersa Group
  • Since 2010 Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Productronica trade fair
  • 04/2022 Change from CEO to Advisory Board
 
 
 

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