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New Head of Operations

Udo Otrzonsek takes over management of all Kludi plants

Menden-based Kludi GmbH & Co. KG (www.kludi.com) is pleased to announce that Udo Otrzonsek has been appointed its new Head of Operations, starting on 14 October 2019. Mr Otrzonsek, 57, will assume responsibility for the management and organisation of production and all underlying operational processes in the fittings specialist’s three plants in Germany, Austria and Hungary, and also for the production site of the Kludi-RAK joint venture in the United Arab Emirates. His responsibilities at Kludi will include production, materials management, logistics and industrial engineering.

“Here at Kludi, we are delighted to have been able to recruit a very experienced specialist in Udo Otrzonsek”, announced CEO Julian Henco. “Our company will benefit considerably from his expertise gained in many years of experience in industrial serial production, running production networks, quality assurance and lean management. The fact that kitchen and bathroom fixtures are familiar territory for our new Head of Operations is an additional benefit for Kludi.” CEO Henco notes that this is particularly true given the company’s current situation, with Kludi vigorously moving ahead with the modernisation of its production sites.

Experience in the kitchen and bathroom industry
Mr Otrzonsek, who hails from Upper Bavaria and has a degree in mechanical engineering, spent 13 years in various production management positions at Grohe AG after initially gaining experience in plant engineering and the automotive supply industry. At Grohe, his position included running the plants in Herzberg, Porta Westfalica and Lahr before he assumed overall responsibility for quality management and industrial engineering at the company’s headquarters in 2012. Two years later, he joined the American industrial valve manufacturer Crane ChemPharma & Energy as Director of Operations for Central Europe. This was followed by positions as a Chief Technical Officer at a medium-sized clamping systems specialist and a freelance Interim Manager. “The fact that my start at Kludi coincides with the expansion of the main plant in Menden to include full-scale fittings production, the launch of new and cutting-edge brass electroplating and the extensive modernisation of production makes an already exciting undertaking even more attractive for me. I am very much looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and playing an active role starting in mid-October”, said Kludi’s future Head of Operations.

Kludi – The fittings specialist

Kludi GmbH & Co. KG, based in the Westphalian town of Menden, is a German specialist in the field of bathroom and kitchen tap and shower systems. Kludi’s brand claim “Water in Perfection” defines its ambition to create top quality. The bathroom fitting range is based on two key elements. It offers clearly defined styles under the heading “Smart Luxury”, while “Pure Function” combines solid quality with great practicality in functional fittings. Matching “Shower Dreams” concepts are available for both bathroom ranges. In the field of kitchen fittings, Kludi presents a wide range of products in the “Kitchen Competence” series.

For almost 100 years, the internationally active family company has been influencing the use of water in the household with groundbreaking fitting concepts and innovative solutions for kitchens and bathrooms. More than 1,000 staff members in the Kludi group develop, produce and market products for specialist trade and craft companies in numerous countries around the world. From its headquarters in Menden, the Kludi company group manages 13 international sales organisations. The products are manufactured in three European production facilities. The company runs its own production facility in the United Arab Emirates as a joint venture.

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