The foundation of the fourth business unit and the metamorphosis connected with this have introduced a positive spirit within the NEA GROUP. Ideas can be directly discussed with a “data architect”, optimized and then implemented. This approach develops tremendous momentum and stimulates imagination as, practically speaking, it makes implementation considerably more efficient and pragmatic. That both motivates and bonds teams. Above all, it sheds positive light on several topics, for example aspects of the subject of Industry 4.0 or digital administration processes, within which everybody enjoys their roles. As long as each employee is involved transparently, s/he will sense being part of the team and become involved. This is valid equally for internal company projects and, in the meantime, for numerous projects with external NEA X customers.
The same is true for the many internal training courses and schooling implemented since the start of the year. The target is always: exchange of experience and thoughts at eye-level and the definition of NEA Best Practice before everyone returns to their work. Everybody uses their knowledge, resulting in improvements, innovations and sometimes also new solutions for our customers, from which we are happy to present respectively one for each business unit in this issue.
The people are the decisive factor – a clear head, passion and commitment. When it boils down to it, each person can only provide a top performance if the surroundings and the task are fitting and they can fulfil themselves in their vocation. Several careers have also been made at NEUMAN & ESSER with the necessary flexibility, the right self-assertion and, above all, with enthusiasm!
Read for yourself and let yourself be enthralled!
Stefanie Peters und Alexander Peters
Growing competitive pressure and increasing digitalization confront many system operators with serious challenges. They have to take optimum decisions incorporating a high degree of complexity with faster and faster access to a multitude of information and linked processes.
Moreover, diametrically opposed to decreasing capacities to monitor and service them, higher requirements pertaining to the availability of critical machine systems exist. The result: operators see themselves confronted with unplanned machine failure, leading to significant costs and therefore consequentially to loss of yield. In this area of tension, enhanced approaches to service offers by OEMs are fundamental.
NEA X’ starting point is here. The digitalization experts design the technological transition of the NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP and customers with intelligent solutions. From requirements analysis via implementation up to supporting operations, the company creates the connection between the classical art of engineering and the digital service future.
One focal point here is Asset Performance Management, supporting customers with a view to the best possible utilization of their machines during operations and maintenance.
For this, a detailed understanding of products and processes is vital. The advantage of NEA X: as part of the NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP, it can rely on knowledge for solving solutions which only an OEM can claim in its own right, thus finding means to increase system benefits and output faster. Together with the sister companies in the new machine business, the service and customers, NEA X is able to accompany machines throughout their entire life cycle and to improve customer decisions.
The core of the use of this expertise is a needs-oriented platform according to the MADA principle: Monitoring, Analytics, Diagnosis, Action. The data gathered are monitored, analyzed and enable action recommendations almost in real time. This platform offers NEA customers tangible value-added for four application fields:
More than servicing. The NEA X platform offers the customer access to data and analysis options, making maintenance measures and the scope of maintenance faster and precise. Stoppages can therefore be better planned and cost-efficient. Uninterrupted status management is guaranteed together with NEAC Compressor Service, the NEA GROUP service provider for reciprocating compressors.
More than status management. The analysis of running systems reveals potential performance reserves at the customers’ and helps to control utilization. Thus, adapted production parameters increase their profitability.
More than process knowledge. Monitoring in the manufacturing process allows proactive quality and productivity control and therefore permits customers to secure standards and reduce scrap rates. With NEA Mahl- und Sichtsysteme, an early warning system is currently being established jointly with a leading customer in the field of powder coatings – not only for the mill, but for the entire manufacturing process from mixing to packaging.
More than fine planning. With networking solutions in manufacturing, efficiency, flexibility and reliability are increased in the core of the value-added. NEA X optimizes the planning of complex process sequences.
The solutions from NEA X increase production safety, maximize the availability of complete systems and make maintenance measures plannable. They all serve one target: securing the customers’ profitability.
The second substantial business segment for NEUMAN & ESSER directly following refinery processes is offshore applications. The references for this segment are equally numerous and international. This includes vapor recovery on drilling rigs in the Gulfs of Thailand and Arabia, seal gas pressure for turbo compressors on the deck of the floating natural gas platform (FLNG) PRELUDE in Australia or flash gas compression for increasing pressure during natural gas production on a platform in Indonesia. The fact that LNG has long since gained momentum at NEUMAN & ESSER is also proven by the NEA send-out compressor on the FSRU system for the reconstructed LNG tanker EXPLORER, anchored in Dubai.
Depending on the onshore and offshore application, NEUMAN & ESSER has three compressor types for LNG in its portfolio: the BOG compressor, the send-out compressor and the fuel gas compressor (details are available under: neuman-esser.com).
Currently, the NEUMAN & ESSER cryogenic BOG compressors are enjoying great popularity in Russia. In addition to the delivery of the gastight type 2TZS25-GT, another type 2TEV1-GT machine has already been running to the operator’s utmost satisfaction for one year. A further large BOG compressor system will still be installed this year at an LNG terminal. The three-stage construction size 300 compressor for this system has the task of compressing the liquid natural gas received through the pipelines and heated to boil-off gas via environmental influences. The average inlet temperature is -140°C.
The system design foresees that the powertrain including the compressor is placed on a foundation whilst the containers and oil system are respectively skid mounted. The instrument rack with panels is also placed on its own footing. The local end user has ordered two BOG compressor systems directly, in order to ensure 100% operation. One of them is redundant and will remain in “hot standby” mode. This makes preheating the oil or cooling water unnecessary for starting up.
The technical specifications of these BOG compressors include continuous flow control and a gastight crankcase in NEA design. The scope entails the use of crankshaft mechanical seals as well as a connection from the crankcase to the suction side. This prevents natural gas from escaping into the atmosphere. Temperature controls for the 1st stage optimize flow of process gas through the air cooler. “That not only saves pressure – but primarily also quantity loss – a clever concept!“ as Dirk Walenta, NEA Deutschland Project Manager says. Nonetheless, the cooler is already required after the 1st stage if the compressor is expected to startup again after a planned shutdown with the heated gas. After the 3rd stage cooler, the natural gas is fed to the grid.
“If the maximum gas tightness in the compression chambers is required, we use our contact ring design for LNG”, according to Guido Harsch, Area Sales Manager. Its advantages are fewer leakages and lower power consumption. “Alternatively, we offer contactless sealing piston rings and a packing system with an additional piston rod guided via slide bearings. As always – our customer can choose!“
STASSKOL, the tech hub and manufacturer for sealing elements and material compounds, recently created the CNGS – the new gastight piston rod packing “Compressed Natural Gas Solution” for CNG compressors used at gas stations. It was developed according to a specific customer requirement and successfully tested on a single stage CNG compressor at 1,800 RPM. Although the test compressor was neither equipped with a gastight crankcase nor with a distance piece, only the slightest leakages could be detected during the intermittent operation mode. “Whilst leaks to the extent of a few standard cubic meters per hour would have been expected when using standard piston rod seals, the new packing only leaked a few liters per hour.”, as Dr. Georg Flade, Head of the Central Division of Technology, is glad to state.
The BOSS oil wiper system has also been included in the piston rod packing on the test machine; however, the test run success is largely attributed to the new construction principle for the packing. This high gas tightness is not caused by the gapped sealing ring pairs, used as a standard by STASSKOL in packings, but by highly elastic sealing lips, consisting of the special PTFE compound SK301, which was developed and manufactured at the in-house Material Center. The SK301 combines excellent tribological properties and high elasticity. Comprehensive internal tension tests ensure provision of the required elasticity. In order to work against wear, the sealing lips were developed constructively resistant to deformation.
With the CNGS, STASSKOL has placed an exceptional gastight packing on the market, which effects highly efficient compression because of minimum leakages, i.e. more standard cubic meters’ methane yield per kW of gas fed. “Our customer is impressed with the behavior of the CNGS during regular operation”, as Managing Director Thomas Borchardt is glad to report. Design-dependent, CNG compressor manufacturers can manage without having a distance piece impinged with gas flushing and nonetheless run a gastight process with an end pressure of up to 300 bar. Super gastight – super savings – super compact! That is the new CNGS. Moreover, do not forget: easy to convert for reciprocating compressors on-site.
Viewed in retrospect, we have enjoyed a genuine powder coatings boom during the past few years. More and more areas of use are opened up today by high-performance powder coatings. Accordingly, the powder coatings industry demonstrates very strong global growth, enabling the introduction of a large number of new production lines to the market.
To-date, more than 600 NEA ICM grinding systems have been installed worldwide for manufacturing powder coatings. The requirements of new systems, but also of existing systems, must dynamically adapt to market conditions. In particular, the sharply increased raw materials prices and the immense competition within the market exert high cost pressure on the manufacturers worldwide. These demanding requirements of production equipment certainly denote one of the major reasons for the successful market penetration of the highly efficient NEA ICM grinding systems. Thus, in the meantime NEUMAN & ESSER Mahl- und Sichtsysteme achieved to considerably expand its world market leader status and to successfully commission systems from the Arctic Circle down to Oceania.
NEUMAN & ESSER Systems are successfully operating from the Arctic Circle to Oceania
The filling station
Moreover, operators see themselves confronted with a further challenge: maximum system capacity utilization within the context of manpower shortage. NEUMAN & ESSER applies a revolutionary concept here. Analysis showed that filling the finished powder, particularly into smaller containers such as 20 and 25 kg boxes, is a limiting factor for the throughputs of larger grinding systems can achieve. NEUMAN & ESSER in close collaboration with NIVERPLAST BV, the Dutch filling and packaging machines manufacturer, seized this opportunity to develop a filling station specially attuned to the requirements of the powder coatings industry. With automatic filling, throughputs of up to 2,000 kg/h, corresponding to 100 x 20 kg boxes can be achieved with highly precise filling and therefore more than twice the capacity of manual filling.
The box rolls into the filling area over a conveyor belt, is lifted there electrically and accurately filled to the desired weight via a special filling mechanism with weighing cells. It is novel that the dosing device and its filling tube at no point in time come into contact with the end product, thus avoiding the cross-contamination feared within the market. Moreover, an extraction system hinders undesired dust development in the working area, and that with a maximum product yield. After the desired weight has been reached, the box is deposited and a new box fed. Additional components for the completion of a fully automatic station such as box erectors, mechanical bag cappers and labelers, can also be offered by NEUMAN & ESSER and be integrated seamlessly.
The ultrasonic screen
The essential two-motor ultrasonic screen belonging to the complete system is manufactured by GKM Siebtechnik GmbH. Here, too, NEUMAN & ESSER utilized its many years’ experience with powder coatings. A low construction size, high throughput, easy cleaning and smooth surfaces interplay with an optimized sieve ultrasound system and offer a highly efficient and compact solution, also for existing grinding systems from all manufacturers, in symbiosis with the filling station.
Static load surveillance
Development also focused on work safety for this system. As powder coatings are a probable explosive material, a system introduced by NEA monitors the static loading of the components in order to hinder sources of ignition, providing an important contribution in the area of employee safety here.
The control and monitoring of all these described components takes place centrally via the overall grinding system controller. This not only enables the minimization of the number of controllers required, but also enables the evaluation and visualization of all system-relevant data.
Industry 4.0 hands-on
This provides an important step towards connection to a revolutionary Industry 4.0 solution, which will be introduced by NEA on Sept. 26 and 27, 2018 on the occasion of the event days “NEA INNOVATION DAY” and “POWDER COATINGS COMPACT” at its Übach-Palenberg headquarters.
Thanks to more than 5 years’ successful collaboration with NEA Mahl- und Sichtsysteme, the DuluxGroup appointed the company as “Powder coatings supplier of the year 2017” within the Powder Coatings Division. On Nov. 14th, 2017, Managing Director Manfred Salgert proudly accepted the accolade in Melbourne, Australia. Not only the installations of the NEA ICM 60 systems and both ICM 19 impact classifier mills, which lead to significantly higher yields with simultaneous lower process times in Auckland, New Zealand were acknowledged. Also, the supply of new system components and excellent technical support by NEA expert staff in Germany and on-site in Melbourne was widely recognized both in written and spoken form. Good support knows no distances and all of this has helped the DuluxGroup to further extend its position for powder coatings.
The NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP can now be seen on the Internet with its brand new corporate design. The target of the new Web presence is to depict the NEA GROUP with its four business units: Compressors including Services, Process, Sealings and Digitals. This reinforces the clarity of the abundance of know-how with subject-specific focus. And even more: in the chapter “Industry Sectors”, the market segments can be seen in which the business divisions complement each other.
User-friendliness to reach the target with a few clicks was taken into account specially. Thus, the new website offers various navigation options such as mega navigation, which additionally highlights current news, the footer area, strong internal linking and the extended breadcrumb path. Moreover, the website always presents the user the desired contact person, depending on the respective country and product.
If you’re looking for good entertainment, you can find numerous videos with deep insights into the NEA manufacture as well as further features. However, the filter option on the homepage after Products, News, References and Videos for the business division selected is a special highlight. Thus, an individualized page arises for the user, matching his interests or requirements regarding the depth of information. Why not just come and visit us? The web address remains:
The boring and milling machine from Scharmann Ecocut, dating back to 1992, is outdated. Therefore, the target was not only to replace it in a similar scale, but with a machine which also enables the processing of large cylinders, distance pieces, crossheads and connecting rods. Although the Ecocut has been running perfectly for more than 25 years, it has become difficult to procure spare parts for the control unit and tool magazine sustainably.
When comparing potential followers, it became apparent that the current manufacturing machine generation demands a considerably higher construction volume, which is not in accordance with the low hall height in the central aisle in the production. Moreover, in the mid-term the vertical lathe VCE 2000/180, which is already now at the limit of the crane runway height, will have to be replaced as well.
Not without hall extension
Therefore, the decision was taken to erect a new manufacturing hall which can accommodate both new work centers with a crane hook height of 7.8 m. The new 650 m2 hall adjoins the north side of the existing hall with the portal milling machine Droop & Rein. The washing area and transformer house had to be moved to provide space for the extension. The washing area will be roofed with an insulated lightweight building construction. The new transformer house with new transformers has sufficient reserve capacity for the modernization of the compressor test bed and the extension of the NEA Mahl- und Sichtsysteme Test Center. The network connection and WLAN illumination for supporting the production digitalization offensive is planned naturally. Moreover, due to the new construction in the existing halls, space is provided for material stations, which can be needed for the flexibilization and decoupling of the manufacturing processes.
A clever boring and milling center
After intense comparison of five suppliers, the boring and milling machine KC150 DT from the company UNION in Chemnitz was selected. The machine can process components which are 25% larger and heavier than its predecessor could. A special feature of this machine is both of its processing tables, which can also be coupled. That not only allows the processing of large cylinders and distance pieces, but also of medium-sized crankcases. The equipping and processing times for the double table version for machining connecting rods, crossheads, distance pieces and cylinders significantly outperforms machines with pallet changers. The machine is equipped with a robot-operated tool arena, which also changes the heaviest tools reliably. The excellent support from UNION during the offer and project implementation phase deserves a special mention.
A faster vertical lathe
Currently, budget offers for the replacement of the vertical lathe have been received from five suppliers, the decision will probably be taken at the end of the year. Here, too, an output increase of some 25% vis-à-vis the previous machine is planned. In order to save costs and minimize installation expenses, the bottom plate for the new hall will already be prepared to provide a base for the new work center.
Simon Prell and his mechanical manufacturing team already really look forward to the new options.
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NEA Deutschland used the international LNG conference in the Hanseatic City from April 24 to 26 to present its product portfolio associated with the carrier liquid natural gas. The visitors were not only impressed by the range of the portfolio, which incorporates boil-off gas, send-out and fuel gas compressors, but also by the modular concept of the entire system, offering space advantages onshore and offshore.
HOFER presented itself with a new look at the three-day Expo for hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Tokyo at the end of February. Although this platform has become a “home game” for HOFER in the meantime, Sales Manager Oliver Spanner knows time-in, time-out to win the customers for a technical exchange regarding high-pressure applications. HOFER can offer the hydraulic TKH compressor, which compresses hydrogen up to 1,000 bar for filling fuel cell cars, the energy carrier of the future. “Our exhibit for this always impresses!” according to Oliver Spanner’s opinion.
In February, NEUMAN & ESSER Rus participated in the 4th Downstream Russia 2018 in Omsk, Russia. A trade fair which focused on the construction and modernization of systems in refineries, petrochemicals and for gas processing. In addition to renowned companies rom the oil & gas industries, NEA Rus was one of this platform’s sponsors and was therefore one of the companies entitled to make a presentation to a large auditorium. The experience and various options when revamping and modernizing an existing compressor system enjoyed such enormous interest that lively, heated discussions took place afterwards.
The one-week training course in February this year was equally informative and exciting for the nominated knowledge pilots Christian Mandelartz, Christian Michels and Simon Prell. As a pilot project, it follows the target of preparing the NEA colleagues for their new roles pertaining to knowledge transfer, with various key subjects, by May next year. The consultancy company’s jargon for this is “ac consult”: “The concept is a sequence of tasks with which the knowledge pilot introduces, systemizes and anchors knowledge transfer in his corporate culture step-by-step”.
Christian Mandelartz was impressed after the first week’s training: ”The skills were communicated as to how we create an overview of the existing empirical knowledge in the company and organize passing knowledge on between NEA employees“. For NEUMAN & ESSER, knowledge is a highly precious asset; because recording it and passing it on not only creates process transparency, but also promotes exchange between the departments.
25 CAD users from all the German NEA locations met for a three-day training on Nov. 14 last year. Phase 1 emphasized the application of the user interface SAP-ECTR from the new document management system SAP-DVS and the CAD version update, because the stated target was to replace the document administration from the existing system with SAP in the future. The “go live” for this was already at the beginning of Dec. “A positive side-effect of the integration is that SAP users can now also directly access the CAD document via the material. There are no system interruptions any longer here“, as Frank Ohler, CAD expert from the Übach-Palenberg headquarters was happy to report, “even including 3D views“, as he continued. Currently, the colleagues are fine-tuning the integration of the data from the internal design program KO³ Autodesign to SAP, which will explicitly support the processes. Further largescale training is planned for the project managers this year. Then, the order of the day will be to no longer store the order documents in the file system, but directly in SAP.
NEUMAN & ESSER gave the starting signal for a new digitalHUB Aachen events series, at which young start-ups and established companies learn from one another – and that within the company’s direct business environment. Six start-ups with content appropriate for machinery and plant engineering took advantage of this opportunity on Dec. 11, 2017 and presented themselves to an interested auditorium of representatives from other companies, university graduates and selected NEA employees with a brief pitch.
“Exchange between the start-ups and all participants could not have been more intense”, as Dr. Patrick Beaujean, NEA X Managing Director and host at this event, states. “The experience of the NEA experts from Engineering, Sales, Production, Logistics and Service was welcomed by thankful young entrepreneurs. Because, in particular, good advice during the initial business development phase is worth its weight in gold”, as he continued. Conversely, the company representatives were provided with an insight into the world of digital transformation and possible connecting factors between the parties were established. For further information about digitalHub in Aachen, please refer to: aachen.digital
The 1st Global Logistics Meeting from March 4 to 8 happily attracted a healthy number of participants, because logistics experts traveled to the meeting from all NEA GROUP locations worldwide. Jens Wulff, VP Operations and Thomas Plum, Head of Logistics, had put together an informative and work-intense agenda for the week at the headquarters. Questions pertaining to further increasing efficiency and standardizing the logistics processes, regarding customs, foreign trade and transport insurance were handled together. The participants were particularly impressed with the digitalization measures currently being implemented for logistics in the NEA GROUP.
Trips to the logistics partner Leo Robertz close to Aachen and the FedEX Logistic Hub in Cologne offered a deep insight into the practical side. ”Always worthy of repetition!“ and “We are now a global team!” were the nicest quotes from the participants.
In the meantime, the NEUMAN & ESSER foremen’s tour has become a much-loved tradition. Last year, they visited NEA customer Basell in Wesseling on Sept. 22, in order to gain a closer impression of a hyper compressor system. After they were able to become closer acquainted with the company and its products, they were explained the process precisely for which the compressors are supported by NEAC Compressor Service and for which the spare parts are manufactured at the NEA headquarters in Übach-Palenberg. In an open discussion session, they experienced the local operator’s wishes and requirements at first hand. Thus, they gained a holistic picture of the world’s third-largest chemical company. Also, the operator found words of praise that also a supplier’s production team is interested in the customer’s concerns.
Additionally, the topic of logistics was given adequate attention. During the subsequent visit to FedEx, the master craftsmen marveled at what modern-day logistics can now do. When visiting the Old City of Cologne to conclude the “hardware- intense” day, focus was placed on a soft factor: deepening the NEA team spirit.
German NEA production sites, but nevertheless all the more intense, the two-day Purchasers’ Meeting was held at Übach-Palenberg in November last year. The agenda was bursting to the brim with questions, in particular pertaining to the standardization of Purchasing processes across all sites: “How is the confidentiality process lived, how is the paperless order handled or how is the supplier audit made?“ These questions were discussed just as vigorously as the solution for the development of a “make or buy strategy” for compressor components or the identification of possible purchasing synergies. As improvements are the be-all and end-all for purchasers, an especially wide framework was granted for this intense exchange. Here, the wish was developed to bundle strategic purchasing related to selected materials and also to test e-Commerce for tools during the course of the current year. In short: nothing remains untried with the purchasers for detecting optimization potential – with a uniform approach covering all sites!
Originally via the Russian Trade Mission in Cologne and as of 1977 via the representative Otto Wolff, NEUMAN & ESSER could supply machines and systems to Russian customers since 1952 and therefore develop an intense business relationship there.
With the foundation of NEUMAN & ESSER Rus OOO in 2003, Moscow was then selected as a permanent location. During the course of 15 years’ professional customer support in the areas of servicing and revamping compressors as well as sales support for new machines, NEA Rus has become firmly established within the market. The 9-person strong Moscow team currently supports a population of 220 own make and licensed make machines for chemical, petrochemical and LNG applications.
The team and business have been managed successfully by Alexander Doll since April 2012. In 2016, this resulted in a cooperation agreement with the compressor manufacturer and packager LLC NOEMI in Veriya, a successful collaboration for packaging new systems and for repairs. Currently all resources are being bundled to establish a Level C Repair and Coordination Center (RCC) at NOEMI as well as a further Level A RCC in Salavat. Успехов!
Our initial activities in Peking started with the foundation of a Representative Office in 1995. After the beginning of the new millennium, the use of the local purchasing market enjoyed a stronger demand, making the foundation of NEUMAN & ESSER (Beijing) Co., Ltd. in Peking in 2008 an important milestone for the further development of the business.
In addition to sales support for compressor systems, the range of services also incorporates service and revamping for these machines with local component sourcing as well as sales of new systems and spare parts for grinding and classifying systems. All of this is handled by a team of 20 employees with a portfolio of 350 own make and licensed make compressors.
As speedy customer support and service is a NEA Beijing flagship, the company operates a Level C RCC in Shanghai since 2015, including a generously dimensioned spare parts warehouse. That will also be an advantage for NEA Beijing when developing the new applications for LNG, seismic technology and natural gas. Managing Director Alan Shi will present milestones and technology during a customer event on the occasion of the company’s 10th anniversary on Nov. 21.
The SAP project for NEAC Compressor Service in the USA started during the middle of last year. At the end of February this year, initially the data from the existing ERP system had to be transferred to the new SAP system during the course of the so-called cutover. That was hard work combined with long working days.
The “go live” for NEAC USA was then accomplished on March 1. Since then, NEAC USA has also been integrated in the NEA GROUP SAP world. This success has clearly left its positive mark for all concerned. Everyone is proud to have managed the “go live” within the planned time framework. Such a rollout can only succeed with the common strength of the entire interdisciplinary and international team. This not only includes key users and supporters of the Katy, Texas location, but also those at the German headquarters. We also ought not forget the many other colleagues who have kept the SAP team’s back free with regard to its members’ operational work. A fantastic global achievement!
• since March 5, 2018:
General Manager at NEAC Compressor Service USA, Inc., Katy, Texas
• born on February 25, 1983 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, married
• 2004 - 2009 Mechanical Engineering Studies at the University of Applied Sciences of Aachen
• 2014 - 2017 Master of Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences for Economy and Management of Cologne
• 2009 - 2012 NEAC Compressor Service GmbH &Co. KG, Project Engineer
• 2012-2018 NEAC Compressor Service GmbH & Co. KG, Area Sales Manager for Austria, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Hobbies: • Swimming, Cooking, Shooting
Head of Operations Andreas Hofer Hochdrucktechnik GmbH
Oliver Spanner started in the technical office at HOFER in July 2009 and was initially responsible for Project Engineering and Order Processing for new machines, with a focus on diaphragm compressors for Japan and biogas reciprocating compressors. He became a Claim Manager in March 2011 and with it he was the central contact person for claims. In August 2011, he additionally assumed Sales for Asia and in May 2012 Sales Management. After the takeover of HOFER in Nov. 2015 by the NEA GROUP, he was granted powers of attorney in Jan. 2017. As per July 1, 2018, he will move to the position of VP of Operations.
new Managing Director for Andreas Hofer Hochdrucktechnik GmbH
On Jan. 1, 2008, Jörg Strizek joined NEAC Compressor Service GmbH & Co. KG at its headquarters as a Product Manager for valves worldwide. In July of the same year, his range of tasks was extended with Sales Management Germany and Alpine. As per Jan. 1, 2011, he was deployed to Thailand as an Area Manager and held responsibility for NEAC Far East Compressor Service Co., Ltd. under NEUMAN & ESSER South East Asia. In Jan. 2014, he became Managing Director of NEAC Compressor Service Ltd., operating under its new name, and continued to expand the company. He will manage its operations until Jun. 30, 2018.
Dr. Klaus Hoff
Technical Managing Director Compressors NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP
In Nov. 2000, Dr. Klaus Hoff started as the Head of the Central Division of Technology at NEUMAN & ESSER GmbH & Co. KG. R&D, technical claim processing, the development of standards as well as technical representation worldwide belong to his diverse tasks. He has been a member of the Compressor Board since Jan. 2008. After the takeover of Andreas Hofer Hochdrucktechnik, he became Managing Director of the company in Jan. 2016. As per July 1, 2018, he will pass the baton on to Jörg Strizek.
new Managing Director for NEAC Compressor Service Ltd.
Luca Cini started his career in the GROUP as a Service Sales Engineer at NEUMAN & ESSER Italia S.r.l. in Milan in June 2004. With the foundation of the independent NEAC Compressor Service S.r.l. in 2005, he developed the service business in the Mediterranean region. Due to the positive business development, he was also appointed as the Sales & Operations Manager in 2007. He moved to the sister company in Rayong in April 2018 and will manage the company’s destiny as of July 1.
also Managing Director of NEAC Compressor Service USA, Inc.
Since starting as the Managing Director for NEAC Compressor Service GmbH & Co KG at the headquarters in January 2003, Bernd Wagner holds the responsibility for the strategic orientation of all NEAC centers worldwide. This includes the development of the OEM license business and wear parts strategy, the takeover of service business for third-party makes and the establishment of worldwide repair centers and collaboration with companies. Moreover, he was the Managing Director at NEAC S.r.l. in Milan from 2004 to 2014 and has supported HOFER service business with international rollouts since 2016. On March 5 he took over the position of MD for NEAC USA.