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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold reconfirmed as Chairman of international certification system IECEx

21 December 2016

At this year’s meeting of the Management Committee of IECEx in South Africa, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, Vice President Strategy and Technology of R. STAHL, was proposed for election as chairman for a second term from 2017 until the end of 2019, with all 33 member states supporting his continuation in office. During the October general meeting of the IEC in Frankfurt, this proposal was confirmed.

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, Chairman of international certification system IECEx
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, Chairman of international certification system IECEx

“I am proud and happy about the unanimous confirmation of my work as chairman of IECEx”, saidArnhold about his re-election. “I am also especially happy about the fact that our Executive Secretary, Chris Agius from Australia, has also been unanimously confirmed in his office. With him, his team in Sydney and all the other active members of IECEx we have achieved much we can be proud of in the past three years. And we have already prepared the next big steps.”

During his first term, the number of published test reports and certificates rose by more than 40%, especially impressive given the background of the dramatic oil price decrease in this period. The oil and gas industry covers the biggest part of the hazardous area sector by far.

"The significant increase of our activities in times when the economic situation is difficult shows how robust our organization is and how great the international demand for the services of our member institutions. We can justifiably say that IECEx plays a leading role worldwide in certifying products, services and personal qualifications for hazardous areas”, Arnhold said.

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