North West based ANH Refractories has hired a senior engineer with more than 20 years' experience to drive export sales across Europe.
Senior Refractory Engineer Stefan Frank has joined the Wirral firm to bolster expertise in the cement sector. He has been charged with kickstarting a new campaign to increase ANH's profile and drive sales in emerging cement markets in countries including Turkey, Ukraine and Italy.
The American owned firm, which has a US turnover of $550m, manufactures materials used in linings for furnaces, kilns and incinerators operating at high temperatures.
It delivers refractory solutions, services and products to many industries including aluminium, petrochemical, power, incineration, mineral and glass.
Mr Frank has more than 20 years' experience in the refractory industry. This has included roles at HeidelbergCement Group's Technology Center in Leimen, Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, and extensive work in the rotary kiln field.
"I am very pleased to have joined ANH Refractories Europe," said Mr Frank. "The firm has a global reputation for delivering first class refractory solutions and its workforce has a focussed, ambitious and dynamic attitude. I hope to use my skills and expertise of the cement market to strengthen the operation and continue to drive growth. ANH is well placed to target the fast emerging cement markets across Europe and I will be leading a fresh campaign raise its profile and boost sales. With my knowledge of the market I have complete confidence in the quality of ANH's refractory solutions. They are reliable, durable and ultimately enhance the efficiency of the cement manufacturing process. This can lead to increased productivity and profit potential."
Mr Frank said ANH has a number of key products designed specifically for the cement manufacturing industry. These include Magnel Ultra refractory bricks used for lining cement kilns and Versaflow which can be used within kilns, coolers and tertiary air ducts.
ANH Refractories Europe managing director Peter Rooney said: "We are delighted to welcome Stefan to the ANH team. His technical expertise is greatly valued. The European cement market has been a solid area for sales in the last 12 months and we believe Stefan has the knowledge and skills to build on this. We have enjoyed success with major cement manufacturers including Holcim and Heidelberg. There are more high profile deals in the pipeline and we see great potential to drive sales in this sector due to the quality of products we offer."