ERIKKILA appoints Knut Stewen as new managing director

ERIKKILA has appointed Knut Stewen as its new managing director. The appointment comes into effect immediately, and follows the decision that Mikko Erikkilä step down from leadership of the company. 

Due to Mikko Erikkilä’s extended sick leave and after long discussions with the company’s board of directors, both parties have come to the amicable conclusion that he will not be returning to the company and will take a new course of career.     

Knut Stewen has over 20 years of experience in the lifting industry in a wide range of key positions throughout the world. “I am very excited about this opportunity to join a company with such a long history. Erikkila Oy has over many years been an innovation leader in the industry” commented Stewen. 

Speaking on behalf of the company, chairman of the board Martin Rothe said: “We sincerely appreciate Mikko’s many years of service and commitment to ERIKKILA and his important contributions to the company’s success. We are fortunate to have someone of Knut’s calibre and experience as his successor. We all join in wishing Mikko a full and speedy recovery”.


Name: Knut Stewen, MD

Organisation: ERIKKILA OY

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Address: Masalantie 225, FI-02430 Masala

Phone: +358 9 2219 0530

Name: Martin Rothe, MD

Organisation: KITO Europe GmbH

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Address: Heerdter Lohweg 93, DE-40549 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 211 528 009-0

ERIKKILA Group is a manufacturer of ergonomic light crane systems, lifting equipments, bridge cranes and robotic cranes. The company also imports various lifting equipments to support its own manufacturing. These products include: vacuum lifters, lifting tables, chain hoists and lifting equipments.

The main office and factory operates in Kirkkonummi in Masala, near Helsinki in Finland.  In February 2018 ERIKKILA became a part of Kito group.

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