20 – 22 April 2023


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On behalf of Mr. John Newcomb, Ufemat President, and Martin Markey, Chief Executive Officer Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), I am delighted to invite you to the 63rd Ufemat Congress in Dublin - Ireland.


Marnix Van Hoe

Secretary General Ufemat

A vision for success "


  • Due Diligence: in collaboration with EuroCommerce
  • Packaging: “Recycled content in the packaging material”
  • Safety at Work & Vocational Training Building Materials:
    in collaboration with Constructiv and ISSA Construction (International Social Security Association)

Letter of the President



After the strangest of summers, we hope this letter finds you well and the building materials industry in your country in good shape.


It has been some months since our last communication and we all have faced pressing national priorities during that time.  We have also adapted our working practices in order to support our members safely within a COVID-19 secure environment.


One thing we have all become familiar with is the virtual meeting.  It will come as no surprise that the Ufemat Annual General Assembly will be held as a virtual meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 15 October 2020.


As well as our formal AGM, the afternoon will include two valuable presentations. 


One will outline the results of a research project on the Building Materials Market across Europe undertaken by the Builders Merchants Federation’s Industry Analyst and Economist, Nyssa Patel. 


The other focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by e-commerce and will be delivered by Simon Barkes, Incoming President of ETIM International.


Simon is the MD of an electrical wholesaling business in the UK and was previously President of the UK Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA). He has also served as President of the European Union of Electrical Wholesalers. Together with EDA CEO, Margaret Fitzsimons, Simon was responsible for introducing the ETIM standard to the electrotechnical sector in the UK. Following this, he was involved in the creation of ETIM UK Limited, which enabled the HVAC and Plumbing and Building Materials sectors to join the initiative through the BMF.


COVID-19 has highlighted several valuable lessons for building materials and distribution businesses. They must be able to adapt quickly to the changing needs of customers and clients; to operate remotely; and be e-commerce enabled. To achieve this we need high-quality, structured product data that can be transferred with ease to websites, e-commerce platforms and partners in the value chain – and ETIM provides a structured solution.


We look forward to “virtually” seeing you at the Annual General Assembly and ask you to complete the registration form to confirm your attendance.


Stay safe and keep well.


Best regards

John Newcomb

President Ufemat

Marnix Van Hoe

Secretary General Ufemat



DAY 1 - Thursday 20th April 2023

13.45 Visit to T.J. O’Mahony

where we will be hosted by owner Sean Moran

17.00 Annual General Meeting

Meeting of the presidents, directors of national associations

& European manufacturers of building materials


Result of research: Ufemat New Vision, Mission and Values,

by Dianne Lucas, managing director CMDi


Best Practice presentations Sustainable Packaging


Venue: Shannon Suite - The Marker, 5***** hotel

19.15 Welcome Drink & Dinner

Venue: Rooftop Bar & Terrace (welcome drink)

& Brasserie (dinner) - The Marker, 5***** hotel



DAY 2 - Friday 21st April 2023

Professional program

09.00 Intro by host Joe Lynam

Business editor at the radio station Newstalk. Former BBC presenter, worked for the European commission. As Dublin resident he will be the perfect host for our Conference.

09.05 Welcome by

- Marnix Van Hoe, Secretary General Ufemat
- John Newcomb, President Ufemat

& shared presentation with Dianne Lucas (Vision Ufemat)

1st part

09.30 “The Irish Building market”

by Martin Markey, CEO Hardware Association Ireland (HAI)

09.45 “Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence”

by Els Bedert, Director, Product Policy & Sustainability EuroCommerce

10.00 “European approach towards new Packaging Regulation”

by Francis Huysman, Managing Director VALIPAC

10.20 “Safety at Work & Vocational Training Building Materials”

- on local level by Fabrice Meeuw, General Manager CONSTRUCTIV

- on international level by Prof. Karl-Heinz Noetel, President of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in the Construction Industry

11.05 “EPAL Euro Pallet Exchange Pool"

by Bernd Dörre, CEO EPAL International

11.20 Networking Break

2nd part

11.45 “ETIM – Unifying Data”

by Jeroen Van Der Holst, Community Director ETIM-International

12.00 “Added Value of Membership Buying Group”

by Keith Giblin, CEO Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA)

12.20 "Rebuilding Ukraine"

by Konstantin Salii, President of the Ukrainian Association of Manufacturers and Merchants of Building Materials

12.30 Conclusions

debate by Joe Lynam, Moderator

12.50 Lunch at The Marker

Afternoon: professional visit

13.45 Departure by bus to Microsoft

14.30 High Level Reception and Tour Microsoft Dublin European HQ

Limited number visitors allowed

Schermafbeelding 2022-10-20 om 15.19.15

Partners’ program

09.30 Departure for Panoramic Coach Tour of Dublin & Walking Tour

Afternoon free

Joint Evening program

18.45 Departure by bus

19.45 Welcome drink & dinner at Johnnie Fox’s Pub

– Live Irish traditional music & dance

21.30 Ceremony Winner Ufemat

DAY 3 - Saturday 22nd April 2023

09.30 Departure for the Guinness Storehouse

offered by the Irish Tourist Board

12.30 Lunch at The Marker

Ufemat Structural Main Sponsor

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsor

Bronze sponsors

Special sponsors


A new vision for UFEMAT

John Newcomb

The Irish Building market

Martin Markey

Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

Els Bedert

European approach towards new Packaging Regulation

Francis Huysman & Filip Vangeel

A vision for success

Fabrice Meeuw

Safety at Work & Vocational Training Building Materials on International Level

Prof. Karl-Heinz Noetel

TheEPAL Euro Pallet Exchange Pool

Bernd Dörre

ETIM – Unifying Data

Jeroen Van Der Holst

Added Value of Membership Buying Group

Keith Giblin

Rebuilding Ukraine

John Newcomb