(Munich, June 9, 2017) Georg P. Holzinger was awarded an honorary doctorate from the faculty of mechanical engineering at the Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz) at an academic ceremony on May 31, 2017. Holzinger is Vice President Technologies IMM (Injection Molding Machinery) at KraussMaffei as well as President IMM for China. The honorary doctorate was awarded as a tribute to Holzinger's achievements and contributions to science and technology – particularly in the area of lightweight construction and in the close collaboration with TU Chemnitz.
In his opening speech, the dean of the faculty for mechanical engineering at the university, Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampke, praised Holzinger for the example he has set: "He has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of lightweight key enabling technologies through his exceptional achievements and extraordinary commitment." The dean went on to say that, by awarding this honorary doctorate, the faculty for mechanical engineering is also sending a strong signal on the value of linking up research and teaching, science and industry within an international context. He also explains that Holzinger's dedication ensures that new technologies are put into practice quickly and are scaled for large-scale production processes.
Holzinger has been with KraussMaffei since 2008, initially as General Manager of R&D and as Vice President Technologies IMM since July 2014. He has overall responsibility for R&D and order management mechanical design department. His role also covers the strategic alignment of the company's technological development to market requirements as well as implementation of the global engineering footprint. He has managed KraussMaffei Group China in Shanghai & Haiyan since January 2012. Holzinger is also a founding member and chairman of the industrial advisory board in the German Cluster of Excellence MERGE at Chemnitz University of Technology and thus promotes lightweight construction at the faculty of mechanical engineering.