Dr. Roland Seidel

Engineer, Dipl.-Ing.


Business Start-up, Company Structuring and Restructuring
Production Organisation and Management
Value Stream
Cost Reduction and Restructuring
Interim Management
Operationalization of objectives


Suppliers to the Automotive Industry
Forging: Cold, Warm and Hot Forming
Precision Forging

Degree in Mechanical Engineering focused on Production Technology in Hannover

“It is always true that only achievements count, the narrated is not enough.”


Independent Consultant for Production & Logistics

Professional with long term experience in automotive business and leadership responsibility up to managing director level with full P&L accountability

  • Sales responsibility up to 220 mil € and leading 850 employees
  • Implementation of best in class processes and lean enterprise
  • Leadership of technical and functional departments International experience in UK Group (FTSE 100)
Restructuring and reorganisation of GKN Driveline Trier

  • Phase out of product segment „heavy axle shafts“ for tractors
  • Consolidation of product segment „axle shafts for vans and trucks“ as a 100% supplier for a German OEM
  • Restructurimg of forging and machining departments
  • Expansion of Precision Forming incl. toolroom Migration of ERP-Systems (IBM/Plaut => BPCS/CS)
  • Managing the downturn 2008/2009 and recovery 2010
  • Implementation of Lean Enterprise
  • Strategic investment and process development (2010-2012) (20 mil € for the first Hatebur press fully interlinked with cold forming in flowline concept globally)
  • VW Group Quality Award 2007
and Managing Director of GKN Gelenkwellenwerk Kaiserslautern GmbH
  • MD Operations for the Reporting Units Kaiserslautern und Trier within the GKN Driveline Europe Organisation
  • Implementation of a process orientiented organisation
  • Support of set up of a precision forming plant in Poland
  • Customer responsibility for german car manufacturer (OEM)
  • Technical consulting, know-how transfer and projects management for GKN Automotive Driveline Division
  • Organisation of Plant Directors Meetings of GKN Driveline Precision Forming (3 Plants in Europe, 3 in America)
  • Planning and Installation of a Precision Forming Plant at a GKN Joint Venture in Shanghai
  • Scientific & industrial projects management & execution
  • Dissertation: Reduction of thermal damage of forging tools by cooling and lubrication, Graduation Ph. D. „Dr.-Ing.“ on 04/06/1996
Mechanical Engineering, Focus: Production Technologies at University of Hannover