After completing his degree in metallurgical engineering in 1992, Franciscus Prins joined Samancor Chrome and worked in operations at several ferrochrome plants. In 1999 he assumed responsiblilty for production, sales and technical support at Ferroveld, the Samancor electrode paste plant.
In 2004 he joined Elkem Carbon as Marketing & Sales Director, for Asia/Pacific region, based in Shanghai. This was before the joint venture between Samancor Chrome and Elkem was established in 2007, trading as Elkem Ferroveld today.
Franciscus was appointed as Vice President for Marketing & Sales in Elkem Carbon, at the Elkem headoffice in Oslo, since May 2008. During this period he was responsible for marketing and sales of all Elkem Carbon’s products globally, as well as all product development in Elkem Carbon.
From 2014 to 2016, he assumed the position as General Manager of Elkem Shanghai, to oversee Elkem’s commercial activities in China. After that, he returned to Norway, to reassume his previous role as VP Marketing & Sales in Elkem Carbon. Today, he is located at the Elkem Carbon Global offices in Kristansand, Norway.
Franciscus obtained a B.Eng in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also has an MBA from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the same institution.