Manufacturers and Other Industries Economic Group

Norman Aquilina

Norman Aquilina is the Group Chief Executive of Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Mr Aquilina is a former chairman of the Chamber’s Manufacturers and Other Industries Economic Group.  Previously he had the post of Senior Vice-President of the Chamber where he was actively involved in the merger between the Chamber and Federation of Industry (FOI).

He also served as chairman of the Chamber’s EU Steering Committee for the years leading up to Malta’s EU accession.  Mr Aquilina is a past president of the Malta Business Bureau.

Ruben Cuschieri

Ing. Ruben Cuschieri is an Electrical Engineer, having graduated from the University of Malta in 1992.  In his 30 years career, he has occupied various management roles in leading local and international companies, gaining vast exposure and experience in the international sphere, particularly in the manufacturing & related Industries sector. Over the years, he has also provided consultancy to several local and foreign companies.

Since 2021 he has been heading the setting up of a cutting-edge technology manufacturing company R3Vox Ltd, a leading hydrographic survey equipment company with a global reach, in the role of Managing Director. Since 2019 he has served as Council Member of the Chamber and as an active member of the Manufacturing and other Economic Group committee .

Ing. Cuschieri also represents the Malta Chamber on the Board of Directors of Indis (Malta) Ltd (previously MIP), Jobs Plus and the Employment Relationships Board.

Brian Muscat

Managing Director at Multi Packaging Limited, manufacturers of corrugated board and boxes and a subsidiary of the M Demajo Group.

Brian Muscat has been working in the Manufacturing Sector for these last 36 years. In 2015 he was co-opted as a member of the Manufacturers and the other Economic Group within the Chamber and in 2021 was elected as a council member and Chairperson of the same group. He represents the Chamber in a Directorship role on the Boards of Malta Enterprise, the Malta Business Bureau and the Foundation for the Promotion of Entrepreneurial Initiatives Boards.

Muscat is also the Chairperson of BIETA (Bulebel Industrial Estate Tenants Association), a role he has been occupying since 2019, and council member of the Libyan Maltese Chamber of Commerce group.

Sonia Muscat

A highly knowledgeable senior executive with over 23 years of working experience, Sonia Muscat currently serves as Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Raesch Quarz (Malta) Ltd. In this role, Sonia has overall responsibility for the finance function including budgeting, internal controls and management and financial reporting.

Sonia is also directly involved in the implementation of various projects within the Manufacturing Plant.  Prior to joining Raesch, Sonia was an Audit Manager with the audit and accountancy firm PWC with a varied portfolio of high profile clients including insurance agencies, manufacturing companies and hotels.

A Certified Public Accountant and Auditor, Sonia holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Malta and is described as determined, efficient, responsible, dependable, hard-working and results-oriented.

Joseph Pace

Joe Pace qualified as a certified accountant in 1976. He served as cost accountant with Dowty, financial controller of Maritim Selmun Palace Hotel and Managing Director of Consolidated Biscuit since 1984.  He was appointed Managing Director in 1990.

Joe Pace also serves as a director of Gamay Investments and Trade Malta.

Joe Pace served on the Council of the Malta Federation of Industry and since the merger of the Federation with The Chamber he serves on the latter’s Council and participates in a number of working groups.

Joe is married to Lilian and they have three children.

Philipp Seifert

Philipp Seifert joined Seifert Systems Ltd, the family business founded by his grandfather in Germany, and now led by his father Michael R. Seifert, in 2018. He spearheaded a digitisation initiative throughout the Seifert group of companies, with the Malta plant setting up an Industry 4.0 state of the art factory for the sheet-metal processing side of the business.

This is nearing completion and will be inaugurated in April this year. From January 2020, Philipp took up the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer for the Malta plant.

In 2021 he was elected president of the German – Maltese Business Council within The Malta Chamber a position he currently occupies. Philipp is a graduate in Management  and Economics from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nicholas Xuereb

Nick Xuereb is a prominent figure in Malta’s business community, with extensive experience in various industries. He began his career with PwC in 1988 before transitioning to the manufacturing industry in 1999, where he served as Finance Director for Trelleborg.

Nick has also held significant positions such as Vice President and member of the Board of Management within The Malta Chamber, and Chairman of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority from 2008 to 2013.

Notable achievements include playing a crucial role in driving a major restructuring program for Air Malta during his tenure as CFO in 2011. Currently, he serves as Group CFO of Toly Products, a global supplier to the beauty and cosmetics industry. Nick has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.