Innovation is Open at HWI
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.
About HarbisonWalker International
With more than 150 years of industry leadership, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s international network spans North America, Europe, and Asia, with 19 manufacturing plants, 30 global sourcing centers, and technology facilities in both the United States and China. 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.