Dr Roberto Ariotti, chairman of the Italian Foundry Association since 2013, was elected president of the Executive Committee at the council meeting of CAEF. He succeeds Mr Luis Filipe Villas-Boas, who had held the position for the last four years.
Dr Ariotti, who’s family’s foundry of the 4th generation supplies the wind energy sector, stresses that it is vital to promote the foundry industry’s reputation as a solution provider for the Green Revolution the entire European industry is about to experience:
“Our industry is an integral part of the circular economy, but we need to increase our visibility and get this message across to policymakers as well as to the public. Our industry is facing significant change, but castings remain fundamental to the supply chain for e‑mobility, renewable energy and sustainability programmes and we know that metals are infinitely recyclable.”
At the same time, Dr Ariotti emphasises the securing of the competitiveness of the European foundry industry as an important cornerstone of his mandate. For the convinced European, these challenges and opportunities can only be tackled by a strong CAEF that relies on close coordination between the member associations. Driving forward research and development, promoting digitisation as well as demonstrating the importance of industry for regional employment offers scope for strengthening social and environmental sustainability in Europe in the long term.
To achieve this, he intends to continue the work of his predecessor, Villas Boas, who was intensely committed to exchanges with the European Commission, in particular by ensuring that the foundry industry is deeply involved in the ongoing BREF revision. Villas-Boas remains member of the Executive Committee beside Wilfrid Boyault (France) and S. Koray Hatipoglu (Turkey), who both join the Committee, as well as Witold Dobosz (Poland), Dr Pam Murrell (UK) Max Schumacher (Germany) and Ignacio de la Peña (Spain), president of CAEF who chaired the council meeting.
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