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Board of Directors

EFFRA is managed by a Board of Directors whose members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years. The composition of the Board reflects the diversity of European manufacturing and includes suppliers as well as customers of production technologies, trade associations, research centres and universities.

Members of the Board:

  • Joaquim Menezes - IBEROMOLDES - Chairman
  • Herman Derache - AGORIA - Vice-Chairman & Treasurer
  • Marco Taisch - Politecnico di Milano - Vice-Chairman
  • Eduardo Beltrán - Mondragon
  • Dietmar Goericke - VDMA
  • Torbjörn Holmström - Volvo
  • Stefan Kammann - Continental Engineering Services
  • Malte Lohan - Orgalim
  • Philippe Maurin-Perrier - HEF Group
  • Heinz Neubert - Siemens
  • Philippe Lubineau - CETIM
  • Egbert-Jan Sol - TNO
  • Riikka Virkkunen - VTT
  • Steffen Winkler - Bosch Rexroth
  • Massimo Ippolito - COMAU
  • George Chryssolouris LMS – University of Patras*
  • José Carlos Caldeira - Inesc Porto/ManuFuture ISG*

*Honorary Member


The Board convenes two to three times per year and oversees, amongst other matters, the drafting of research priorities, financial management and cooperation with the European Union.