On 28 May 2019, Philip F. W. Harting (44), Chairman of the Board of the HARTING Technology Group based in Espelkamp, was elected the new Chairman of AUMA – the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. He succeeds Walter Mennekes, Managing Partner and Managing Director of Mennekes Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG based in Kirchhundem, who had chaired the association since 2013.
Philip Harting joined the AUMA board in 2008. After studying electrical engineering and economics and earning a degree in business administration, he joined the family business. As Managing Director Asia in Hong Kong until 2008, he oversaw the expansion of the company’s second-largest foreign market, and then joined its board as the member in charge of connectivity and networks. In 2015 he became Chairman of the Board of the HARTING Technology Group.
The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connector equipment for data, signal and power systems. The company has more than 5,000 employees worldwide. In the 2017/18 business year it posted sales of 762 million euros, two thirds of which from exports.
Philip Harting is a member of the board of the German Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (ZVEI) and chairman of ZVEI’s Electronic Components and Systems trade association. He is also a member of the Industrial Automation advisory committee of Hannover Messe.
AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, has 74 members, including 38 industry associations representing exhibitors, visitors and service companies, as well as 36 exhibition organisers. Its main activities consist of representing the interests of the entire exhibition industry, informing and advising exhibitors and visitors, supporting state subsidy programmes for exhibitors, and providing research, education, further training and marketing for exhibitions “made in Germany”.
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