The reorganisation of the Bayer Group has been completed with the new structure in place as of July 1, 2002. The improvements are said to boost Bayer’s competitiveness, strengthen the focus on their core businesses and increase transparency, flexibility and agility.

To effectively meet the continuously changing demands of the leather industry, the marketing section of Bayer AG’s Leather Industry Business Unit in Leverkusen has been restructured. The result is improved service for leather manufacturers all over the world. The focus is on individual customer support – and that includes customised formulations and advice on application. To optimise reliability of delivery, logistics activities will in future be bundled together in one department, Supply Chain Management.

On July 1, 2002, Dr Bernd Wehling will succeed Klaus Amthor as head of Bayer’s leather business. The PhD chemist joined Bayer 26 years ago. In the 1980s, he worked in applications development for leather chemicals, and then took on management positions at Bayer agencies in South Africa and Italy.

As head of the business unit, he will take over global responsibility for the leather business within the new Bayer Chemicals subgroup, employing more than 1,000 staff worldwide.

The holding company will be officially established on January 1, 2003.