RHI Magnesita’s Borgas Named President of World Refractories Association
Borgas assumes the post previously occupied by François Wanecq, former CEO of Vesuvius plc, for two years.
Stefan Borgas, CEO of RHI Magnesita, has been elected president of the World Refractories Association (WRA). He assumes the post previously occupied by François Wanecq, former CEO of Vesuvius plc, for two years.
Borgas and the RHI Magnesita delegation directed their gratitude to Wanecq for his work and dedication as inaugural president of the WRA and thanked the whole Vesuvius team for the seamless handover they facilitated together with the WRA secretariat. “It is a great honor and pleasure for me to chair our industry’s global association,” said Borgas. “I will continue with my team to work hard to further promote the interests of the refractory industry worldwide and expand its global network.”
In addition to strengthening the role of the association founded in 2014 as a counterpart to other world industry and customers organizations, such as the World Steel Association, Borgas will reportedly strive to increase the number of WRA members to unite as many producers as possible. In a next conceptual step, local members’ interests and global sector issues will be aligned to create a generally recognized industry agenda. As thematic priorities for his presidency in 2018, Borgas will put a special focus on innovation, safety and safety data collection, as well as the tense global raw material situation driven by stricter environmental regulations in China.