Dr. Ioannis Ioannidis Chairman of the Board of the new Specialist Association „VDMA Metallurgy“
Board VDMA Specialist Association Metallurgy, from left.: Prof. Dr. Johann Rinnhofer, SMS Elotherm; Dr. Joachim G. Wünning, WS Wärmeprozesstechnik; Axel E. Barten, Achenbach Buschhütten; Dr. Ioannis Ioannidis, Oskar Frech; Dr. Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, Küttner; (not present: Rudolf Wintgens, Laempe Mössner Sinto).
At their joint general meeting held on November 17th in Frankfurt am Main, the VDMA Specialist Associations Foundry Machinery, Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills, and Thermo Process Technology announced the formation of a new joint association, the VDMA Metallurgy Specialist Association. The previous specialist associations are to be specialist sections of the new body. The overall Board of VDMA Metallurgy will comprise the Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of the previous specialist associations.
The designated Chairman of the Board is Dr. Ioannis Ioannidis, President & CEO Oskar Frech GmbH + Co. KG. Designated Deputy Chairmen are Dr. Christian Bartels-von Varnbüler, President Küttner Group, and Dr. Joachim G. Wünning, Managing Director WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH.
VDMA Metallurgy represents 180 member companies. The total sales of the metallurgical plant and equipment sectors amount to more than €4.6 billion (2016), with a total workforce of about 24,000 (2016). The sectors represented by the Specialist Association sold equipment with a total value of €2.3 billion throughout the world, also in 2016. The share of exports is more than 70 percent on average.