Ilias Papadopoulos joined TRIMET SE in 1987 after gaining his “Fachhochschulreife” (an advanced technical qualification) to embark on vocational training as a wholesale and international trade specialist, which he successfully completed in 1989. After that, he worked in the areas of material planning and trading.
Between 1992 and 1994 Ilias Papadopoulos stayed in the aluminium industry, initially with W&O Bergmann in Düsseldorf and later with Billiton.
In April 1994 Ilias Papadopoulos returned to TRIMET Aluminium SE where he was given power of attorney in October 1994. He has been head of the trade division since 2006.