Achim Altmann was born on 3 March 1977 in Munich.
Having grown up in Upper Bavaria and having finished a combined training as management assistant in foreign trade / bachelor professional of trade and commerce, he followed in his father's footsteps by starting to work for ALTMANN GmbH, founded in 1997 by his father and his brother Robert Altmann. There he learned the crane trade entirely from scratch, which means from maintenance to construction, from assembly to commissioning. He has worked in the family business ever since, except for the time when he had to perform mandatory military service.
In 2006, Achim Altmann successfully completed his open university courses with a degree in industrial engineering and got promoted to the management board in 2008.
Since 2000, he has been working on the issue of cleanroom cranes in close cooperation with his brother. Based on 21 years of experience in this field, the biggest cleanroom cranes worldwide (30 t capacity, 30 m span) as well as a large number of innovative solutions such as semi and fully automatic cranes with pendulum damping could be implemented in cleanrooms.
When he's not on a crane, Achim Altmann spends his free time with his wife and three children.
What did you want to become when you were a child?
What was your first car?
An old Ford Fiesta without frills.
What makes you happy?
Which achievement makes you most proud?
To continue the life's work of my father successfully, and to set standards in cleanroom crane technology, together with my brother.
Which technical achievement do you admire the most?
The discovery of electricity - electric power with all its potentials and in all its aspects.
I also think it is remarkable how all the pioneers believed in their idea. Alone and against all the resistance from outside, giving the lie to all those who doubted it, such as for example Jacob Mayer, Carl Benz, Rudolf Diesel, Otto Lilienthal, etc.
If you could swap lives with someone for a month, who would this be?
Nobody - I feel so comfortable in my own skin that I have no idea in which other role I should slip.
In which country would you like to have a second home?
Which person would you have liked to meet?
My grandfather, who died during the war.
Which book would you currently recommend?
"Blackout - Tomorrow will be too late" by Marc Elsberg. This book illustrates quite bluntly how our prosperity is hanging by a thread.
What is your favourite food?
Beef roulades with pasta, peas and mashed potatoes.
What is your favourite music?
I don't have one favourite kind of music. The genre is not that important if I like the song:
However, I like everything from George Michael, Mick Hucknall and John Legend.
What was the best advice you have ever been given?
Create new memories tomorrow.
Do you have a motto?
"The troops are led from the front and not from the rear."