It is with great sadness that VBH announces the passing of former managing director Peter Kinze in Germany on 15th January. He had been bravely battling his illness for three years.
Peter was one of the first to recognise the potential of the UK PVCu window and door market and opened a supply route to UK fabricators from the mid 1970s direct from Heinz Wagner GmbH in Cologne, Germany. He eventually persuaded the company to open a UK subsidiary and was instrumental in setting up Heinz Wagner (GB) Ltd, now known as VBH (GB) Ltd, with UK-based directors Graham Organ and Barry Amey in 1982.
Peter subsequently moved to Kent and continued in the role of managing director until his retirement in 2005, when he and his wife, Melitta, returned to Cologne to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Peter’s experience was vast and he always found time to share his knowledge and anecdotes with colleagues and friends from across all sectors of the industry.
He kept in regular touch with VBH (GB) and visited the company shortly before Christmas, when he caught up with old faces and chatted to new members of the team.
Peter was a kind and gentle man who will be sorely missed by his many friends and peers throughout the industry, in the UK, Germany and beyond.
Our thoughts are with Melitta, and the couple’s children, Uwe and Heike at this difficult time.