Heinze - Automotive Leather Engineer (B.SC.) - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Klaus Heinze

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Automotive Leather Engineer (B.SC.)


As a leather Engineer, the qualifications involve Chemistry, Leather Science &Technology, Histology and Leather Tanning. In other words from the cow to the Car Seat.
My career path took me into areas of Business management and Marketing, which fostered reputable relationships within the OEM circles.

Work History

Tasks and daily functions Product Development

Address of Employer

Up to June 2013

Planta Victoria

Activities Leather Finishing / cut & trim

Product Portfolio Automotive Leather (OEM)
Position Leather Engineering Manager
Tasks and daily functions Product Development
Customer leather approval process
Production improvement scope plan
Cost saving initiatives with execution plan
Production specific training (Color matching and Mixing room)
Production scheduling and Planning improvement training
SOP Launch plan
Handover process, product introduction, training and launch
Mashine supplier liason for Automated cutting system

Product development VW (Golf)

Reason for resignation Due to delays in gaining US Visa status to reside in El Paso and the unsafe environment of Juarez, Mexico

Zibane Leathers cc

Industrial Township
Brits, 0250
South Africa
Activities Tannery / Finishing / Cutting facility

Product Portfolio -Shoe upper
-Furniture leather
-Automotive leather
-General leather goods
Position Project Consultant (Build of new Finishing & Cutting facility

Tasks and project mandate

-Design and layout of new Finishing & Cutting facility
-Commissioning and sign-off for the new facility
-Process planning with Launch plan integration
-Overall plant Budget planning and roll-out
-Positioning of new Technical team
-Workforce hiring and taining
-Draughting of all legal documents (Sales-, employment and general Contracts)
-Interaction with international Mashine suppliers
-Logistics Management
-Customer liaison and Market research for new product portfolio
-Formulation and inception of the Marketing and Strategy plan
-Induction for new Sales Team and training on the Product
Architecture and RFQ system
-Product development, PPAP and customer approval (Sign-off)
-Launch of new (Water-jet Cutting) facility and training
-Inception of community home-based manufacturing Network
-Start-up of a sewing facility
-Live evaluation system, monitoring of costs and savings plan

Reason for parting Contract ended and successful business launch

Tannery Industries Botswana Pty

Name of Employer Tannery Industries Botswana Pty (Ltd)

Address fo Employer Plot 21336

Activities Retanning & Finishing facility

Product Portfolio -Furniture leather
- Shoe upper leather
- Automotive leather (aftermarket)
-General leather (Garment, traditional and Leather Goods)

Position General Manager - Marketing & Sales
Tasks and daily functions -Managing of Company, reporting directly to the Board
-Turnaround strategy linked to new business success plan
-Recapitalization and execution plan
-Budget planning
-Board presentations, budget and measurables
-Introduction of new Marketing plan
-Introduction of company operations plan
-Technical supervison and product development
-Submission of new products to customers and launch
-Revision of cost saving programs and future strategies
-Improvement of delivery system

-Project incubation between international Automtive OEM and
Sewing company
-Cost modelling for the above alliance project

Reason for ending contract

Contract reached maturity and chose not to extend due to personal reasons

Sutures Manufacturing cc

Medgut• Pty (Ltd)

Address of Employer 2-4 Pauling Street
Kimberley, 8300
South Africa

Activities Surgical Sutures manufacturing facility
Needling, packaging and Sterilization for human use

Product Portfolio -CatGut ( human & vetenary use)
-PGA (Cosmetic surgery)

Position CEO
Tasks and daily functions -Managing of company
-Introduction of new purchasing system of raw materials
-Marketing and Sales Network expansions via the European
Sales Office
-Expansion of product range into the Russian SBU
- Registration of Trademarks and new product branding
-Product development, medical Board approval
-Product launch and customer awareness training
- Customer liaison (Medical Departments, Surgeons, Doctors,
-Reports to the Board of Directors
-Introduction of new controlling systems
-Positioning of the Company for a Take-over (Acquisition) local
Healthcare Group (BEE Black Economic Empowerment)

Reason for ending contract
Sale of the Business and new Management take-over

Members to assist in the family organization

Address of Employer

38 Hobdays Crescent
Silver Lakes
South Africa

Activies Consulting Service
Product Portfolio -Leather Management
-Project Management
-Technical adivisory Service
-Product development
-Marketing and Sales planning
-Product approval
-SOP planning and execution

Position Owner - CEO
Tasks and daily functions -Introduction of a Mexican based Automotive Tannery into the
European OEM circle
-Market analysis
-Business profiling
-Project Plan for specific tasks and or SOP for new product
-Execution - Launch planning

-Customer visits, i.e. customer liaison function between
Tannery and OEM
-Product development, analyis, approval and launch
-New line developments for Roadshow
-Roadshow event planning and hosting

Reason for ending contract

Due to the passing of my father, I was requested by the family
Members to assist in the family organization

Tasks and daily functions -Project Management

Eagle Ottawa SA Pty

Address of Employer Chrome Street
South Africa

Name of Employer Eagle Ottawa LLC Ltd
Address of Employer Thellwall Lane
United Kingdom

Activities Tannery / Finishing / Cutting / Sewing

Product Portfolio Automotive Interior Leather Manufacturing

Position Technical Director Europe - South Africa

Tasks and daily functions -Project Management
-Product development
-Product approval (ISIR) - inception to launch
-Introduction of new Technical Team
-Technical and Project Meeting host
-Quality system introduction (TS 16949 - ISO 14000) member of the integration team
-Quality system adoption (APQP)
-Contineous improvement based on FMEA principals
-General prodcution problem solving
-New role integration, reporting structure to Marketing & Sales

-Development of the Product Architecture (cost driven data
-Formation of Product Architecture Team integration of Supplier
Screening and cost profiling, linked to rebate schemes
-Research & Development integration of wet-end and finishing
-Research on new leather developments (green Technologies)
-Introduction of Handover procedures, sign-off by production
New product lines
Customer liaison and link between Design, Technical,
Commercial and purchasing
-Customer contact from Project start to SOP
-Marketing - direct integration between customer expectations and technical comprehension
-Cost saving program management (introduction of Foam
Finishing Increase in Cutting yield)
-Development of new raw material sources, linked to alternative
Animal types, incl. Split finishes for (Monatana S)
-Simulation test developments fin In- and Engress behaviour,
noise reduction, and other abrasion testing (longterm robotic
Corporate governance and baordmeetings

Approvals achieved -BMW (E60 / E90)
-Daimler Chrysler (W211) Nappa, Catania and shrink optimized
leather for door...

Marketing & Sales

Name of Institution

Negotiations skill development

Finishing Manager

King Tanning Pty

(Ltd), part of the Kolosus Holdings Group

Address of Employer Bridge Street
King Williams Town
East London
South Africa

Technical Partnership Vogl Mattighofen, Austria
Activities Tannery - Finishing - Cutting facility

Product Portfolio Automotive Interior Leather (OEM)
Position Research & Development Manager
Finishing Manager

Tasks and daily function -Project Management
-Development of new leather products with integration of latest
Chemical process and recipes
-Technical Work-instructions and training
-OEM ISIR Approval
-Introduction of the (Green Area) concept into the finishing plant
-Production control , Labor force and workload
-Control system implementation for process optimization -
increased productivity (incentive system)
-Working accordance to strict budgetary guidelines
-Management reports and presentations
-Process integration for new product launches
-ISO 9000 integration team
-Production planning & sheduling
-Evaluation of lab tested batch releases
Approvals achieved -BMW (3-Series)
-Mercedes Benz (C-and E-Class)
-Audi (A3) first chrome free leather developement in South Africa
-Honda (Civic & Ballade)
-Mitsubishi (Colt)
-Aviation Leather (SAA and British Airways)
-German Railways (ICE Train)
-General Furniture Leather

School and Professional Education

Trainer endorsed

Name of Institution

Westdeutsche Gerberschule Reutlingen
Lederinstitute Gerberschule Reutlingen

Qualification achieved BsC in Leather Engineering and Technology
Trainer endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce Reutlingen

Name of Institution

Hanni Leathers (Pty) Ltd (later Seton)

Address of Institution Vosterkroon Road
South Africa

Duties and daily tasks -Raw hide salting
-Raw hide grading
-Green and lime fleshing
-Liming through to tanning

-Dyehouse and retanning
-Drying and crust milling
-Finishing (Automotive, Furniture and Splits)
-Cutting plant

Qualification achieved Leather Technology (Apprenticeship)

Industrial Mechanic


Qualifications & Certifications


Primary School

Deutsche Schule Pretoria (German School Pretoria South Africa)

Christian Brothers College Kimberley South Africa

Deutsche Schule Kapstadt (German School Cape Town South Africa)

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