New generation takes over at KEIL 24 May 2019

A new generation of managing directors is set to take over at KEIL Befestigungstechnik GmbH. The company will also move into new company headquarters.

Fastening specialist KEIL has stood for quality and reliability for more than fifty years. The KEIL undercut anchor has developed into a global brand since its beginnings in the 1980s.
Countless architects, planners, fabricators and clients trust the technical solutions of KEIL Befestigungstechnik. Thousands of facades worldwide have been permanently and securely fastened with the KEIL Hinterschittanker.

The family business has been successfully run by owners Petra and Jürgen Bergfelder for many years. On 1st May, 2019, the management was expanded to include new managing directors, Gerda Söhngen and Christian Schmidt.

Gerda Söhngen is daughter of the owner and has known the company since childhood, closely following its development over the years. Ms Söhngen now manages the company in the third generation and is responsible for technology and production.

Christian Schmidt, responsible for sales and marketing, has extensive global experience in sales of technical products. After 13 years in various positions at Akzo Nobel, Mr Schmidt was most recently Sales Manager at SFS intec GmbH in Oberursel for seven years.

At the end of June 2019, KEIL Befestigungstechnik GmbH relocates to new company headquarters within Engelskirchen.

Petra and Jürgen Bergfelder will hand over to the new managing directors in a timely manner. They will continue to support KEIL Befestigungstechnik GmbH in an advisory capacity and ensure a smooth transition.

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