Heinz Trox, the majority shareholder of Trox GmbH, has died at the age of 81.
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) entrepreneur passed away on 1 October, 2015.
Since 1969, Trox was responsible for the oversight of international business, product management, and research and development at the German ventilation and air conditioning firm.
In a statement issued to the press, Trox GmbH commented: “For his lifetime achievement as an entrepreneur, Heinz Trox was honoured with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. We mourn the passing of a true citizen of the world, who had his feet firmly on the ground. He was an old-school entrepreneur, in the best sense of the word, who was committed to his employees and to society.”
Heinz Trox was born in 1934. After completing both mechanical engineering and economics courses at Munich University, he began his professional career as an engineer in the United States. In 1959, he joined Trox GmbH in Neukirchen-Vluyn, where he took responsibility for international business.
In 1988, Heinz Trox became chairman of the board of management at Trox GmbH. He relinquished this position to move to the company’s supervisory board in 2001, and became chairman of this board in 2012.
“All of us, the employees of Trox Group, owe our jobs to [Heinz Trox’s] lifetime achievement,” added the statement issued by the firm. “We are aware that securing our jobs means securing what he created. This motivates us, but it is also a huge challenge, as the footsteps in which we are to follow are not small.”