Motion Control Resources
Trinamic Welcomes Managing Director Tonio Barlage
TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH & Co. KG Posted 10/01/2017
TRINAMIC Motion Control expands its management team in order to deal with the current and projected growth. Tonio Barlage joins the company headquartered in Hamburg as Managing Director so that Founder and CEO Michael Randt can focus on the company’s future as a growing global leader in motor and motion control. Or, as Tonio puts it himself, to make sure Michael has the “power and energy to focus on what’s really important: new products and new customers.”
Tonio’s impressive career immediately after his studies at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), where he studied business administration, electrical engineering, and completed his PhD in banking. Following 6 years as Audit Division Manager at Arthur Andersen in Düsseldorf, Tonio became CFO, COO and President of the hydraulics company Sauer in Neumünster in 1986, which he took public in 1998 and merged with Danish Danfoss in 2000, which left him in charge as president of an international powerhouse providing state-of-the-art integrated hydraulic systems and services for mobile off-highway vehicles.
Besides turning Sauer into a world leader in hydraulics, Tonio Barlage has extensive experience as Board Member, serving on the Boards of DBD, nanotron, Innolume and Panoratio through PolyTechnos Venture-Partners – a venture capital firm where he’s Managing Partner since 2003, focusing on investments in the ITC and IT sector. He furthermore serves as Chief Financial Advisor at ImmunoGenes, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at DF Deutsche Forfait and Managing Director Investment Banking at Bryan, Garnier & Co. As to why Tonio accepted to work for TRINAMIC Motion Control, he has a clear answer. “The company is future-oriented, has quality products, and is smarter and faster than its competitors,” something he values highly and attributes to the expertise of the German engineers and Michael’s American approach.
During his time at Sauer-Danfoss, also known as Danfoss Power Solutions Inc., Tonio created the Slovakia and China divisions of the firm. Combined with his admirable record, this makes him a valuable asset to TRINAMIC Motion Control. Not only to take over some of the administrative responsibilities of Michael Randt but also to advise on future growth and penetrating new markets.