March 04, 2009

Dr. Heinrich Petra appointed to head of engineering services

According to the new strategy, Valmet Automotive has expanded its services in product and process engineering. The engineering resources are being further reinforced to better respond to the changing needs of automotive customers.

Dr. Heinrich Petra has been appointed to Senior Vice President, Engineering Services as of the beginning of April. He will be responsible for the growth of the engineering services of Valmet Automotive and especially the future development the company's competencies in product engineering.

Dr. Petra has made a long career in European automotive industry. At BMW he was responsible for the development of engine and power transmission and for engineering projects of e.g. Mini and Land Rover models. He has also consulted major automotive and engineering companies. Dr. Petra has worked in several countries including United Kingdom and the USA.

The main two operational functions of Valmet Automotive are manufacturing services and engineering services. The head of manufacturing is Mr. Risto Hukkanen, Executive Vice President. Mr. Petra and Mr. Hukkanen report to Mr. Ilpo Korhonen, President of Valmet Automotive.