On February 26, 2020 Werner Paul, Managing Director and associate of PAUL Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG (Dürmentingen/Germany) died unexpectedly at the age of 67 years.
Werner Paul, grandson of company founder Max Paul, studied industrial engineering and computer science at the University of Karlsruhe and joined the company in 1976. Throughout his life, he was significantly involved in numerous new and further developments. For example, the first electronic control system for optimizing cross-cut systems was developed by him, but he was also the driving force behind new machine types, such as the CGL or KME3 circular edgers and the C11 optimizing cross-cut saws, to name but a few.
In 1985 Werner Paul joined the management and at this time also laid the foundation for electronic data acquisition and data processing. For decades, his energy, intelligence, inventive talent and willpower were devoted to the successful and stable development of the company. He brought the company forward in international competition and was able to create and maintain secure jobs in the region. He has made a significant contribution to the fact that the name PAUL has become an established brand in the sawmill and timber industry. The company, which already has 95 years of company history, today employs about 300 people.
"On the one hand, we are deeply dismayed by the sudden loss of Werner Paul, but on the other hand we are also glad that he was able to pass on his knowledge to the next generation during the past years, so that normal business operations can be continued without restrictions in the future", says Managing Director Barbara Hering and his son Maximilian Paul.