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Uwe Kirchner

Group President

Uwe joined IDEX in 1995 when the company acquired LUKAS Hydraulik GmbH of Germany, making it the world’s largest maker of emergency rescue tools. He has served as a group president, leading the Fire & Safety segment since 2016. Uwe is responsible for developing a global product strategy with local adaption in our main markets of America, Europe, China and India.

The Fire & Safety businesses are a group of diverse, specialty manufacturers of highly engineered solutions that solve mission-critical problems within fire and safety, fire suppression, rescue, and municipal markets. They include brands that are recognized and trusted worldwide. Uwe and his team are currently working on the integration and automation of all IDEX Fire & Safety products to create new standards of operation for a fire truck pumper and for the use of rescue tools. The ultimate goal is to enable our customers to do the best job possible when it comes to saving human lives.

Uwe’s other roles at IDEX have included president of the Rescue Group, when under his leadership sales tripled and global expansion led to significant market share growth in China. As leader of the Fire Suppression Group, he doubled operational income.

He is actively involved as a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Nuremberg, Germany. Uwe received a diploma for international marketing and finance from the Fachhochschule Nuremberg, which is equivalent to an MBA. He resides in a suburb of Erlangen and has one daughter. In his free time, he is an avid table tennis player and downhill skier.