Biological Transformation of Manufacturing

Dr. Joachim Schulz

Aesculap AG

Personal Statement

"The B. Braun Group as a hospital provider with a traditionally high level of vertical range of manufacture has, due to its product range, a high affinity for biology, in particular human biology, as many products interact with it. Aspects such as automation, process digitization, hygiene and LEAN principles have been in the foreground in the company's own industrial value chain. Whether biology itself offers working principles or analogies that can revolutionize these value chains is not only a question of perspective, but also of exploring possible potential."

Work experience

2017Chairman of the Board, Aesculap AG and Member of the Management Board, B. Braun Melsungen AG
2008Member of the Management Board, Aesculap AG Supervisory
Board mandates in various Group companies
2004Additional appointment as managing director of Aesculap Suhl GmbH
1999Overall management of the production of Aesculap AG & Co. KG
1998Appointed Procurator
1996Head of the Production division of the Surgery division
1994Call back to Tuttlingen for new conception and harmonization of the production control
1992Production Manager at Aesculap Ltd Sheffield
1989Takeover of the newly created department Technical Controlling, Plant Planning and Investment Planning
1988Assistant to the Board Member responsible for Production and Technology

Course of studies

1988Doctorate, RWTH Aachen
1982 – 1987Activities at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen
1976 – 1982Studies of mechanical engineering, specializing in aerospace, RWTH Aachen