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FLAT ROOFING & WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS Moving from his hometown in Kassel, Germany, where he worked as head of export at Kemper System’s German headquarters, Peter Dietrich will head-up Kemper System’s UK operation in Warrington, Cheshire as former MD Harry Cowell retires after 20 years in the role. Peter grew up and has spent most of his working life in Kassel – the same city in which Dr Heinz Kemper started the business in 1957 as founder of Kunststoff & Lackfabrikation Kassel, later to be renamed Kemper System. With more than 20 years of construction and sales experience combined, the 53-year-old has worked for the German arm of Kemper System for six years, leading the export sales team and working closely with the eight other offices across the globe including France, Italy, USA, India and China. A Wealth of Experience From the early days when Peter finished school, he completed an apprenticeship with the Cooperative supermarket, envisaging a career in retail. However, after his training and serving two years in the army, Peter undertook a sales role for Mercedes and worked his way up to sales director. Since then, Peter has set up and run his own retail business for more than a decade, and prior to joining Kemper System, worked as assistant managing director at Wiebusch Polymerbeton- Technick – a polymer waterproofing manufacturer in Germany. “I think it was destiny for me to work for Kemper System,” said Peter. “Sales is my background and it’s what I love. Working as head of export at the Kemper System German office has given me a solid grounding to take on the role as managing director in the UK. Almost 60% of my working time was spent travelling to the different export customers of Kemper System. The Kemper System subsidiaries, including the UK, were supported from my team. So, my understanding of liquid waterproofing and the Kemper products ensures I have the knowledge required to hit the ground running for this role.” Aside from business, Peter also set up and was CEO of the Academy for Intercultural Education charity in Germany for more than 12 years. Working closely with government organisations, 058 JANUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM New year, new MD Kemper System embraces a fresh start in 2018 as the liquid resin roofing and waterproofing manufacturer has appointed a new managing director, Peter Dietrich. RCI speaks to Peter about his role and the challenges ahead. the charity provided German language classes to overseas migrants to help prepare young people for school and university. “This was a big part of my life for many years and perhaps I’ll look at doing more charity work in the UK,” said Peter. A New Direction According to Peter, Kemper System UK is the best performing subsidiary in the group. He continued: “Harry has done a brilliant job in the last 20 years and it is a real honour to be taking over such a successful business. “Although the liquid roofing and waterproofing market in the UK is very similar to Germany, the UK team will continue to work as an independent business. I do want to introduce some new changes, starting with the development of Kemper System’s product range by reinvigorating its existing PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate) solution, as well as increasing capacity in the fantastic warehouse facilities we have in Warrington.” With Peter’s working background predominately in Germany, he discussed the key differences between the UK and German markets. He explained: “In Germany for example, it is mandatory for roofing contractors to undertake full apprenticeship training and it is heavily regulated by the Government. Although we have excellent facilities in the UK with specialist training courses delivered by the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), training is not regulated in the same way. “This will continue to be a challenge for the sector as a whole – especially as Brexit comes into play and the skills shortage develops into a deeper problem. “Kemper System delivers training to approximately 3,000 contractors a year across the entire group, and quality system training is something I am keen to maintain in the UK.” Looking Ahead “I have a lot of respect for the task I am taking on in the UK, and for Harry who has built such a strong business from scratch. I know there will be some challenges ahead, but I am a very positive person,” said Peter. “My skills and experience can open new doors and the solid foundations that are already in place within the excellent team at Kemper System means now is the time to continue to develop the thriving business. “This is a long-term plan for me and I am very much looking forward to what the future holds.” www.kemper-system.com/UK Kemper System UK headquarters in Warrington, Cheshire Peter Dietrich


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