EHC Global Appoints Uwe Fritz to Managing Director of Latin America and the Caribbean Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

EHC Brazil Facility to Serve as Territorial Head Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

 

October 24, 2018 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that Uwe Fritz has been appointed Managing Director of Latin America and the Caribbean. He will continue to be based in Brazil and report to Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, EHC’s facility in Londrina, Brazil will serve as EHC’s Latin American and Caribbean territorial head office.

 

“Uwe has played an integral role in establishing EHC Brazil as a market leader and in helping to grow our presence and sales network in Brazil and throughout the region,” said Jeno Eppel. “The Latin American and Caribbean territory is a unique and strategic market that requires a long-term commitment, strong relationships, a regional presence and support network and a thorough appreciation and understanding of the local needs and market dynamics. Mr. Fritz will also directly manage our facilities in Mexico City where the focus on growth will be the first order of business.”

 

EHC officially opened its facility in Londrina, Brazil on September 23, 2013 to meet the growing demands and supply chain needs of the escalator and moving walk segment. In August 2017, EHC Brazil relocated to a larger facility to support the Company’s growing business and strategic initiatives in Brazil. Today, EHC Brazil is a leading supplier of handrail, rollers and other escalator components to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), maintenance companies and end-users, including major transit systems and airport operators.

 

Prior to this appointment, Uwe Fritz served as EHC’s Managing Director, Brazil. He joined EHC in December 2011 and has nearly 25 years of international sales, manufacturing, product management and engineering experience within the escalator industry. Prior to joining EHC, he held several management positions with Otis Elevator Company in the Czech Republic and Austria. During his 14-year career with Schindler Group, Uwe served as Production Manager with Elevadores Atlas Schindler SA in Brazil and Project Manager, Know-How Transfer in Austria.

 

Uwe holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fundação Dom Cabral and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology. He speaks English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, hospitals, convention centres and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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EHC Global

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EHC Brazil: Grand Opening Ceremony

Oshawa, Canada – September 25, 2013

On September 23rd EHC Global held its formal grand opening of their new facility in Cambé, Paraná, Brazil.  The ceremony included opening speeches from Jeno Eppel, President, EHC Global and Uwe Fritz, Managing Director of EHC Brazil.

Jeno Eppel welcomed Mayor of Cambé, Mr. João Pavinato and assured him that EHC Brazil would be a profitable enterprise, certain to be looked upon as an excellent corporate citizen as they are with all of their businesses worldwide.  Eppel also welcomed the many financial and legal associates in attendance and summoned their continued support, especially in the early days as they absorb all of the unique tax and legal requirements for managing a successful business in Brazil.

Uwe Fritz recognized a key customer, Schindler, who was in attendance as well.  Fritz presented the benefits that EHC Brazil will bring to the market-place, specifically the high quality of NT3000, EHC’s patented TPU escalator handrail and ‘just-in-time’ cost effective deliveries.

Dean Loewenberg, EHC Global Corporate Trainer, impressed guests with a presentation and demonstration of how EHC handrails will be produced in Brazil.  Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting and the requisite champagne, everyone enjoyed a traditional Brazilian buffet.

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Eppel expressed excitement over EHC Brazil’s readiness to commercialize their products in Brazil, and added, “Fritz is to be commended for his efforts and relentless determination over the past 18 months in setting up our business and getting us to the point where we can now begin supplying customer pleasing products to the Brazilian market”.

“Brazil is a unique market and if you have patience, learn to adopt local practices and do it right, then you will prosper quickly and for years into the future”, explained Fritz.

Grand Opening: EHC GLOBAL High Tech Centre (HTC)

On June 4th, 2013 EHC Global celebrated the Grand Opening ceremony of its new factory in Shanghai, China.

Known as EHC High Tech Centre (HTC), the factory represents a total area of over 10,000m²  and is dedicated to the advancement of TPU handrail and belt technologies using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

Honored by 17 distinguished guests as well as EHC Shanghai’s top management team, the ceremony began with a welcome speech delivered by Mr. Stanley Shao – EHC Shanghai Executive Advisor, followed by a few words from EHC GLOBAL Founder & EHC Shanghai Chairman & Managing Director Mr. Ron Ball.  Mr. Ball briefly shared the history and development of EHC Shanghai; his personal involvement with its growth as a witness, contributor and participant of “the fantastic evolution in China” for the past 15 years.  Mr. Ball  also emphasized EHC Shanghai’s mission of providing gainful and meaningful employment for more than 250 people,  as well as “bringing some of the world’s best technology that will help us reduce our carbon footprint”.

Representatives of our esteemed guests, Mr. Eric Pelletier – Vice Consulate General of Canada, and Mr. Zhang Yu Li – Malu Town Mayor, then delivered their speeches. Mr. Zhang spoke highly of EHC’s contribution to local economic growth, and expressed delight agreeing with the achievements and results of EHC’s presence in China’s developmental market.  He went on to recognize EHC as an exemplary and excellent company invested in Jiading New City, and committed to offer continuous care and support to EHC’s growth by providing optimal services and creating a better environment.

Speeches were highlighted with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.  Mr. Eric Pelletier, Mr. Ron Ball, Mr. Sergio Garcia – EHC Shanghai Vice Managing Director, and Ms. Sun Wei – Deputy Head of Jiading District cut the ribbon to declare the official opening of HTC.

The event concluded with a full tour of the HTC facility, where visitors gained strong confidence in EHC’s future prosperity.

Honored guests and representatives seen above cutting the ceremonial ribbon.