Robert van de Kerkhof elected CIRFS president

May 29, 2020 - Belgium

CIRFS, the European man-made fibres association, has announced the election of Robert van de Kerkhof to take on the role of president at company’s AGM. Kerkhof succeeds Necat Altin, general manager of Korteks and head of Zorlu Holding Textiles Group, whose mandate has expired but will remain a member of the board as the past-president.   
“I am very pleased that Kerkhof has been unanimously elected to follow me as CIRFS president. Kerkhof has been actively involved in CIRFS work for many years, amongst others in the board, more recently as its vice-president. Kerkhof has a long experience and a very successful record in the man-made fibres industry, and is currently heading the performance of marketing and sales, corporate sustainability and supply chain as the chief commercial officer of the Lenzing Group, an innovative and world-leading Austrian company,” Necat Altin, member of board at CIRFS, said in a press release.
Kerkhof has on many occasions highlighted the indispensable contribution of CIRFS to the man-made fibres industry’s development in Europe and how CIRFS can support the industry in meeting its current and future challenges in a global world.”
“Altin has strongly supported the association in his period as president, showing how CIRFS can play a key role for the industry by adapting to a constantly changing and very competitive environment. I look forward to continuing this mission over the next three years,” Robert van de Kerkhof said.
The man-made fibres industry, in Europe and also globally, is faced with many challenges such as international trade tensions and now the Covid-19 crisis. Our European industry through has numerous strengths. Not only is it the most innovative and the most sustainable worldwide, but it also manufactures highly specialised, quality and green products, which provide the base for a bright sustainable future. CIRFS will continue to actively work to help the industry build on these strengths.”