paperchainpeopleFranz Dederichs has been appointed Ford of Europe’s new manager of material logistics and supply chain, following the recent departure of Dr Hans-Bert Bong after 26 years to set up his own consultancy.

Dederichs, previously Ford’s production and material planning manager, has considerable operational and strategic expertise, with substantial experience from various previous management positions in manufacturing, business, office, finance, and material planning and logistics.

He recently led a global cross-functional team that significantly improved Ford Ranger production stability in South Africa and also played a key role in the restructuring of Ford in Europe.