"I would like to continue the success story of PI Ceramic with my entire team even after the generation of company founders," is how Dr. Patrick Pertsch sums up his motivation for taking up the position as managing director of PI Ceramic. In 2018, he took over from founding managing director Albrecht Otto. After one year, he now takes stock of the challenges, milestones and successes he has mastered since taking office.
Part of the Success Story for Two Decades
Pertsch knows his company inside and out: over 20 years ago, he started his career at PI in Karlsruhe as a piezo system developer. Originally from Thuringia, he moved back home in 2000, supporting PI Ceramic in Lederhose as development engineer. He was promoted within the internal product division structure, switched to operations in 2014, later became operations manager and finally took over general management of the company in October 2018. In cooperation with the managing director of the parent company, Dr. Peter Schittenhelm, he has been leading PI Ceramic through the day-to-day business for one year.
Challenges, Successes and Great Plans
The responsibility Pertsch resumed with his new position brought with it a number of challenges: in 2018, the company was in the midst of a generational change and important management positions had to be filled. This process has largely been completed; the team is now set up for the future. In the first 365 days, the new managing director also experienced many a beautiful moment: in January a record turnover was celebrated, in May the Tech Center was officially announced, enabling PI Ceramic to produce customer-specific prototypes and small series faster. And with the groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth section of the building in July, the course was set for further growth.