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Eckelmann founds subsidiary in France

FRANCE: Eckelmann continues to expand its presence in France: the German automation provider founded Eckelmann S.A.S with head office in Lyon at the end of April 2022. Baudelaire Meli Dountsop has been appointed Directeur Général. Since 2019, he was already working as Sales Manager France, supporting existing and new customers in France and francophone European countries.

L-r: CEO Philipp Eckelmann, Baudelaire Meli Dountsop and Thomas Behr, vice president refrigeration and building automation.

Eckelmann  is now expanding its competence team in Lyon and, in addition to its focus on refrigeration and building automation, would like to increasingly act as a solution partner for industrial automation in mechanical and plant engineering in the future. For customers in France, Eckelmann's on-site presence means even more comprehensive technical and sales support without language barriers and simplified order processing. Satisfied customers already include numerous refrigeration specialists, food retailers and wholesalers, in addition to internationally operating machine builders.

The Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) is an important bridge between Germany and France: in the course of the start-up phase, Eckelmann received excellent support and advice from the Franco-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (La Chambre Franco-Allemande de Commerce et d'Industrie). 'We have found the cooperation with the AHK to be very fruitful,' emphasises Thomas Behr, vice president refrigeration and building automation. 'We benefit from the in-depth knowledge of the French market and practical information about legal issues. We also feel very well advised here when it comes to further developing business relations in France.'

Meli Dountsop has been involved with refrigeration and air conditioning technology since his school days in Cameroon. After graduating from a technical grammar school with this focus, he studied thermal engineering and energy in France. With a technical specialisation in refrigeration, he has obtained two master's degrees ? one in industrial engineering and one with focuses on quality, safety and the environment. Meli Dountsop gained professional experience at companies in the field of energy and air-conditioning technology, including a well-known French manufacturer of air-conditioning systems and chillers. Since 2019, Meli Dountsop has been instrumental in building Eckelmann's operations in France and identifying market opportunities for further growth. He speaks French, English and German.

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