Managing Director of Engel Korea Receives Order of Merit
Robert Bodingbauer, the managing director of Engel Machinery Korea, has been awarded with the Presidential Citation Order of Merit of the Republic of Korea. The order is awarded by the Korean president, Park Geun-Hye, to honor people who have made an outstanding contribution to the country.
The prime minister, Yung Hong-Won, presented it to Mr Bodingbauer for contributing to Korea's industrial development and supporting foreign investments over the course of many years. Robert Bodingbauer was the only foreigner to receive an order of merit from the Korean government this year. Others who were honored along with him included high-ranking managers from corporations such as Hyundai Motors, Samsung SHI and Posco. The Presidential Citation Award is the highest civilian accolade bestowed by the Republic of Korea.
Robert Bodingbauer has worked in Asia for Engel since 1986. After a good number of years in Hong Kong, he moved to Korea in 2003 to take charge of the Engel production plant in Pyeongtaek City. He also has personal connections with Asia, as his wife is Chinese.
Engel has been making injection molding machines in the small and medium clamping force segment in Korea since 2001, and the Pyeongtaek plant plays a key role in the fast-growing markets of Asia. 70% of the machines manufactured in Korea are already exported to China and other Asian countries, and at the beginning of 2013, the site was modernized and the plant's production capacity increased significantly. A few months later, Engel Machinery Korea became the first foreign company to win the Korea National Quality Award. Engel employs a staff of over 170 in Korea.
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