He has been working for the german ZOLLERN Group for the last 25 years and is responsible for its investment casting activity in Portugal. Virgilio Oliveira has been an active member of the EICF Board of Directors for more than ten years.
Mr Emmanuel Falisse
Emmanuel Falisse is actively involved in the investment casting industry since 2014, as Managing Director of IMC – Industrial Marketing Corporation SA, operating from Belgium. For more than 30 years, IMC is cooperating with premium manufacturers to distribute equipment and materials, as well as technical services, exclusively dedicated to the investment casting industry in Europe. Before being in the Investment Casting industry, Emmanuel has been involved during 24 years as a financing partner in industrial projects in the energy, aerospace, maritime and infrastructure sectors worldwide. His responsibilities were primarily commercial and management, while being strongly implicated in the technicalities of these sectors. He also acquired technical knowledge in the plastic injection industry where his family was active.
Mr Philippe Hoste
Philippe HOSTE is active in the Investment Casting industry since 2015, as Managing Director of the CASTINGPAR GROUP, having today 3 plants employing a total of 200 people: the SETTAS foundry (Charleroi, Belgium), the PRECIMETAL foundry (Seneffe, Belgium) and the MPO machine shop (Orléans, France). CASTINGPAR is producing and exporting castings to 24 countries mainly for aerospace and defense applications. Before being in the Investment Casting industry, Philippe has been involved as CEO of aerospace manufacturing projects in France, Canada, USA, Morocco and Belgium with several achievements in business development, turnaround and M&A.
Mr Ron Williams
Ron graduated in Chemistry, is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and as Managing Director of The Blayson Group Ltd is responsible for the Company’s global operations and activities. He has over 30 years’ experience within the investment casting industry and has had the privilege of working closely with numerous investment casting associations, institutes and companies Worldwide. He is currently a Board Director of the EICF. Combining these connections with his industry experience, he has been able to present numerous studies and reviews of the World investment casting market to a global audience.
Dr Julio Aguilar
Dr. Julio Aguilar is Senior Casting Expert at Safran, responsible for evaluation and validation of new casting technologies and materials. He is attached to the platform Safran Advanced Turbine Airfoils dedicated to the development of new generation single crystal high pressure turbine blades. After completing his bachelor metallurgical engineering studies at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) he worked eight years as foundry manager in Guatemala. He moved then to Germany where he obtained his M.Sc. and PhD at the Foundry Institute of RWTH Aachen University. Before joining Safran he was director of the TechCenter of Access e.V. in Germany, working mostly on investment casting technologies.
Mr Guillaume Noir
Guillaume Noir is the Deputy CEO of the company AMA Services based in Paris, which is the exclusive agent for the whole Europe of Cannon Muskegon. AMA Services is acting in Europe as an agent but also as a distributor for all Cannon Muskegon products, since more than 30 years under the direction of Mr Jean François Donchery. He’s got himself over 10 years of experience in the super alloys business at AMA. Graduated of the IAE Paris ( Management school attached to Sorbonne University), he was previously specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions and consultant in Management for medium companies.
Dr David Ford
Honorary Board member
David Ford was appointed EICF Secretary–General from 2002 until 2014, during this time the EICF doubled in membership and instigated annual technical workshops in addition to arranging international conferences. For members of the EICF there were opportunities to participated in research projects to acquire fundamental material data for process modelling, dimensional control, material and energy conservation. Before taking on the responsibilities of the EICF David was Chief of Casting Technology at Rolls-Royce which included the management of the Company R&D Foundry. This R&D foundry was fully equipped for both development and full-scale manufacture. Together with production facilities it contributed to the introduction of many of the advanced processes and materials for gas turbine manufacture. David has a doctorate in engineering, is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a member of the Energy Institute. He was awarded the Douglas Armitage Young Engineer prize by BICTA in 1972 and the EJ Fox medal by the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers in 2016. He was appointed MBE by H.M. The Queen in her Birthday Honours in 2000 for services to aerospace.
Ms Ane Irazustabarrena
Ms. Ane Irazustabarrena. Master of Science. University of Kent (1991). Degree in Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (EHU-UPV) 1991. She works in European Programs in TECNALIA since 1998. She has been involved in the management of large scale collaborative projects linked to the advanced manufacturing technologies for clean production. Coordination of EDEFU FP7 nº 246335 for the design of Ecological furnaces, FOUNDENERGY, FP7 nº 285954 for the Waste Heat Recovery from Foundry sector and EFEVE FP7 nº314582 for the development of new nanoalloyed materials with energy efficient processes. Currently, Director of Public Funding Programmes within the Industry and Transport division. She is involved in the management structure of large initiatives as SPIRE PPP (Chair of Process working group) and EIT Raw Materials (Steering Commiee of CLC South). She is member of the EICF Board of Directors since 2016.
Dr Owen Draper
Owen Draper is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he completed a PhD on investment casting core materials. He has over 20 years experience of working within foundries at Rolls-Royce where he specialises in Nickel superalloy single crystal investment casting. He has a background in technology development in both processes and for new parts. Most recently, Owen was the technical manager for a research foundry for the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce
Mr Uri Joseph
Uri Joseph is the CEO of International Precision Casting Supplies, Ltd. and its affiliates. IPCS operates as a technical agents and distributers of materials specific to the investment casting industry. In this role, Uri manages both the commercial and technical aspects of the business, providing leadership and support for international technical sales across four continents, and oversees offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. With over 25 years of experience in the investment casting industry, Uri has been instrumental in the recommendation and implementation of process and product improvements to customers worldwide. Uri has an expansive background in the industry, which offers a unique blend of knowledge in waxes and ceramics shell systems.
Dr John Machielse
John Machielse went to the University of Amsterdam to finish his Master in Chemistry & Catalysis in 1992. In 1994 he finished a post-academic degree in Process Development at the University of Twente and also got his Master in Chemical Engineering. From 1994 until 2003 he was head of the R&D team at Byk-Cera BV, who produces wax additives for the paint & ink industry. Aer 5 years in marketing & sales in Honeywell’s synthetic wax department, he moved to Paramelt in 2009 to become Business Development manager for investment casting waxes. John Machielse is technically & commercially responsible in the European market for all Paramelt-Argüeso-Kindt Collins waxes related to the Investment casting industry.
Mr Mathew Marsh
Mathew is currently Commercial Director for ICD Europe. ICD Europe are experts in the procurement, processing and supply of a wide range of specialised metals and alloys. Mathew has joined the company in the last quarter of 2020. Prior to this Mathew has held various positions within the metals, investment casting, casting and forging industries including Commercial Director for Liberty Speciality Steels, Divisional Sales Director for Doncasters Superalloys, European Commercial Manager for Bradken (an Australian based casting and mining company) and Sheffield Forgemasters where he was Sales Manager for a number of years. Mathew has over 25 years’ experience in the Aerospace, Power Generation and Automotive industrial sectors. Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering he returned a few years later to complete an MBA in Marketing.
Mr Ingo Bitzer
Throughout my career I have always enjoyed taking an active role in shaping changes within a company while optimizing its processes and procedures through new methods and technologies. At the same time, I am committed to understanding customer needs and empowering my teams and employees – they should identify with the company’s products and processes and thereby be enabled to serve the customer at the highest level.
As Managing Director of the MAT Transmission Division of MAT Foundry Group Ltd. and CEO MAT Europe I’m leading a group of companies serving the automotive market with highly engineered casting- and machining-components as well as complex assemblies. After graduating as mechanical engineer, I passed through numerous professional stations in the industry with international responsibility in various positions in Germany as well as India, Portugal and Japan.
My professional development has been marked and characterised by technological advances, digitalisation and active co-development and optimisation of company processes. In these processes, my attention has mainly been directed towards the involvement of employees and development of the teams.
Mr John S Paraszczak
Mr. John S. Paraszczak is the President and CEO at REMET® Corporation since April 1999. He has been in Executive roles with various major international firms throughout his entire career. Following opportunities in multiple leadership positions with, IC Industries, LTV‘s Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Esmark Corp.’s Estech Oil, Swift Adhesives and National Wax Companies. Mr. Paraszczak rose to Vice President –International Sales in 1983, and has been an industry leader in the international business arena, with particular focus in the global precision investment casting industry since 1989. He served as President & CEO at Yates Investment Casting and Dussek Campbell-Yates International. Mr. Paraszczak serves as Chairman of the Board of Remet Corporation, and is a member of DePaul University’s College of LA & S Advisory Counsel. Mr. Paraszczak founded the “Shaping the Future” program in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute. He holds an M.B.A. from DePaul’s Kellstadt Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.
Mr Michael Rünz
Michael Ruenz is Chief Executive Officer of Deloro Group, a specialist wear solutions company comprising foundries, hot isostatic pressing and coating facilities throughout Europe. Deloro Group is part of Madison Industries, one of Americas largest and most successful privately held companies. Prior to this position, Mr. Ruenz held various positions in sales and general management roles for Kennametal Inc. in Europe focusing on Kennametal’s wear solutions business. Before joining Kennametal through a successful exit from a MBO/Private Equity ownership of Deloro Stellite, Mr. Rünz served as Managing Director of Deloro Stellite Holdings GmbH & Co KG, Deloro Stellite GmbH and Heiger Stellite GmbH and as a management shareholder, was an active part in the sale process and Due Diligence during exit. On the operational side he was responsible for the development of all business aspects of Deloro Stellite Group’s largest business including sales, finance, operations, quality and development and he also oversaw the Group's businesses in India and Italy which were both set up or acquired during his tenure. Mr. Rünz was the President and Managing Director of Deloro Stellite Group’s businesses in France (ATS Stellite and ATS Sferic) from 2002 until 2006 and President until the successful exit from this business to Marle/Carlyle in 2011. Mr. Rünz serves of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Casting Federation since 2004.
Mr Calogero Vassallo
Calogero Vassallo holds a commercial business study degree and a degree as VDG engineer in foundry technology. He is active for nearly 30 years in the foundry industry, where he worked in several positions for leading foundry chemical suppliers producing various chemical products used in the foundry industry for sand-casting and permanent mould casting processes.
He has worked as Sales Manager, Director of International Sales and Global Business Line Manager, in this position he already experienced the Investment Casting Industry.
Since 2017 he is working for Imerys, where he started as Business Development Manager Foundry Europe for green moulding sand application. He is member of the board of the European Investment Casters` Federation.
Since March 2020 he is Regional Sales Manager of Imerys Advanced Ceramics & Specialties (former Imerys Aluminates), member of Imerys group, world leader in the production of high engineered products for a large number of different industrial applications.
Mr Karl Szulakowski
Karl is the Sales Director for Ross & Catherall Ltd, a superalloy manufacturer based in Sheffield, UK. He is responsible for the sales growth and marketing of the company worldwide into the Aerospace & IGT sectors, with the focus on complex and critical alloys for use with OEM manufacturers requiring ultra-low S & N capabilities. He has worked in the refractory and metals industry for over 25 years. He started his career working as a Process Metallurgist before moving into the refractories industry, specialising in technical ceramics and cores for the investment casting industry. This involved working with both investment casting and superalloy foundries worldwide on specialist ceramic shapes (crucibles, pour cups and precast shapes). Karl’s experience includes the establishment and management of sales agencies and local manufacturing facilities worldwide including India, Japan, Taiwan and the USA. He was also worldwide Sales Manager for the ceramic cores division at CIC Ltd for over 6 years. In 2017 Karl joined Ross & Catherall superalloys where his metallurgical and refractory background in the investment casting industry allows him to offer customers the benefits of his varied experience and knowledge of the processes and requirements that the modern investment casting foundry requires from its suppliers.
Mr Amadeo Torrens
Mr. Amadeo Torrens Roig, is Spanish citizen and 60 years old. He has a degree In mechanical engineering (1984) and a MBA (1992). He spent the main part of his career in the aero engines sector (ITP Group) and from 2010 until 2017 he has been acting as CEO of PCB SA, a Spanish company part of RR Group. Since November 2017 Managing Director at GF Precicast SA, a Swiss company, part of Georg Fischer Casting Solution Group.
Dr Pam Murrell
As CEO of the Cast Metals Federation, CMF, the Trade Association for the UK castings Industry, Pam Murrell is actively engaged in representing and supporting CMF Members who are from the UK castings industry. The CMF is also the UK member of the European Foundry Association (CAEF) and Pam provides the secretariat for the Investment Casting Section or CAEF as well as supporting the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, ICME, who are members of the World Foundry Organisation. Pam has a BSc Hons degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cardiff and them completed a PhD on Fracture and Fatigue at Cranfield University.
Mr Carlos Olabe
Carlos Olabe is the current CEO of the European Investment Casters Federation [EICF], serving this position since the end of 2014. Mr. Olabe has been linked to the aerospace industry for a period over 20 years. He served as Programmes Director of the Engine company of Spain (ITP) managing engine programmes such as EJ200, Trent 700, Trent 800, Trent 500, Trent 900 and as CEO of PCB, during 10 years. A brand new world class investment casting Company in Spain which he took the mission to create and project internationally. During this period Mr. Olabe was member of the Board of Directors of the EICF , being Chairman of the Federation for a period of 4 years supporting an interesting period of revitalization of the EICF and contributing personally to the establishment of the global circuit..... America / Europe / Far East for the celebrations of the IC World Conferences. Mr. Olabe background is an Engineer specialized in electricity and energy where he has devoted another 15 years of his profesional life in key managerial positions with experience in the field of nuclear equipments and lately renewables Mr. Olabe is a believer in cooperation and innovation as elements that enhance operations and achievements of organizations.