Burkle Group appoints Jan Sickmann new CEO
October 20, 2021 | 8:02 am CDT

Jan Sickmann, CEO of the Bürkle Group. Photo: Robert Bürkle GmbH, Freudenstadt, Germany

FREUDENSTADT, Germany - Wood finishing and laminating equipment expert Burkle Group has appointed Jan Sickmann as CEO. The appointment by the shareholders of the Freudenstadt, Germany-based Bürkle Group was effective Oct. 19.

Sickmann has more than 20 years of experience in international mechanical engineering and plant construction. The engineer and business economist has worked in national and international management positions for market-leading companies in robotics, automation technology and for system manufacturers in the PV industry. His focus has been on market and technology-oriented growth strategies.

In coordination with Munich-based private equity partner Auctus Capital Partners, the Bürkle management said it is facing the challenges of the market. The company's focus on the three growth areas of wood-based material finishing, photovoltaics and printed circuit boards is intended to continue.

"Bürkle is an excellently positioned company with strong technology and solution competence. With the highly motivated and innovative Bürkle team, we will consolidate and further expand our international market position," Sickmann said.

Burkle North America is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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