Dr. Peter Barton appointed CTO of Wolffkran

Dr. Peter Barton and Dr. Peter Schiefer.
Dr. Peter Barton and Dr. Peter Schiefer.


With an exhibition stand presenting the crane manufacturer as a fullservice provider Wolffkran introduced its new leitmotif 'Wolffkran MORE' at the bauma in Munich this year.

“It was a very successful fair”, said Dr. Peter Schiefer, CEO, Wolffkran. On the occasion of the bauma he introduced the new Wolffkran Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Dr. Peter Barton whose entry into the company is an important step on the ladder of success of the Heilbronn-based crane manufacturer.

“I am delighted to have Dr. Barton at my side, a highly innovative and dynamic CTO who knows the industry and who is extremely experienced in future-oriented technology, digitization, industry 4.0 and internationalization. Together with the Wolff team we want to continue our successful development,” said Schiefer.

Dr. Barton competed his mechanical engineering and subsequent doctorate in the field of gear technology at the Ruhr-University Bochum. He graduated with honors, in the shortest time as possible and as the best graduate in the faculty’s history. Furthermore, Barton received the SEW - Foundation Graduate Award, the so-called "Nobel Prize" for young engineers, and he invented and registered numerous national and international patents.

As head of Development at SEW-Eurodrive, a globally operating market leader in the field of drive technology, Barton had the leading role in the start-up-management and development of the new “Industrial Gear Units” division. At SEW-Eurodrive as well as at Liebherr-Components, here in his function as General Manager Engineering Drive Technology, Barton was responsible for several groundbreaking innovations: in the development of future-oriented technologies, products and strategies. In addition, opening new international markets was a key task in which the CTO made a decisive contribution to the company's growth and gained extensive experience on a global level.

“I was warmly welcomed by the Wolffs and I am delighted about my new task. Team spirit is at the top of Wolffkran’s values. Only together, we can successfully tackle the challenges and competition of the global market and further expand our leading position. A trusting and appreciative cooperation with all managers and employees is very close to my heart,” said Barton.

"The Wolff is always one crane length ahead! That is both our goal and our claim, in many respects, but especially in terms of safety and technology. In this field we want to continue setting high standards as highly innovative leaders. More than ever, the complex and constantly growing demands of large digital construction sites are very challenging. We want to set milestones, not only by diversifying our product portfolio. Technological leadership in all areas, whether in the development and patenting of USPs, in industry 4.0, BIM, life cycle management and digitization, or in the further innovative development of assistance systems and the smart linking of components and assemblies to form modular kits. Innovation is our pacemaker, motor and guarantee for success. For this, we do not only rely on the inventive spirit of the Wolffs, but also on a fruitful cooperation with leading universities and research institutes worldwide,” he added.

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