Tempels of Zoom

Company known for its steel moving into German EV market

Tempel, the Chicago-based producer of electric steel laminations for motors, generators and transformers, announced July 7 the opening of a new office for sales, strategic planning and engineering in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

The new office opens with the intention of giving Tempel a platform to explore its automotive hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) capabilities while serving European customers on a local level, per a company press release. New additions to Tempel’s executive staff will facilitate the move.

Gerd Kucken will spearhead Tempel’s new expansion.—Tempel photo

Gerd Kücken, the business development manager (automotive) who will spearhead the branch, brings to Tempel nearly 20 years of automotive OEM sales experience, with expertise in magnetic automotive laminations. Prior to joining Tempel, some of Kücken’s key roles have included working for seven years at the German-based lamination manufacturer Kienle+Spiess GmbH and automotive supplier Valeo GmbH for eight years in a variety of positions of increased responsibility from commercial clerk to account manager.

Joining Kücken at Tempel’s Bietigheim-Bissingen office is Chief Technology Consultant Steffen Bauer. Bauer’s career in the field of electrical steel laminations also passed through Kienle+Spiess, where he began as a die designer nearly 30 years ago. Over the years, he has worked in a variety of departments ranging from the toolroom to engineering, and research and development. In addition to his hands-on experience, Bauer specializes in the development and implementation of lean production systems.

Kücken says that Tempel’s sales growth into the European market is right on time. He says that demand for hybrid and EV is expected to rapidly increase over the coming years – especially in Europe and Asia, where market trends show those consumers are more and more interested in vehicles with alternative drivetrains offering sufficient power, size and comfort without sacrificing the environmental aspect. At the same time, nations around the world are decreasing allowable carbon dioxide emission rates. “Meeting these demands presents a challenge to automakers. This is where Tempel can be a valuable partner to help them develop new propulsion topologies. We can work with the customer to find different solutions and approaches that will keep their consumers happy, while meeting government regulations at the same time.”

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