TROY, Mich.—Collins & Aikman Corp. has appointed Elmar C. David and Brian J. Batey to head divisions serving the European market.
As European acoustic manager, David will be responsible for all new major acoustic programs developed from the supplier´s European Technical Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He also will aid in developing new testing techniques and acoustic products to boost Collins & Aikman´s competitiveness in that area.
David joins the Troy-based firm from Behr, a producer of vehicle air conditioning and cooling systems, where he was involved in research and development work for DaimlerChrysler A.G.
Batey will be president of Collins & Aikman´s European Automotive Interior Systems Division. In his new position, Batey will be charged with increasing overall profitability, market share and sales penetration of the unit and helping the company expand its global presence.
He previously was president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.´s European sealing business.