Former Hymmen CEO, Werner Pankoke, Has Died

Bielefeld, Germany, December 18, 2023-Werner Pankoke, 85, former CEO of Hymmen, died December 9. 

After graduating with a degree in engineering and a doctorate in business administration, Dr. Pankoke took over the management of the Hymmen family business in 1967. The mechanical and plant engineering company had been founded by his grandfather in Bielefeld in 1892. Dr. Pankoke established the company worldwide as a technology partner in the wood-based materials industry with the development of the continuous double-belt press. 

Dr. Pankoke retired from the family business in 2002 when he handed over the management of the company to his son Dr. René Pankoke.