Handtmann joined the company in 1947, the third generation of his family to work for the business, becoming managing director in 1950 – a role he kept until 1998.
During his time with the company, Handtmann transformed the business from a small brass foundry to an international group of companies in a diverse range of sectors, including systems engineering, filling and portioning systems, process technology and plastics engineering.
He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – 1st class in 2015, the only federal decoration of the country.
Handtmann’s funeral will be held this Friday, 27 April, at 1pm at the Friedenskirche church in Biberach an der Riss, Germany. The funeral will be broadcast for employees and retired employees of the Handtmann Group of Companies in suitable spaces at the company’s plants.