DUBLIN - IRELAND
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
EUROPEAN CONFERENCE THEMES
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.
Marnix Van Hoe
Secretary General Ufemat
DAY 1 - Thursday 20th April 2023
where we will be hosted by owner Sean Moran
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
Venue: Rooftop Bar & Terrace (welcome drink)
& Brasserie (dinner) - The Marker, 5***** hotel
DAY 2 - Friday 21st April 2023
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.
- Marnix Van Hoe, Secretary General Ufemat
- John Newcomb, President Ufemat
& shared presentation with Dianne Lucas (Vision Ufemat)
by Martin Markey, CEO Hardware Association Ireland (HAI)
by Els Bedert, Director, Product Policy & Sustainability EuroCommerce
by Francis Huysman, Managing Director VALIPAC
- 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
by Bernd Dörre, CEO EPAL International
by Jeroen Van Der Holst, Community Director ETIM-International
by Keith Giblin, CEO Allied Merchants Buying Association (AMBA)
by Konstantin Salii, President of the Ukrainian Association of Manufacturers and Merchants of Building Materials
debate by Joe Lynam, Moderator
Afternoon: professional visit
Limited number visitors allowed
Joint Evening program
– Live Irish traditional music & dance
DAY 3 - Saturday 22nd April 2023
offered by the Irish Tourist Board