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xxx 2012-01-10

Rexroth Announces Promotions for Key Executives

Berend Bracht named Regional President, Bosch Rexroth Americas; Erwin Wieckowski promoted to Vice President for Factory Automation.

Charlotte, NC– ) Bosch Rexroth Corporation recently accounced that Berend Bracht has been named regional president, Bosch Rexroth Americas. The company also has promoted Erwin Wieckowski to the position of Executive Vice President for Factory Automation. Both executives are located with the other members of Rexroth’s US executive team in Bosch Rexroth’s Charlotte, North Carolina facility.

Bracht, also president of the Bosch Rexroth Corporation in North America, started his career with the company in 1991 as a hydraulics sales engineer in Munich, Germany and continued to advance through the company. With the merger of Bosch and Rexroth in 2001, Bracht was appointed vice president and general manager for the overall U.S. Industrial Hydraulics group. He accepted the position as CEO for Bosch Rexroth China in 2004. In his new role, Bracht will develop and coordinate strategies to expand Rexroth’s business throughout the Americas.

Raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bracht received master degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Master of Engineering), and Business Administration (MBA) from the Technical University in Munich. Erwin Wieckowski, in his new position, is now responsible for Rexroth’s Automation business in all key industry sectors, across all Rexroth product groups: Electric Drives and Controls, Hydraulics, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, Pneumatics and Service segments in the United States.

Wieckowski reports to Berend Bracht. Most recently, Erwin Wieckowski was vice president and general manager for Rexroth’s Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies Group, where he was responsible for all of the company’s linear motion and assembly products and technology in the United States, including aluminum structural framing, ball rail systems, ball screws, flexible conveyors, linear motion systems, manual production systems and other key product lines. Wieckowski began his career as a plant engineer, later becoming an application engineer and Total Quality Management (TQM) coordinator before moving into product and sales management roles. A member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Wieckowski has degrees in Applied Science and Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).

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Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 34,900 associates generated approximately 5.1 billion euros in revenue ($6.8 billion) in 2010. To learn more, please visit

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros ($62.7 billion) in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros (approximately $5 billion) for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.


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