After 20 years at the helm of NKE, the founding members and previous general managers of NKE, Heimo Ebner and Harald Zerobin, will focus on strategic issues within the company in the future. „They will continue to support NKE with their competence and experience“, says the new General Manager.
At the beginning of this year, NKE has formed a partnership with Spanish bearings manufacturer Fersa Bearings. The tasks the new General Manager will face include “a fast realisation of the new opportunities and synergies within the group of companies”, Thomas Witzler says. “As well as implementing the new impetus in specific applications, we will strive to develop new products that can solve real-life customer problems.”
Thomas Witzler, MSc, graduated in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He spent seven years at Hewlett-Packard, for the last years as sales manager for Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. From 1999 to the end of 2008 he was active as executive partner of an enterprise in the IT sector and lectured at both the University of Economics and Business Administration and the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. His career at NKE began in 2009 as Human Resources manager with a focus on personnel and organisational development as well as recruiting. In 2013 he became Sales & Support manager before being appointed General Manager of NKE in February 2016.
NKE offers both standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. NKE’s core functions – engineering, product development, final processing of components, assembly, quality assurance, logistics, and sales and marketing – are centralised at its Steyr headquarters. In addition to product development and application engineering, NKE provides a full range of technical services and training. NKE’s products are distributed through 12 international representative offices and more than 240 distribution outlets in over 60 countries. All NKE bearings are subject to stringent quality procedures and are tested using state-of-the-art procedures and equipment. In recognition of the exceptional quality of NKE’s products, the company was awarded the prestigious Austria Quality Seal last year.