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HarbisonWalker focuses on Open Innovation

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HarbisonWalker International has appointed Don Abrino as Senior Director of External Technology and Open Innovation.

In his new role, Don will create the environment and systems needed to provide HWI with insight on technological trends, identify and evaluate outside technologies and future business opportunities, and establish strategic collaborations and partnerships with universities, research institutes, other companies, customers, suppliers and other HWI partners.

“With more than 30 years of experience at HWI and keen insight in the markets we serve, Don is the perfect person to lead this effort for HWI,” said Stephen Delo, chairman and CEO, HarbisonWalker International. “For more than 150 years, we have been a leading supplier of refractory technologies. Today and moving forward, open innovation concepts offer additional new ways for us to lead the industry and better serve our customers.”

“Don’s new role at HWI reflects our purposeful commitment to open our innovation pipeline. It will allow us to further harness and integrate global external technology advancements, emerging science with value chain collaborators and adjacent-market companies to benefit our customers and bring new offerings into refractory markets,” said Delo.

Abrino most recently served as Senior Director, Technical Marketing at HWI. During his career at the company, he has held a variety of positions including Research, Product Safety and Stewardship, Plant Manager, Technical Marketing and Glass Sales Unit Manager.

“By intensifying our focus on external developments and adapting them into HWI offerings, we anticipate an increased pace from our innovation efforts. This will result in greater value creation for our customers and accelerate their internal continuous improvements and innovations,” noted Delo.

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