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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
  • Berndt-Thomas Kraft (FMTI) - Vice-Chairman
  • Eduardo Beltrán (Mondragon)
  • Robert Feuerstein (Continental Automotive)
  • Heinrich Flegel (ManuFuture ETP)
  • Maurizio Gattiglio (Prima Electro)
  • Dietmar Goericke (VDMA)
  • Torbjörn Holmström (Volvo)
  • Malte Lohan (Orgalime)
  • Philippe Maurin-Perrier (HEF Group)
  • Heinz Neubert (Siemens)
  • Daniel Richet (CETIM)
  • Egbert-Jan Sol (TNO)
  • Marco Taisch (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Riikka Virkkunen (VTT)
  • Steffen Winkler (Bosch Rexroth)
  • Massimo Ippolito (COMAU)
  • George Chryssolouris (LMS – University of Patras)
  • José Carlos Caldeira (Inesc Porto)*

*Honorary Member


The Board convenes two to three times per year and oversees, amongst other matters, the drafting of research priorities, membership policy, financial management and cooperation with the European Union. As the central decision-making body, the Board of Directors appoints the Executive Director of the Association.