Rüsselsheim/Kaiserslautern. The Opel plant in Kaiserslautern will get a new plant manager: Peter Winternheimer will take over the reins at the engine and component plant in western Palatinate on August 1, 2016. The 47-year-old, previously Director Manufacturing Engineering, Strategy and Planning, will succeed Manfred Gellrich who has decided to leave the company.
“Kaiserslautern is getting an experienced quality and manufacturing expert in Peter Winternheimer who knows the plant like the back of his hand,” said Philip Kienle, Vice President Manufacturing. Peter Winternheimer was production manager and acting plant manager of the Kaiserslautern plant before accepting his current role at the company HQ in Rüsselsheim where he was responsible for the European component strategy. “At the same time I would like to thank Manfred Gellrich for the contribution he made for Opel/Vauxhall over more than 20 years and wish him all the best for his future,” added Kienle.
Peter Winternheimer, who was born in Mainz in 1968, studied mechanical engineering at the technical university in Kaiserslautern. He graduated with as a mechanical engineer in 1995. Winternheimer joined Opel later that year and has since held diverse management positions at all German plants. This included managing quality assurance in Bochum and Eisenach.