Willi Papenheim

Factory planning. Production planning. Industrialisation. Production-costs optimisation. Failure analysis. Series startup management.


Former Director of Manufacturing Technology at Siemens Diesel Systems. An international expert with consulting mandates for VW, Bosch, Continental, BorgWarner, Getrag, Yu Chai, Iran Khodro.


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1975 - 1981    Head of materials logistics with overall power of attorney at

                          Cross-Europawerk in Wendlingen

1981 - 1987    Head of operations for special machinery production at Cross-Europawerk

1987 - 1992    first vice divisional head, then divisional head from 1989 of special machines

                          at the machine factory Gebr. Heller GmbH in Nürtingen

1992 - 1997    Head of production at Hydraulik-Ring GmbH in Nürtingen

                          from 1995 also at the plant in Limbach-Oberfrohna (near Chemnitz)

1997 - 1999    Project manager at Siemens VDO in Limbach-Oberfrohna

                          responsible for test setup and the complete production of diesesl high-pressure injection systems


1999 - 2001    Director of Manufacturing Technology at Siemens Diesel Systems Technology in Blythewood SC, USA


from 2001       Technical consultant and freelancer, first at Siemens VDO, 


since 2003        hofer powertrain

            Themes: Production planning, cost calculation, production, assembly and testing


Reference Projects:  

Cost optimisation of existing production
Support with industrialisation of gear controls
Production planning and production cost calculation of camshaft adjusters
Production planning and machine selection for housings processing
Support with PPAP and series production startup for diesel pumps
Auditing of factories for the production of gears and rear axles overseas
Failure analyses on truck diesel engines, power steering pump and water pump including defining and suggesting switch-off measures