2020 GA Meeting May 6th in Kristiansand (KRS), Norway


The 2019 GA meeting which took place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain was a resounding success. Hosted by FerroGlobe, the meeting which lasted 4 hours saw several deliberations related to the consortium governace, dossier updates and classification & labelling. Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Chairmanand  a new 2nd Vice Chairman were appointed, meanwhile the 1st Vice Chiarman was maintained to enure continuity 
  • Dossier updates: Reveal changes in classification and labelling if compared to the 2010 submitted dossiers
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget
  • Brexit and data: Mara will continue to support REACH registration inside and outside the EU (UK REACH inclusive) but at a charge yet to be determined 
Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Every 2 - 3 years the GA revisits the needs of the consortium based on the short- to medium-term tasks envisaged and appoints new leadership accordingly. This year a revisit of the consortium's governance led to  the appointment of a new Chairman and 2nd Vice- chairman while the 1st Vice-chairman was maintained. The new team will be working with the incumbent Secretary General


Chairman: Mr Antonio Salinas




Antonio Salinas worked in the former Ferroatlantica from 2006 as Commercial Director for the Mn alloys and FeSi Division and was also involved in the sales of Silicon metal, CaSi and special powdered products. Presently, Antonio works as a sales Manager for Ferroglobe since 2018 with a focus on South of Europe, Middle East and Egypt.

With an active role in trade defense and his experience in regulatory compliance issues, Antonio chairs different technical and commercial expert groups within the EU and Worldwide - Chairman of the FeSi Committee in Euroalliages, Silicon REACH Consortium and recently made the Chairman of the Mn REACH Administration.  



1st Vice Chairman: Dr Bernd Friede




German-born, Dr. Friede holds a PhD in inorganic solid state chemistry and has been working for the Norwegian company Elkem since 2000 as Corporate Product Stewardship Manager.

A member of the Mn-Consortium since 2008, Bernd has been involved with REACH and other regulatory affairs for over 10 years.

He represents Elkem in a number of European industry associations and technical working groups.


2nd Vice Chairman: Mr Patrick Sacco




Deputy CEO and Group Marketing Director of Assore

Patrick joined the Assore group in 2002 after his master's degree at the University of Colorado (USA). He was appointed a director of Ore & Metal, the selling and marketing agent for all Assmang's products, in 2007, and is currently its Chairman as well as the Group Marketing director for Assore Ltd. In addition, from 1st January 2019, Patrick was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Assore limited. Patrick was appointed as a director of Assmang in 2008 and Assore in 2016, and is on the board of Oresteel Proprietary Limited, the ultimate holding company of Assore.



Secretary General: Dr Doreen McGough




Dr McGough has been Secretary General of the Mn-Consortium since 1 July 2017.

Prior to this she was HSE Director for the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) for over 8 years. As the Institute’s chief scientist Dr McGough has published over 10 peer-reviewed articles concerning manganese. Along with her work at the IMnI she has also been working for MARA on lease as its main technical advisor.

Before joining the IMnl Dr McGough worked as a regulatory affairs specialist at Safepharm Laboratories Ltd UK, a contracted research organization.

An Anglo-Cameroonian, Dr McGough holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in environmental pollution control, and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Nottingham (UK), where she began her career as a lecturer.


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