Critical Manufacturing Creates Subsidiary in Germany and Appoints Tom Bednarz as Managing Director

Critical Manufacturing, an enterprise which creates leading edge software solutions for the high-tech manufacturing industries of solar, electronics and semiconductors, announced today the creation of its new subsidiary in Germany, Critical Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH, and appointed Mr. Tom Bednarz as Managing Director.

Oporto, Portugal, August 26, 2011 --( With the expansion of its business in Germany, where the company is experiencing continued market growth, Critical Manufacturing announces the creation of its new subsidiary, Critical Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH. The company is located in Dresden, in the center of the highly developed Saxonian semiconductor and microelectronics region, where some of the top companies of this segment operate, and with a significant concentration of technical Universities and Institutes of applied high-technologies. This is the second subsidiary of the Portuguese company, after the Chinese Critical Manufacturing Software (SuZhou) Ltd. created in 2009.

To lead the newly created entity, Critical Manufacturing appointed Mr. Tom Bednarz, who has over 15 years of experience in IT Manufacturing for advanced industries. Tom started his career at Siemens Nixdorf as a software engineer in 1991, and had several engineering positions at Siemens Components and later at Siemens Microelectronics Center until becoming a manager at Infineon Technologies in 1999 in Data Analysis, Factory Automation and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). In 2006, Tom was appointed Director of IT Analysis Solutions at Qimonda, until he joined Q-Cells in 2009, as head of IT Manufacturing.

“Tom has an unmatched knowledge in semiconductor and solar manufacturing business, both from process and software perspectives, in particular in the MES and Data Analysis areas. His presence will immediately contribute to building our business and supporting our customers and partner in this important region,” says Francisco Almada-Lobo, Critical Manufacturing’s CEO.

“In my experience, Critical’s flagship MES product, cmNavigo, stands apart from all other solutions with its flexible modular features and its architecture and technology,” states Tom Bednarz, Critical Manufacturing Deutschland’s MD. “I’m excited to lead Critical Manufacturing in Germany and contribute to the company’s continuous growth,” he adds.

About Critical Manufacturing S.A.
Critical Manufacturing is an enterprise founded from the established business of Critical Software and the inspiration and experience of a team of internationally renowned industry experts, that creates leading edge software solutions for advanced manufacturing industries. The company is part of Critical Group, a private group of companies founded in 1998 to provide solutions for mission and business critical information systems. Critical Manufacturing has its headquarters and main technical centre in Portugal and additional facilities in Germany and China.

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