Chairman of the board of the Espelkamp-based Harting Technology Group, Philip Harting (pictured), has been elected the new chairman of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry.
Harting succeeds Walter Mennekes, who had chaired the association since 2013.
Harting joined the AUMA board in 2008.
As Managing director – Asia in Hong Kong of his family business until 2008, Harting oversaw the expansion of the company’s second-largest foreign market, and then joined its board as the member in charge of connectivity and networks. In 2015 he became chairman of the Board of Harting Technology Group, a leading provider of industrial connector equipment for data, signal and power systems.
The company has more than 5,000 employees worldwide. In the 2017/18 business year it posted sales of €762m (£673m), two thirds of that from exports.
Harting is a member of the board of the German Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (ZVEI) and chairman of ZVEI’s Electronic Components and Systems trade association. He is also a member of the Industrial Automation advisory committee of Hannover Messe.
AUMA now has 74 members, including 38 industry associations representing exhibitors, visitors and service companies, as well as 36 exhibition organisers.