World Refractories Association: François Wanecq Elected Inaugural President
The WRA constitutes a forum to debate regulatory issues affecting global trade, circulate aggregated industry statistics, promote the interests of the worldwide refractory industry, and act as a counterpart to other world industry organisations such as the World Steel Association. The newly formed WRA is composed of continental associations including Europe (PRE), Latin America (ALAFAR) and North America (TRI) as well as national associations from China (ACRI), India (IRMA) and Japan (JRA). Multinational companies Magnesita Refratários S.A., RHI A.G. and Vesuvius plc are also direct members. François Wanecq, Chief Executive of Vesuvius plc and President of PRE, has been elected the inaugural President of the World Refractories Association. François Wanecq joined Vesuvius in 2005. He was previously Chief Executive of ArjoWiggins from 1996 – 2004, and Head of the Technical Ceramics Division at Saint-Gobain from 1985 – 1995. He graduated at École Polytechnique and École des Mines in Paris. Following a successful meeting in London on 6 November 2014, the World Refractories Association will continue the positive momentum with a General Assembly in 2015.