Dr. Thomas Wuensche has been working in the automotive industry for over 25 years, serving as CEO for Chassis Brakes International up to 2020 and being now an Executive Advisor to Hitachi Automotive Systems. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and CEO of Benteler Deutschland GmbH and Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH and before that, he was CEO of Exhaust Technology at Esslingen’s automotive supplier Eberspaecher. Dr. Thomas Wuensche started his career with Muhr und Bender in Germany after having obtained a diploma of engineering at the University of Aachen. He holds a PhD in engineering from the Montan University of Leoben, Austria.
Sebastian Bihari is Managing Partner and co-founder of Vektor Partners, an international venture capital firm in the disruption of the mobility sector. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Head of Automotive Investment Banking EMEA at BNP Paribas. Previously, he worked in M&A with Moelis & Company and Greenhill & Co. Sebastian Bihari graduated in International Economics and Business at University of Innsbruck and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
“We are very proud that we were able to appoint Dr. Thomas Wuensche and Sebastian Bihari as members of the advisory board. Dr. Thomas Wuensche is a highly experienced international automotive expert. AST will strongly benefit from his strategic views and long standing international experience on its growth trajectory by actively contributing to digitalization and electrification through its advanced sensor technologies. Sebastian Bihari is an outstanding entrepreneur in new technologies and the mobility space. Together with his longstanding expertise in M&A, we are looking forward to Sebastian supporting the team in executing its growth strategy”, says Johannes Prosteder, CEO and Managing Director of AST International.
“With the addition of these two highly experienced and regarded individuals to the advisory board we are confident to continue AST’s success story and support management on their journey into new markets and products”, says Johann Scheid, Blantyre Capital shareholder representative.
About Blantyre Capital
Blantyre Capital is a London-based investment firm that has raised in excess of EUR900 million across its flagship funds and co-investment vehicles and that operates across Europe, focused on partnering with European companies in relaunching good businesses.
AST (Advanced Sensor Technologies) International is a technology leader for sensors and controls specialized in Predictive Service & Safety (PS²) Sensors and Sensor Based Controls (SBC). Innovation is combined with corresponding industrialization, process engineering and highly automated series production. AST International is well positioned to support the market trends of industrial digitalization, electrification, and big data. Customers include world-leading companies in the automotive and industry sectors such as domestic appliance and robotics. The company has over 300 employees at its sites in Calw (Germany) and Chodová Planá (Czech Republic), including over 50 highly skilled specialists working in design or in software and hardware development. The patent portfolio already features over 50 patents and utility models.
The Company started its business more than 250 years ago. For more than 40 years, the Company has specialized in electronics and controls, and in sensors for more than 10 years. Millions of cars use AST International´s level & quality sensors (e.g. by using SCR technology). At the same time, level & quality sensors are required for clear vision applications which are becoming increasingly important for autonomous drive.
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