Effective January 1, 2023, Dr. Harald Weber will become the new Managing Director of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, Frankfurt/Germany. He succeeds Thomas Waldmann, who has held the position since 1991 and will retire at the end of 2022.
After completing his PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt and working as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen (THM), Gießen/Germany, Weber joined the VDMA in 2011. Since then, he has been responsible for the topics of technology and innovation in the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association.
»From his previous work in the plastics industry, Dr. Weber has profound knowledge and experience in topics that are also gaining in importance in textile machinery manufacturing. Examples include recycling and the circular economy, as well as digitalization and especially the communication standard OPC UA.«
Thomas Waldmann has been working 30 years as Managing Director at the Textile Machinery Association and stands for constantly changing framework conditions. He has always had his finger on the pulse of the industry and, together with his team, has represented the special interests of the member companies: From technology policy to challenges of market access to the leading trade fair ITMA and the European association CEMATEX. ITMA 2007 in Munich was certainly a highlight.