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BEHIND THE SCENES Black belt for Brazil Assertive new boss for Phoenix Contact in São Paulo Cesar Almeida is the name of the new General Manager of Phoenix Contact in the South American emerging market. Before he took over the management of the Brazilian branch in São Paulo, the graduate electrical engineer was active in management at well-known international companies such as Siemens, Johnson Controls, and Honeywell. His multilingualism – Almeida speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and English – certainly helps the father of three in his challenging position, as does his trained eye for costs and profits. The top manager balances out his stressful job through running, weightlifting, and submission wrestling, a variation of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial art, in which he has a black belt. New GM for Finland Petri Viinikka has international experience and a flair for wood Phoenix Contact enjoys a very good reputation in the country in the north of Scandinavia as an innovative manufacturer and reliable employer. Because of this, we were also able to attract the new General Manager for Finland. Petri Viinikka is an internationally experienced top manager who has already completed international assignments in Russia, Germany, and Austria as part of his duties. The sales professional has worked for such well-known companies as Tetra-Pak, SCA Hygiene Products GmbH, and Outotec Oyj, among others, and most recently as Managing Director for a supplier in the Finnish process industry. When time permits, the 54-year-old family man, who lives in the Helsinki region, keeps himself in shape with CrossFit training. Or he pursues his passion for wood, from tree felling to handicraft activities at his “summer house” – typical for the inhabitants of Suomi… Pocket-size contact avoidance device The anti-virus tools 3D printing prevents unnecessary surface contact Necessity is the mother of invention. At the Phoenix Contact subsidiary Protiq, the experts for additive manufacturing technologies, the focus has shifted to the topic of daily hygiene in handling the door handle. Toilets, entrances, and open-plan offices – how do you avoid contacting the surfaces around you that have been touched a thousand times? “Several colleagues came up with these ideas at the same time. Similar ideas had already been spread on the Internet, and so we spontaneously constructed the first samples and printed them overnight. This was in the last week of March,” says Clemens Boesen, Production Manager at Protiq. Different versions of the problem solvers were created from polyamide 12, all of which are suitable for cheating the virusspreading door handle. And now they are not only available for the needs of Phoenix Contact, but can also be ordered directly. The Phoenix Contact innovation magazine UPDATE 5/20 41