November, 2016

Wolfgang Simmer Elected New EGMF President

Wolfgang Simmer Elected New EGMF President

Long-standing VIKING Sales & Marketing Manager Wolfgang Simmer has recently been elected President of the EGMF, a position which he will hold for the next two years. The EGMF – the European Garden Machinery Federation – is the association of leading European garden, landscaping, forestry and turf equipment manufacturers. VIKING has for many years been a committed member of the Brussels-based organisation, whose mission is to act as a spokesperson for its members on pan-European matters.

Wolfgang Simmer is pleased to be taking on this new role: "Our joint efforts should benefit not least the consumer, as it will mean more transparent product comparisons, for example. It is also about working together to develop the highest standards in quality, safety, ergonomics, environmental compatibility and resource efficiency in the manufacture of gardening power tools and other products."

Simmer previously held the role of Vice-President of the EGMF and was also a member of the Marketing Committee. He has been with the Tyrolean gardening power tool manufacturer since 1990. In his early years with the company he was responsible for VIKING sales in Austria, and then for international sales. He has been Head of Sales & Marketing since 2008.

VIKING GmbH, based in Langkampfen, produces and sells lawn mowers, robotic mowers, ride-on mowers, scarifiers, garden shredders and tillers. VIKING is a member of the STIHL Group and achieved a turnover of € 193.9 million with 373 employees in 2015. Sales partners are service-providing specialist dealers.