Former TS Automotive is now on a growth course as “Preh Car Connect”
Dresden/Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale. At the Dresden headquarters of Preh Car Connect GmbH in Business Park Merbitz the time has come for further growth. In the current financial year, the automotive supplier is creating some 120 new high-tech workplaces in the Dresden location. To do so, the company has rented new office space in Dresden about 100 developers/engineers will have their new place of work. In addition, Preh Car Connect is also planning to expand its main location in Business Park Merbitz and the design will start shortly. The new management team expects growth impulses from the “megatrend” towards connectivity of vehicles and the close technological cooperation with the Preh Group from Bad Neustadt a.d. Saale. Preh Holding and its Chinese parent company Joyson had jointly acquired the former TechniSat Automotive at the end of April 2016 and integrated it into the Preh Group.
When presenting the growth plans in the context of a press meeting in Dresden, Christoph Hummel, CEO of Preh Holding, said: “The former TechniSat Automotive is a perfect addition to the Preh Group. We can now combine the human machine interface system competencies of Preh with the know-how of the new Preh Car Connect in the fields of infotainment, connectivity and telematics into new comprehensive solutions. The new partnership is therefore not about synergies and rationalization, but about a growth-oriented combination of technological competencies and market access. This will bring a big opportunity for the entire corporate group and for its employees and customers.”
To support the planned growth, the management of Preh Car Connect GmbH has been newly appointed and expanded. Effective 1 July 2016, Dr. Ralf Vo? has taken on the function of CEO. Vo? has many years of leadership experience in the markets for mobility and automotive supplies. His last appointment was as managing director at Knorr-Bremse, Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH (SfS). He previously held a range of leadership positions at the automotive supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co and at Daimler AG. Also on 1 July 2016, Stefan Gottschlag was appointed as part of the management of Preh Car Connect GmbH and has taken over the newly created function Product Development (CTO) there. Gottschlag was already active for around three and a half years at Preh Car Connect resp. its predecessor company as head of development. Benjamin Lobenz who previously held different leadership positions in production and logistics in the Preh Group has been responsible for the Production Process and Locations (COO) since the beginning of May 2016.
On 1 September 2016, Chris Wenzel will alsothe management team and take responsibility for the commercial division as CFO. She was most recently Business Administration Manager/General Manager at Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH, a leading semiconductor materials manufacturer.