VDMA Machine Vision: New Board Elected, Mark Williamson Appointed Chairman

  • September 23, 2021
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VDMA Machine Vision: New Board Elected, Mark Williamson Appointed Chairman
VDMA Machine Vision: New Board Elected, Mark Williamson Appointed Chairman

Frankfurt - Sept. 23, 2021 - Within the context of the members' assembly of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, the members of the VDMA Machine Vision division elected a new board. Mark Williamson, managing director of STEMMER IMAGING Ltd. and member of the STEMMER IMAGING AG’s senior leadership team was subsequently appointed Chairman by the newly elected VDMA Machine Vision Board.
"The machine vision industry is in a state of transition. In recent years, we have seen many changes including company consolidations along with significant technological developments," said Williamson after his election. "We have the emergence of new players including start-ups, international corporations, and internet giants. Vision is seen as a key technology in the trend towards digitalization, both in and outside the factory environment creating a lot of interest in vision technology. The European machine vision industry is in an excellent position. Between 2013 and 2019, turnover in Germany alone grew by an average of 9 per cent per year. In 2020, while turnover declined by 4 percent due to Covid-19, the decline was nowhere near as drastic as in many other industries with good prospects for future growth. It is important to strengthen this excellent standing, to open up further growth markets in the industrial and non-industrial environment and to include new players. The VDMA Machine Vision division, with over 115 members across Europe, has an important role to play in enabling this potential growth."

"Our thanks go to the former Chairman, Klaus-Henning Noffz, who during his 9 years on the Board of VDMA Machine Vision (including the last three years as Chairman) has achieved many things for the industry with a great deal of commitment," Williamson continued. Klaus-Henning Noffz has decided not to stand for re-election for personal reasons.
For the period 2021 - 2024, the following industry representatives will lead and guide the affairs of the VDMA Machine Vision division:

  1. Heiko Frohn - CTO, VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
  2. Horst Heinol-Heikkinen - Founder and CEO, ASENTICS GmbH & Co. KG, Siegen, Germany
  3. Martin Klenke - Director Business Development, Teledyne Imaging, Heidelberg, Germany
  4. Hardy Mehl - CFO, COO and CMO Product Business, BASLER AG, Ahrensburg, Germany
  5. Donato Montanari - Board member, Deevio GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  6. Olaf Munkelt - Co-founder and Managing Director, MVTec Software GmbH, M√ľnchen, Germany
  7. Uwe Wiedermann - Vice President Smart Factory Automation, ISRA VISION AG, Darmstadt, Germany
  8. Mark Williamson - Member of STEMMER IMAGING AG’s senior leadership team and Managing Director, Stemmer Imaging Ltd., Tongham, Surrey, United Kingdom

The VDMA represents about 3300 German and European companies in the mechanical engineering industry. The industry represents innovation, export orientation, medium-sized companies and employs about four million people in Europe, more than one million of them in Germany.
As part of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association, VDMA Machine Vision has more than 115 members: suppliers of machine vision systems and components as well as integrators. The aim of this industry-driven platform is to support the machine vision industry through a wide range of activities and services. Key areas of work are statistical analyses and the annual market survey Machine Vision, standardisation activities, marketing, public relations, trade fair policy and networking events and conferences.

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