Effective January 1, 2020 Forst Technologie GmbH & Co. KG of Solingen, Germany had established their own wholly owned U.S. subsidiary Forst Technology Americas.
Forst is a global technology leader in the design and manufacturing of broaching machines and associated tools, i.e. to produce ring gears in automatic transmissions and disks in jet engines or power generation turbines. All major automobile and disk manufacturers and their Tier-1 suppliers are among the customers Forst has established over the past 100 years.
With the new U.S. organization, Forst has complete management control over their broaching machine and tool business, service, and sharpening activities in what Forst has identified as the most important market for Forst globally.
Ulrich Salwender, who has been the global sales director and vice president at the Forst headquarters in Solingen Germany for 33 years, retired on August 31, 2020. He was succeeded by Jan Eberhard who has been the global sales director at the Forst headquarter since 2018. Before joining Forst, Eberhard held various senior management positions with global companies. Peter Hoelzel has been appointed general manager of Forst Technology Americas, LLC. He has held various senior management positions with U.S. subsidiaries of global companies.
Simon Brauns is in the process of transitioning from the Forst headquarters in Germany to the U.S. where he will be the major liaison for the Forst customers. He has been appointed senior account manager and customer service North America. Previously, he held various positions as application engineer and senior manager business development in global US and German companies.