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Antonio Trioschi ( left ) and Jens Schmale .

New leadership line-up for Swisslog

Global logistics automation partner , Swisslog , has announced a series of new appointments within its senior management team to support continued growth and stability . Antonio Trioschi has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer . He joined Swisslog nine years ago and has since held several leadership positions across the business .
Most recently , he was responsible for the unity of two regions , Central and Greater Europe , into one strong EMEA region . He succeeds Dr . Christian Baur , who left Swisslog in June and who has played a key role in setting Swisslog on a path to growth over the past six years .
Jens Schmale , the new Head of EMEA , joined Swisslog in 2020 to strengthen its AutoStore offering and , said the company , ‘ has been instrumental in the achievements of the business unit over the last year ’. Before joining Swisslog , he was , among others , managing director of a German AutoStore distributor .
Commenting on his appointment , Schmale said : “ I am delighted to take over the role as Head of EMEA , and I am looking forward to expanding our roadmap within this highly dynamic market while developing new and existing customer relationships . I am fully committed to driving supply chain innovation through robotic and data-driven solutions .”
Markus Kirchhoff succeeds Schmale as Head of Swisslog AutoStore Europe , bringing many years of industry management experience to the role . n
Swisslog automation systems .
Fablink Group , a leading British Tier One supplier of cabs , pressings , structures and complete vehicle assemblies , recently announced the appointment of Steve Hemming as its chief operating officer .
“ Hemming ’ s role as COO will help further strengthen Fablink Group ’ s position as a market leader across the automotive , transport and off-highway sectors , as the Group continues to offer expert manufacturing and engineering services to its customer base of world-leading OEMs ,” said the Group .
“ With over 30 years of experience , Hemming brings wide-ranging knowledge and expertise from previous OEM Tier One roles , which will help steer Fablink Group towards the target of operational excellence across all its sites ,” it added .
Walid Al Attar , Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium ( the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas ) has been named the ‘ World ’ s Top Aluminium Executive 2020-2021 ’ at an annual global industry summit in Chicago . The award , presented at the Harbor Aluminum Summit each year , recognises outstanding longterm contributions to the global aluminium industry .
Mr . Al Attar was the key architect of EGA ’ s drive to maximise the value of its production by focusing on ‘ premium aluminium ’, made to customer specifications . EGA is the world ’ s largest ‘ premium aluminium ’ producer with over 440 customers in more than 50 countries .
Mr . Al Attar joined Dubai Aluminium in 1984 as a trainee and began work as a transport administrator in the shipping department . He joined Dubai Aluminium ’ s marketing & sales team in 1994 , playing a leading role in the initial transition from selling commodity metal to traders to building direct relationships


Steve Hemming appointed COO of Fablink Group in the UK

Right : Steve Hemming .
Hemming joins the business from Liberty Engineering Group where he held the position of operations director at Liberty Performance Steel , as well as previous positions as group operations director at Liberty Vehicle Products and plant director at Liberty Pressing Solutions . Hemming has held directorial , consultancy and managerial positions across the UK ’ s manufacturing industry since the 1990s , spearheading operational excellence programmes at several UK plants . Fablink Group supplies pressings and complex welded structures ; cab assemblies ; lightweight bonded aluminium chassis & structures ; mixed material architectures as well as niche and lower volume build for automotive and e-mobility brands . With operations across six British sites , Fablink Group ’ s 500,000 ft 2 of manufacturing space is home to 700 engineers and production staff . n
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Aluminium award for Walid Al Attar

The Harbor Aluminum Summit .
with customers making products using aluminium . He was made general manager of marketing & sales in 2005 .
When Dubai Aluminium merged with Emirates Aluminium in 2014 to form EGA , he was appointed chief marketing officer . In 2020 , he was promoted to the new position of chief commercial officer , responsible for both marketing , sales and supply chain . He also serves as President of EGA America Inc ., the distributor of the company ’ s metal in North America . The Harbor Aluminum Summit is typically attended by over 360 global companies . n
Left : Walid Al Attar .
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