||FEM President speaks at international construction equipment congress
On 20 September 2013, FEM President Jan van der Velden spoke at the World Economic Forum during the 2013 International Construction Equipment Congress held in Istanbul. FEM was invited by its Turkish member ISDER.
Mr. van der Velden gave some mega-trends in the European materials handling market and commented on the Turkish market. His presentation is available HERE
||Market surveillance: preserving a Competitive Machinery Industry in Europe
FEM, together with other machinery industries, co-organised an event to discuss the recently presented Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package on 20 March 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Whilst presenting the challenges of non-compliance for the materials handling industry, FEM President Jan van der Velden welcomed the Commission's proposal and stressed the key role that the industry ought to play to ensure an effective implementation. He also pointed out that: "[a]s good as the EU framework set by the Regulation can and hopefully will be, market surveillance remains the task and competence of Member States. The system will only be fully effective if Member States are ready to commit the necessary human and financial resources."
Alan McIntyre, President of the FEM Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms reminded participants of the costs of compliance and the resulting temptation of not following the rules: "The emission change to stage 3b [of the NRMM Exhaust Emissions Directive] increases the cost of the complete engine package by 80-100%. (...) We can fairly easily deduce that if we did not comply with the regulations it would be commercially advantageous to be able to place less costly machines on the market or maintain profit margin. (...) So for those that do fully comply we need to be sure that we are competing fairly in the market."
You can find below the following documents:
||Manufacturing a greener and stronger Europe
FEM President Jan van der Velden, Vice-President Massimo Riggio and Past President John Meale attended the official launch of the Orgalime/CEEMET Manifesto “Manufacturing a stronger and greener Europe”. The Manifesto is a response to the recently published European Commission Communication on Industrial Policy. The Manifesto was officially presented to European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso.
John Meale took the opportunity of the event and notably the large attendance of European Commission and Parliament officials to alert them on the risks posed to European manufacturing jobs by weak market surveillance. Indeed the unfair competition resulting from ineffective market surveillance hinders European companies’ competitiveness, ultimately threatening the jobs they provide. The message was well received, notably by the IMCO Committee Chairman MEP Malcolm Harbour.
||FEM Congress 2012
FEM 2012 Congress attracted some 200 participants from 19 countries. Below you will find the presentations given during the Economic and Technical Conferences, as well as during the CEO Breakfast.
||Conference on Market Surveillance for machinery
On 24 November 2011, over 200 delegates from the EU Institutions, industry and Member States attended a European Commission's conference dedicated to market surveillance for machinery. You will find below the statements & presentations given by various speakers from the European materials handling industry:
The conference also saw the official launch of the Market Surveillance Industry's Support Platform, an industry initiative of which FEM is part.
||Calendar of FEM Events
||FEM 2010 Congress in Istanbul (updated)
33rd FEM Congress
||VDMA Lagertechnik 2010
"Lagertechnik: Technik, Perspektiven, Sicherheit"
||FEM 2008 Congress in Cannes
The 32nd FEM Congress took place in Cannes from 18 to 20 September 2008, organised by the French National Committee of FEM, CISMA.
The second workshop took a more technical angle and tried to trigger discussions around CEN & ISO standards, FEM recommendations and their possible combined future.
Finally the afternoon ended with a special guest who gave us another view on how to “reach the top” in your respective businesses: the French alpinist Catherine Destivelle.
The Congress ended with a closing dinner at the invitation of Pierre Marol, CISMA’s President, on the evening of Friday 19th September, and our traditional yet popular CEO breakfast, with a presentation by Denis Ferrand from Coe-Rexede on the World economic situation and economic forecast 2008-2009.
We would like to thank all participants for joining this congress, and CISMA for this well organized and fruitful congress.
We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul from 29 Sept. to 3 Oct. 2010.