Managing directors Jordi Farres and Merce Margarit, who have been involved with the Wittmann Group’s Spanish business in all its various guises since the late 1980s, are taking retirement, the Group has announced.
Salvador Gracia, who previously held the position of Strategic Finance Manager, will be stepping into the leadership role, effective 1 October.
The relationship between the two managing directors Jordi Farres and Merce Margarit and Dr. Werner Wittmann, the founder of the Wittman Group, dates back to the late 1980s, when Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte GmbH, as the Wittmann Group was then known, started selling its flow controllers to Spanish machine manufacturer Margarit. Later on, Margarit launched Deaplast, a trading company specialised in auxiliary equipment, which also sold the flow controllers and temperature controllers made by Wittmann. In 1990, the collaboration between Wittmann and Deaplast was made official through the signing of an agency contract. In 1992, Deaplast was then acquired by Wittmann, and Farres and Margarit were appointed managing directors of the new company, Wittmann Robot System S.L. The two remained with the company through the various expansions and name changes, including ultimately, the integration of Battenfeld Iberica. Known today as Wittmann Battenfeld Spain S.L., the company employs 38 staff members and continues to grow the business throughout the Iberian peninsula.
Salvador Gracia has been with the company since 2008. He has been preparing for his new role since the middle of 2020, and on 1 October, will officially take over the reins of the company.