Dr. Kurt Braatz
Senior Vice President
Strategy and Corporate Communications
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
The Supervisory Board of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann has appointed Dr.-Ing. Axel Scheibel (59) to the company’s Management Board. In his new function, he will be responsible for development and production from 1 July 2021, thus completing the management body traditionally consisting of three persons, in which Ralf Ketzel (CEO) and Horst Rieder (CFO) temporarily shared Axel Scheibel’s future tasks.
After obtaining his doctorate and working at the University of Kassel, Axel Scheibel joined the then Wegmann GmbH in Kassel in 1995, which merged with the defense technology division of Munich-based Krauss-Maffei AG four years later to form Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Scheibel still holds teaching positions at universities, including the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg.
Over the past twelve years as Head of Research and Development, Axel Scheibel has played a key role in shaping KMW’s path to the top among the manufacturers of military land systems in Europe. The leading edge technology represented by products such as the Leopard main battle tank, the Puma infantry fighting vehicle, the self-propelled howitzer 2000 or the Boxer modular multirole vehicle all bear his signature, as do the project steps taken so far to develop the future Franco-German land combat system MGCS, which is to be delivered from 2035.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a company belonging to the Franco-German defence technology group KNDS, is the market leader in Europe for heavily armoured wheel and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Singapore and the USA, more than 4,000 employees develop, manufacture and support a comprehensive product portfolio. This ranges from air-transportable and heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) to reconnaissance air defence and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, remote controlled howitzer 155, self-propelled howitzer 2000, DONAR* and AGM) to main battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), armoured infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems. It also includes command and information systems as well as remote-controlled gun mounts with reconnaissance and observation equipment. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG also has extensive system expertise in the areas of civilian and military simulation. The armed forces of more than 50 countries around the world rely on KMW deployment systems.
* Joint projects with national and international partners Unless otherwise indicated, all products are registered trademarks of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG