Dieffenbacher mourns death of Alfred H Schenkmann, founder of Schenkmann & Piel    

Dieffenbacher pays respect to Alfred H Schenkmann

Alfred H Schenkmann, founding partner and co-eponym of Schenkmann & Piel Verfahrenstechnik, has passed away on 12 Apr 2024 at the age of 87, according to Dieffenbacher.

From the company’s foundation in 1977 until his retirement on 1 Nov 2001, Schenkmann was managing director of Schenkmann & Piel Verfahrenstechnik in Leverkusen for 24 years. Even after the takeover by Dieffenbacher in 2003, he remained closely associated with the company and was always available to provide wise counsel, as reported by Dieffenbacher.

Schenkmann traveled to more than 80 countries during his career, making connections in the global wood-based panels industry and becoming an expert respected worldwide.

In 1997, he was inducted into the Wood Composites Hall of Fame at Washington State University, an honour he shared with industry giants and wood-based panel pioneers such as Wilhelm Klauditz and Fred Fahrni.

Several Dieffenbacher top executives have paid respect to him. “In addition to his entrepreneurial and inventive spirit, Alfred Schenkmann was particularly valued by his employees for his knowledge and helpfulness as well as his tireless commitment to the company,” recalled Wolfgang Allerödder, head of the Environmental Technology and Gluing Product Group at Dieffenbacher in Leverkusen, who worked under Alfred Schenkmann as a student. “To this day, I still benefit from the contacts I made through him.”

“Alfred Schenkmann was a cheerful Rhineland character and instantly popular with everyone. Wherever he went, he was always held in the highest esteem,” reminisced his long-time companion and former Dieffenbacher CEO Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher.

“In Alfred H. Schenkmann, Dieffenbacher has lost a universally respected advisor, and the global wood-based panels industry has lost one of its pioneers. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, to whom I would like to express our deepest sympathy on behalf of the entire company.”