Sapa Extrusions North America announces that Matthias Kapp has been appointed to automotive application engineer at Sapa’s North American Technical Center. Specializing in engine development and engineering, Kapp brings a valuable skill set to support Sapa’s growing automotive and transportation business.
In his new role, Kapp will be responsible for providing technical and design support for Sapa’s customers in the automotive and on-highway vehicle markets. Kapp will be based in Detroit, MI, and will work closely with customers and Sapa’s manufacturing facilities to successfully develop and launch new programs. Kapp’s extensive experience in product development, manufacturing, program management and his analytical aptitude will bolster Sapa’s ability to leverage its global technical expertise to meet the rapidly growing demand for aluminum in today’s vehicles.
Sapa’s North American Technical Center (NATC) serves as the company’s innovation hub for metallurgical and process research, as well as design and application development of extruded aluminum profiles. The NATC is comprised of a diverse group of engineers and designers dedicated to working hand-in-hand with customers to develop innovative solutions using aluminum.
“With this new position, our main goal is to provide a greater focus and a higher level of product design and development services to our customers in the automotive and transportation markets,” says Peter Hedman, Manager of Sapa’s NATC. “I’m confident that Matthias’ thorough understanding of the automotive industry coupled with his background in mechanical engineering and his project management skills will be a tremendous asset to our customers in these markets.”
Prior to joining Sapa, Kapp served as Senior Application Engineer at Schaeffler Group where he developed a new product, was awarded numerous patents related to Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) design, and led a cross-functional international team of 15 to coordinate and build a new plant in the United States.
Kapp holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georg-Simon-Ohm Fachhochschule in Nürnberg, Germany.