Expertise on the spot: Markus Hahn

    Under this heading, we will in future introduce members of staff from our competent and experienced BUTTING team in Canada. Thus you will be given the chance to look behind the scenes in our company and will find out how multi-faceted and varied the challenges in stainless steel processing can be. 

    First in this series will be our longstanding colleague Markus Hahn, Sales Manager at BUTTING Canada. 

    How did you come to BUTTING?
    I began working at BUTTING in Knesebeck in May 1997. Here I was first employed as a welding assistant on the conveyer system, and later I became a machine operator and welder on the laser beam welding system.
    In addition to doing shift work, I completed my training as a technical manager (for the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, IHK) and later completed my studies as a state certified civil engineering technician by distance learning.
    In 2005 I began working in the Piping Technology Sales Department. Since the summer of 2008 I have been working as Sales Manager for BUTTING Canada in Calgary.

    What is your typical day like?
    In the morning I usually have to deal with phone calls with colleagues in Germany before they finish for the day. I prepare proposals, deal with current orders, book freights to pick up our orders in Knesebeck and manage the duplex and super duplex store, which is a big challenge. Customer visits and business trips in Canada and the USA are also a significant part of my profession.

    When the Sales Office was set up in 2005, this was mainly to do with our participation in the oil sand business. Which sectors does BUTTING Canada work for today?
    Butting still supplies a high proportion of its pipes to companies that are directly or indirectly in the oil sand business. However, in the last four or five years, other sectors have emerged, such as water purification or desalination plants, for which, along with our colleagues in Germany and China, we supply prefabricated spools to customers in North America. But we also have customers in the food sector.

    What do you particularly like about Canada?
    The wide skies and the mountains.

    Is there anything about Germany that you miss in Canada?
    Oh yes, my family and a half-decent curry sausage ;-)