Terex recently appointed Dr. Ascan Klein as the new director of competency center technology platforms for Terex Cranes. In this newly established position, Dr. Klein’s role is to drive common approaches for crane equipment software, electronics, hydraulics and load management, where technology commonality throughout the product lines will benefit Terex Cranes’ customers globally.
Dr. Klein’s deep engineering experience in the crane industry spans a career of more than 16 years. He rejoins Terex Cranes, where he held multiple leadership positions in engineering until 2011. He has spent the last five years with a multinational crane equipment manufacturer, where he held various management positions focusing on product innovation. Most recently his management skills were put to use in a global capacity in the area of advancing excellence for control systems.
The Engineering Competency Centers serve as cornerstones to Terex Cranes’ new and enhanced product engineering, development and management program. These centers develop common approaches to technology platforms i.e. crane controls and componentry, which are then leveraged by local engineering teams to address local customer feedback, improve service response time and drive new product development.
“Having these Competency Centers will improve our responsiveness to customers by incorporating their feedback into crane design and introducing it to the market in the same manner and more quickly,” explains Harry Bussmann, group vice president, global engineering, product management and marketing. “Dr. Klein’s broad and deep engineering experience is exactly what is necessary to successfully lead the development of our new Technology Competency Center.”