Dr.-Ing., Universitätsprofessor

Achim Kampker


Founder of PEM

Founder of PEM: Prof. Kampker
Lehrstuhl für Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components


Bohr 12

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 27406
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 22236

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Achim Kampker is university professor of production management in the faculty of mechanical engeneering at RWTH Aachen since April 2009. From 2009 until 2013, he was leading the chair of production management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering or WZL. In January 2014 he has founded the new Chair Production Engineering of E-mobility Components, PEM.

Quotation: „If you stop getting better, you stopped being good.“

Prof. Kampker regularly informs about his projects and current events in the field of electric mobility via his social media accounts.

In a videoblog Prof. Kampker reports (so far about the StreetScooter-Channel, in the future about his own):


  • 1995 - 2000: Study of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2004: Doctoral Thesis at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2005 - 2008: Executive MBA for technology managers (St. Gallen / RWTH Aachen University)

Professional Career

  • 2000 - 2006: Research assistant at the Chair of Production Management, WZL at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2002 - 2003: Team leader of the group "Process and Technology Planning“ at the Chair of Production Management, WZL at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2003 - 2004: Team leader of the group "Change Management“ at the Chair of Production Management, WZL at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2004 - 2006: Chief engineer at the Chair of Production Management, WZL at RWTH Aachen University
  • 2004: Doctoral Examination
  • 2005: Award of the Borchers-Badge of RWTH Aachen University for outstanding scientific achievements
  • 2006: Managing Chief Engineer of the Chair of Production Systematics
  • 2006 - 2009: Managing Director of Jüpo GmbH
  • 2009 - 2013: W3-Professorship and Professor of Chair of Production Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University
  • since 2009: Chairman of the e-mobility office of RWTH Aachen University
  • 2010: Co-founder StreetScooter GmbH
  • since 2014: Professor of the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components PEM of RWTH Aachen
  • 2014 - 2019: CEO StreetScooter GmbH

Family: married to Ursula Kampker, father of Antonia, Elias and Johanna
Freetime: spending time with family, belief in God

Other current activities

  • Member of AGORA Verkehrswende
  • National Platform Future of Mobility NPM leadership Working Group 2 “Alternative drive technologies and fuels for sustainable mobility”
  • Member of the founding commission “Agentur für Sprunginnovationen“ (SpinD)
  • Member of the e-mobility expert council of the NRW state government

Professor Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) (since 2014)

The PEM chair researches all topics of the automotive value chain in the field of electromobility and has great success in numerous projects in the areas of battery production, electric powertrain, automotive assembly, body shop, plastic components and autonomous systems. These include the ACM II eTaxi as an emission-free overall system for cities - the autonomous taxi is already being tested in road traffic; research into measures to increase material and process efficiency in lithium-ion battery cell production across the entire value-added chain (FAB4LIB) - in this context, German large-scale cell production was initiated; the remanufacturing of lithium-ion batteries (BattReMan); the reduction of life cycle costs in electric distribution transport through individually adaptable drive trains (LiVe) - within the framework of this project, an electric truck was developed; and numerous others.
Even before his time as chair holder of the PEM at RWTH Aachen University, his inclination towards electromobility was evident: Since 2009, Prof. Kampker had been chairman of the e-mobility office at RWTH Aachen University. At that time, he was professor and holder of the Chair of Production Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University (2009-2013) and was already working intensively on the topic of electric vehicle production. Since 2009, he has also been a member of the board of the "Mobility and Transport" forum at RWTH Aachen University.

CEO StreetScooter GmbH (2010-2019)

Prof. Kampker was co-founder of StreetScooter GmbH, which develops and manufactures the StreetScooter, a commercial vehicle that is now used successfully and thousands of times in road traffic. The company, which emerged from a project initiated by Prof. Kampker, was bought by the Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2014. Kampker, the face of the StreetScooter, was instrumental in the success. From the very beginning, he was involved as project manager of the "StreetScooter - Integrated Product and Process Design of Electric Vehicles" division (since 2009).
In the book Think Big Start Small - StreetScooter die e-mobile success story (published 2017 by Springerverlag), Kampker and the core team that drove the project forward talk about their innovative concept.

Involvement in numerous other projects

In addition to his teaching activities, he is also involved in numerous other projects. These include his work as a member of Agora Verkehrswende, an initiative with the aim of promoting the conversion to a climate-friendly and sustainable transport system. He is also involved in the National Platform for Electric Mobility, which aims to develop Germany into a leading provider and market for electric mobility. Prof. Kampker is head of Focus Group 2. Furthermore, Prof. Kampker was appointed to the Expert Council on Electromobility of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia around Prime Minister Armin Laschet, who in regular meetings obtains an overview of the current state of research in order to identify points of contact for the state government.

CEO of Jüpo GmbH (2006-2009)

As CEO of Jüpo GmbH, which at that time employed 400 people and had a turnover of 25 million, he ensured sales growth of 30 percent by establishing a sales structure and winning new customers. Prof. Kampker built up and expanded many areas of the company and founded locations in Eastern Europe and China as well as a development location in Aachen.

Chief engineer

Prof. Kampker was, among other things, managing chief engineer of the Chair of Production Systems (2006). There he was responsible for more than 40 scientific employees. From 2004 to 2006 he was also chief engineer in the area of production management. He introduced the lecture "Strategies in the automotive industry" and the topic of plant management.

Doctorate with honors

As part of his doctorate, he was awarded the Borchers-Badge of RWTH Aachen University, an award for outstanding scientific achievements (2005). From 2000 to 2006 he was a research assistant at the Chair of Production Systems at WZL RWTH Aachen University. There he worked as a group leader in the field of process and technology planning (2002-2003) and founded and led the group Change Management (2003-2004). In this context he established the topic Global Production / Global Footprint.
Prof. Kampker carried out studies within the scope of numerous industrial and research projects in connection with various stays abroad in Japan, South Africa as well as Europe-wide. These include "Profitable growth strategies in mechanical and plant engineering" and "Tomorrow's Automotive Production" in cooperation with McKinsey & Company as well as "Global Footprint Design" with Roland Berger.

References from media (selection)

Streetscooter-Chef: „Die angeblich schlechte Ökobilanz von E-Autos ist eine Lüge“, Business Insider (2019)
Elektro-Transporter: Streetscooter-Gründer kehrt der Post den Rücken, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2019)
Streetscooter-Gründer muss Post verlassen, Manager Magazin (2019)
Japanese Logistics Provider Yamato Transport Orders 500 StreetScooters, Businessinsider (2019)
Yamato Transport Ordered 500 Electric StreetScooters In Japan, InsideEVs (2019)
Erfolgreiche Elektroautos: Streetscooter-Gründer muss Post verlassen, Spiegel Online (2019)
Germany's Street Scooter gets green light for full production of small e-van, Reuters (2018)
Streetscooter kann neues Modell in Großserie fertigen, Handelsblatt (2018)
Post prüft Börsengang für Screetscooter, Manager Magazin (2018)
Verkehr: E-Lieferfahrzeug der Post erhält Zulassung, Spiegel Online (2018)
Elektrolieferwagen: Streetscooter startet Großserienproduktion, Spiegel Online (2018)
Produktion wird erhöht: Post prüft Börsengang für Screetscooter, Spiegel Online (2018)
StreetScooter: Post und BMW kooperieren bei Elektrotransporter, Spiegel Online (2018)
StreetScooter-Produktion: Post startet neue Fabrik, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2017)
Elektrotransporter der Post „Wir haben das in Rekordzeit auf die Räder gestellt“, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2017)
StreetScooter-Pionier: „Die hielten mich für einen von 'Jugend forscht'“, Spiegel Online (2017)
Ein Professor macht es vor: So einfach geht Elektroauto, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2017)
Die Fan-Gemeinde des Streetscooters wächst, Handelsblatt (2017)
Streetscooter - Der tausendste Elektro-Transporter der Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2016)
Post will auf E-Autos umstellen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2016)
Von der Bachelorarbeit zur Geschäftsidee, Die Welt (2015)
Warum Tesla in Deutschland keine Chance hätte, Manager Magazin (2013)
50 Companies Team to Create Open Source EV, Wired (2011)
Streetscooter: Elektroauto aus dem Baukasten, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2011)
Mittelstandsprojekt: Elektroflitzer zum Discount-Preis, Spiegel Online (2011)

Publications (selection)

Kampker, A.; Vallèe, D.; Schnettler, A.: Elektromobilität: Grundlagen einer Zukunftstechnologie (2. Aufl. 2018).
Pettinger,K.-H.; Kampker, A; Hohenthanner, C.-R.; Deutskens, C.; Heimes, H., vom Hemdt, A.: Lithium-ion cell and battery production processes. In: Lithium-Ion Batteries: Basics and Applications, Springer (2018).
Kampker, A.; Gerdesm, J.; Schuh, G.: Think Big, Start Small: Streetscooter die e-mobile Erfolgsstory: Innovationsprozesse radikal effizienter (2017).
Kampker, A.; Deutskens, C.; Heimes, H.; Ordung, M.; Haunreiter, A.: Using E-mobility as an Enabler for a Fast and Lean Product Development to Optimize the Return of Engineering with the Example of Lithium-ion Battery. ScienceDirect (2016).
Kampker, A.; Deutskens, C.; K. Kreisköther; Kleine Büning, M.; Kuhn, M.: Return on Engineering: Design to cost for electric engine production, 2015.
Kampker, A.: Elektromobilproduktion. Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden 2014, ISBN 978-3-642-42021-4.
Kampker, A.; Deutskens, C.; Heimes, H.; Ordung, M.; Haunreiter, A.: Cost model for an integrated load carrier design process in the lithium-ion battery production, 2014.
Kampker, A.; Deutskens, A.; Maue, A.: Development of a methodology for cost-oriented ramp-up design, 2014.
Kampker, A. (Hrsg.); Vallée, D. (Hrsg.); Schnettler, A. (Hrsg.): Elektromobilität: Grundlagen einer Zukunftstechnologie. Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg 2013, ISBN 978-3-642-31985-3.
Sauer, D.; Kampker, A.; Deutskens, C.; Heimes, H.: Batteriesysteme und deren Steuerung. In: Elektromobilität: Grundlagen einer Zukunftstechnologie (Hrsg.: Kampker, A.; Vallée, D.; Schnettler, A.), SpringerLink 2013
Schuh, G. (Hrsg.); Kampker, A. (Hrsg.): Strategie und Management produzierender Unternehmen: Handbuch Produktion und Management 1 (VDI-Buch). Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg 2010, ISBN 978-3-642-14501-8.
Schuh, G. (Hrsg.); Kampker, A. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Produktion und Management Band 1: Strategie und Management produzierender Unternehmen. Springer Verlag 2010.
Kampker, A.: Kompetenzbasierte Geschäftsausweitung von produzierenden Unternehmen. Shaker, Aachen 2004, ISBN 978-3-8322-2979-5.