23/11/2022 – Personnel matter — auf Deutsch lesen

CEO Bodo Bölzle is retiring

After more than 25 years as CEO of the Amann Group, Bodo Bölzle will be retiring. Ivo Herzog and Arved Westerkamp have joined the management team.


Bodo Bölzle will be retiring and bowing out as sales set new records. © Amann


The management team of Amann (from the left): CFO Wolfgang Findeis, CSO Arved Westerkamp, COO Peter Morgalla and CSIO Ivo Herzog © Amann


During this 25 years, Mr Bölzle has transformed the Amann Group from a European company into a global player and market leader with plants in Germany, UK, Czech Republic, Romania, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and soon India. Mr Bölzle also volunteered as President of the Südwesttextil e.V. Association and established a milestone in textiles training with the construction of Texoversum at the Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. In order to provide his expertise and support to the Amann Group also in future, Bodo Bölzle, following an expressive wish, will join the advisory board after departing at year's end.

New management team is complete

In addition to Wolfgang Findeis (CFO) and Peter Morgalla (COO), Ivo Herzog as Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer (CSIO) and Arved Westerkamp as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) will be shaping the future of this manufacturer of high-quality industrial sewing threads, embroidery threads and smart yarns.

"After Bodo Bölzle informed us of his wish to enter a well-deserved retirement, we grappled intensively with the tasks of the future management team and the prospective development of the Amann Group," says Katja Pielenz,a shareholder and member of the Advisory Board of the Amann Group. “We see our social responsibility in terms of ensuring the comprehensive sustainability of our economic activities as a central point here.”

With the creation of the Sustainability & Innovation Department, which is managed by Ivo Herzog from the new management team, the company is now resolutely taking its next step on the path to a holistically sustainable direction in its business model as the basis for future economic success.

Amann continues to grow

Amann is continuing to grow with the construction of a factory in India. By the summer of 2023, all construction and plant installations will be complete, while the first deliveries of industrial sewing threads to customers will commence in the third quarter of 2023. The commissioning of the production facility in Ranipet, India, marks a further milestone in the rapid development the Amann Group has enjoyed since 2010, with the opening of the then first Asian production plant in Yancheng, China.

If production starts in Ranipet in the third quarter of 2023, photovoltaics will cover 100% of electricity requirements. This ultra-modern site within the group will be equipped with a zero liquid discharge wastewater treatment plant, which allows the wastewater from the dyeing process to be reused as much as possible. What is left over is a new raw material – a saline sediment that can be reused in the chemical industry.

Major investments in additional new locations in Vietnam and Bangladesh are planned for the coming years; the land to be used for this has already been acquired, which means the production space of the Amann Group will comprise a total of 4 European and 7 Asian factories by 2026. What all locations have in common, regardless of their geographical location, are the high quality standards for productionprocesses and the management system.

“We owe our ability to boldly push forward to the people who have led our company to success in recent years. The new management team featuring Wolfgang Findeis, Ivo Herzog, Peter Morgalla and Arved Westerkamp combines the best possible strengths to both preserve what has been proven and dare to try new things,” explains Katja Pielenz.

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