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Dr.  Gunter Beitinger

Vice President Manufacturing Siemens Digital Factory

Dr. Gunter Beitinger, studied process automation, industrial engineering and business administration. In addition to his doctor thesis he has published more than 35 scientific articles and holds various patents. After 5 years as a Research Collaborator at the University of Erlangen, he started his career in 1999 as a manufacturing planner in the automotive industry. From 2000 to 2003 he was Plant Service and Project Manager in both Mexico and the USA and from 2003 to 2005 he worked as a Management Consultant for the executive board of Siemens VDO Automotive. In 2007 he became Director of Industrial Engineering at Siemens Healthcare and supported his team of specialist healthcare manufacturing sites, laboratories, research centres and hospitals to increase efficiency and productivity. 

In these positions, Dr. Beitinger has coached lean and change projects for plants, office, laboratories and hospitals in the EU, the NAFTA region, in China, Malaysia and India.

In 2011 he switched back to Siemens Industry and was the Director of the electric motor plant in Guadalajara, Mexico. In a publication “The Five Fundamental Jigsaw Pieces for Successful Lean Implementation” he describes how his plant in Mexico mastered the lean journey to become fully sustainable.

In 2015 he returned to Germany as Vice President of Manufacturing for the Business Unit “Factory Automation”, Siemens AG. In this position he is managing the ecosystem of several electronic plants, some of which are amongst the most advanced in the world and the epitome of digitalisation. Since 2016 he leads the digital transformation of 22 plants for the “Digital Factory” division and dedicates 50% of his time on the definition of the digital roadmap. In the book “Handbuch Industrie 4.0” (published 2017; Translation: Handbook Industry 4.0) he describes what it means to run a full digital manufacturing site.