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HIMA appoints new head of process business unit

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With the creation of a separate business unit for the process industry, safety expert HIMA aims to focus their business strategy on stronger global growth and closer customer contact. An international project team will facilitate access to new markets and intensify cooperation with new and existing customers.

Stefan Basenach studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart. After receiving his engineering degree, he worked at the Swiss automation corporation ABB for 24 years. He started there as an engineer for power plant control systems and subsequently worked in various local and global management positions. His last position at ABB was EPC Business Manager, with responsibility for substations in the EMEA region.

“I am pleased to help HIMA in advancing its role as a leading independent manufacturer of smart safety solutions in the process industry. With a strong and enthusiastic team, we intend to maintain our global growth course”, says Basenach.

The newly created position bundles worldwide responsibility for one of HIMA’s most important business areas with a single point of contact. Prior to this, a similar structure was created with the appointment of Sedat Sezgün as head of the Rail business unit, where he acts as the main contact person and leads an international team. Stefan Basenach also reports directly to Sankar Ramakrishnan, CEO of the HIMA Group.

“With his wealth of international experience and outstanding professional and management skills, we are pleased to have Stefan Basenach on board as the head of our important Process business unit”, comments Ramakrishnan. “The new position is part of our business strategy to forge strong customer contacts and effectively open up new markets, and to position HIMA as the first choice for safety technology. At the global level, Stefan Basenach will play a decisive role in the development of our company and the expansion of our activities in the process industry.”

The HIMA Group is the world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications. With more than 35 000 installed TÜV-certified safety systems worldwide, HIMA qualifies as the technology leader in this sector. Its expert engineers develop customised solutions that help increase safety, cyber security and profitability of plants and factories in the digital age.

For over 45 years, HIMA has been a trusted partner to the world's largest oil, gas, chemical, and energy-producing companies. These rely on HIMA solutions, services and consultancy for uninterrupted plant operation and protection of assets, people and the environment. HIMA’s offering includes smart safety solutions that help increase safety and uptime by turning data into business-relevant information. HIMA also provides comprehensive solutions for the efficient control and monitoring of turbomachinery (TMC), burners and boilers (BMC) and pipelines (PMC). In the global rail industry, HIMA’s CENELEC-certified SIL4 COTS safety controllers are leading the way to increased safety, security and profitability.

Founded in 1908, the family-owned company operates from over 50 locations worldwide with its headquarters in Bruehl, Germany. With a workforce of approximately 800 employees, HIMA generated a turnover of approximately €119 million in 2015.

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