Dipl.-Ing. Volker Abt

Born in 1962

A levels at the Albert-Einstein Gymnasium Ravensburg

Degree in  Mechanical Engineering University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg

Degree in Production Technology with an emphasis in Metal Forming Technology Aalen University

Collaboration on the development of systems for high-pressure hydroforming at the Drop Forge Schneider in Aalen


Magna Gesellschaft für Innenhochdruckumformung GmbH, Aalen

Technical Director,  key responsibilities:

  • Series production of formed components for the automotive industry
  • Development of new components in close collaboration with the automobile manufacturer’s planning department
  • Optimisation / automation of the individual production stages in the area of metal forming technology
  • Generating feasibility studies and cost analyses for the produced components and their tools

Schuler Hydroforming GmbH, Wilnsdorf

Managing Director,  key responsibilities:

  • Reorganisation of a customised machine manufacturer at the Technology Centre for High Internal Pressure Hydroforming
  • Maintaining the  worldwide technological edge in high internal pressure hydroforming
  • Permanent, and often challenging, restructuring with regard to personnel, organisation and innovations

Lenhardt Maschinenbau GmbH, Neuhausen-Hamberg

Managing Director, key responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the transfer from an owner-run structure into a management-led organisation form
  • Development and implementation of the company strategy in coordination with the Bystronic AG Group
  • Maintaining key relationships to important clients and suppliers
  • Assessing market needs and driving the innovation process
  • Implementing the new business area adhesives technology for the automotive industry
  • Creating transparent scheduling and cost planning throughout the entire value added chain

Selected project experience:

  • Restructuring and recapitalisation through turnaround management
  • Optimisation of a series production launch at an automotive supplier
  • Planning a production shift from a automobile manufacturer to a supplier
  • Conducting market research in the area of  adhesives technology and high viscosity pumps
  • Providing support during the implementation of new forming technology
  • Interim managing director at a tool manufacturer