Wolfgang Kneer named CEO of MBtech North America: Troy-based MBtech North America announced Thursday that Wolfgang Kneer is its new presient and CEO. The bilingual manager has extensive international experience and has worked for MBtech North America in the past. He built the manufacturing engineering business in the United States and established the branch office in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Together with AKKA Technologies, MBtech is the largest engineering and consulting service provider in the European automotive and aerospace industry. Currently, MBtech operates in the U.S. from three locations — in Michigan, Alabama and Texas. In addition, MBtech already works on several client projects in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and California. The future goal is to build a strong presence closer to the customer. MBtech’s strength in electronics, process engineering and planning, and program and project management, will be continued. Additional services will lead into MBtech North America becoming a preferred service and solution provider to the aerospace and automotive industry. Kneer has a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering as well as a Ph.D. in economics. Kneer started his career in 1998 at the Daimler Group. Throughout his career he has led production, planning and project teams through several new car launches, Kaizen projects, the introduction of new IT systems and methods, and factory design projects. MBtech Group is an internationally leading engineering and consulting company focusing on the mobility industry. The company has 3000 employees at locations in Europe, North America and Asia.