Industry pioneer Robert Porcher dies

Porcher, 83 at his death, was chief executive and primary owner of the Porcher Group, a manufacturer of fiberglass, aramid and carbon fiber fabric.

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Robert Porcher, chief executive and primary owner of the Porcher Group (Badinieres, France) passed away Monday, June 20. He was 83.

In 1948, at the age of 20, Porcher took over management of a small textile company that had been founded by his father. That began a storied and successful career spanning 63 years, during which Porcher turned his father’s small company into a global textile enterprise with operations in five countries on four continents.

One of these operations is BGF Industries (Greensboro, N.C., USA), the American Glass Division of Porcher Industries. BGF employs 787 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and 60 at its headquarters in Greensboro. Today, Porcher Industries is a leading producer of fiberglass, aramid and carbon fiber fabric substrates and related products for many high-performance and industrial markets.

Born on April 24, 1928 to Rémy and Cécile Porcher, Robert will be remembered as a skilled strategist, a gifted visionary, and a formidable entrepreneur. He was also known as a gracious and caring gentleman who always took time to say “bonjour” and offer encouraging words to his employees. Because of his energy, knowledge, and love of the business, Porcher was an inspiration to all who knew him and was involved in the business until his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Claire, of 59 years and his son Philippe, CEO of BGF Industries.