Wittenstein North America, based in Bartlett, has named Lars Aldinger vice president of production. He will be responsible for all supply chain activities within the Wittenstein group in North America, including machining, assembly, purchasing, logistics, quality assurance and repair/maintenance service. Aldinger’s primary objective is to transform U.S. manufacturing operations into a more flexible and faster responding partner to meet customers’ demands. Aldinger has worked with Wittenstein in various positions. During the last three years he served as head of the Technology Development at Wittenstein AG, Grüsch, Switzerland. He was responsible for the ramp-up and technical processes of the company’s rack factory. In addition, he was part of a new department at the company headquarters in Harthausen, Germany, which conducts research on new production technologies and prepares implementation programs for the use in Wittenstein plants. Prior to Wittenstein, Aldinger worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart as a consultant in advanced Industrial Engineering. During that time he also earned a Doctor of Engineering degree. He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.