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Innovation is Open at HWI

Jun 28, 2017 / Products

Don Abrino / ATRC

At HWI we pride ourselves on being thought leaders, researchers, tech geeks, and innovators. That’s why we have made a purposeful commitment to “Open Innovation” — to further harness and integrate external technology advancements and bring new refractory solutions to our customers and the refractory market. Driving us forward is long-time HWI employee Don Abrino as the newly-named senior director, External Technology and Open Innovation.

In his new role, Abrino will create the environment and systems at HWI to provide insight on technology 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.

Open Innovation is a concept defined by Dr. Henry Chesbrough in 2003 as “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation and expand the markets for external use of innovation.”

Today and moving forward, open innovation at HWI offers additional new ways for us to lead the industry and better serve our customers.

Read more about Don Abrino and our intense focus on Open Innovation.

About HWI, A member of Calderys

HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States, with a history that spans more than 150 years. It is part of Calderys and is the brand for the Americas region of the Group. HWI counts 25 manufacturing sites and 20 distribution centers in the Americas, as well as the largest refractory industry research facility in North America. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

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