Pirmasens, Germany -- Matthias Rampf took over as ceo of RAMPF Ecosystems GmbH & Co. KG based in Pirmasens, Germany, with effect from 1 Jan 2011.
He follows in the footsteps of his father Rudolf Rampf, who has retired from active management of the RAMPF Group. The Ecosystems unit has been part of the international grouping since 2003.
"If all goes well, then it is a relief to hand over responsibility," said Rudolf Rampf, completing what Rampf sees as another important step in securing the management succession of the group.
Rudolf Rampf said: "I have no doubt that my sons Michael and Matthias have what it takes to further expand our position as a strong medium-sized enterprise. My life's work is in the very best hands."
The 66-year-old founded the company 30 years ago, with his wife, but from now on, his role will be limited to that of chairman of RAMPF Holding GmbH & Co. KG.
RAMPF Group, headquartered in Grafenberg near Metzingen in Germany, has a workforce of around 410 and a planned turnover of Euro 85 million ($110 million) in fiscal 2010/2011. It sees itself as a leading name in the field of reactive casting resins and machine systems.
Alongside the German subsidiaries RAMPF Dosiertechnik (in Zimmern), RAMPF Giessharze (Grafenberg), RAMPF Tooling (Grafenberg), RAMPF Ecosystems (Pirmasens) and EPUCRET Mineralgusstechnik (Wangen in the Göppingen region), RAMPF also has three foreign subsidiaries, in China, Japan and the USA.
Matthias Rampf adds the role at Ecosystems to one as managing partner of RAMPF Holding for research and development. "This seemed the obvious choice, as the work of RAMPF Ecosystems is central to the R&D activities of the whole RAMPF Group," he said, in an 11 Jan 2011 company statement.
"We are currently addressing the challenges posed by dwindling natural resources. I look forward to playing an instrumental role in making sure our company is fit for the future," Matthias Rampf added.
RAMPF Ecosystems is a polyurethane and polyester (PET) recycling specialist, using production residues and post-consumer PET from packaging as a valuable source of raw materials. It processes these to produce polyols using special chemical methods into "recycpole" and "petol," -- raw materials for making polyurethane.
Ecosystems supplies these to other members of the RAMPF Group and also to systems suppliers all over Germany. Another aspect of the company's work is research into polyols made of renewables such as rape seed oil.
Michael Rampf also joined the management of RAMPF Holding in 2005, as managing partner for sales and marketing, quality management, IT, security and HR within the group.
RAMPF Ecosystems' products and services include:
• Supply of made-to-measure polyols / support in the development of polyurethane systems;
• Manufacture of mouldings (rigid foam/semi rigid integral foam) for prototypes, pilot and small series, weight per moulding < 10 g to 5 kg, experience with in-mould coatings;
• Flexible piece numbers: Between 1 and 200 000 parts per annum;
• Quality assurance via testing of physical values in the company lab; and
• Closed circuit engineering: RAMPF takes charge of plant engineering directly on the customer's premises, closing the loop made up of PU processing, waste material recycling and reuse of recovered polyols.
PIC: Rudolf Rampf (centre) with sons Michael (l) and Matthias.