June 2014. Effective from June 1, 2014, Dr Peter Lechner is the new Sales Director for Soma Engineering responsible for the development of all the company’s home and international markets. He succeeds Pavla Kusa who has taken leave of absence to meet growing family commitments.

German born Peter began his career at Plasticart in 1986 as Head of Technical Department rising to the position of Managing Director, Eastern Europe. He subsequently held key positions at Kiefel Germany, Europlastica, CZ and Brueckner Formtec Germany before taking on the role of Vice President, PTI Aurora, USA.

Peter studied Mechanical Engineering and Wood & Plastics technology at the Technical University of Dresden gaining a doctorate in both fields and as well as his native German, also speaks English, Russian and Czech. Based in both Germany and CZ, he has established and managed enterprises in both countries and is a well known figure in the international film extrusion industries.

“Peter brings significant international development skills to the company and in particular, strengthens our position as serious players in the German flexible packaging arena,” said Pavla Kusa of Soma. “This appointment meets with our objectives to be a key solutions provider to the printing and packaging industries and to increase our market share world-wide.”

Located in Lanskroun, Czech Republic, SOMA Engineering manufactures high quality printing and converting machines for a wide variety of industries. Its portfolio encompasses CI flexographic presses, slitter/rewinders, laminators, mounter-proofers, sheeters, die cutters and special purpose machines. The company serves an international market with representation and distribution channels throughout the world.


Mr. Peter Lechner