Hakala to look after Cimcorp’s China tyre sector
Turnkey robotic handling solutions manufacturer and integrator Cimcorp has appointed Veli-Matti Hakala as Sales Manager responsible for business development in China’s tyre sector. With an M.Sc. in Automation Technology from the University of Tampere, Finland, Hakala has 20 years’ industry experience in engineering and automation. He has held positions as Technical Manager, General Manager and Business Manager in international business, involved in the development and sales of automation solutions. Hakala previously worked in a support role for Cimcorp’s Senior Sales Manager, Esa Valtonen, during which time he was able to become familiar with China’s tyre producers.
“In this role, it was clear to me that Industry 4.0 is the standard that most Chinese tyre manufacturers are either following or seriously aiming toward. With Dream Factory, Cimcorp can offer end-to-end solutions – including the required software – to enable implementation of Industry 4.0 for customers in both greenfield and brownfield plants,” said Hakala.
Cimcorp has supplied automation for seven of the world’s top 10 tyre manufacturers, as well as solutions for a number of the tire sector’s agile newcomers, such as Sentury in China and Apollo in India.
“We want to be the preferred automation supplier that is taken on board in the initial design phase. When the factory layout is designed and capacity calculations and material flow analysis are made. It is in this phase that radically new ideas can be considered and the best possible automation solution achieved. For any Chinese tyre manufacturers planning new factories or plant expansions, Veli-Matti Hakala is the man to call,” said Kai Tuomisaari, Vice President of Sales at Cimcorp.