Paris, France (Tuesday, July 17th, 2018) – During FEPA Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, members have confirmed Dr. Jan Cord Becker, CEO of Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH, a German manufacturer of coated, bonded, and superabrasives, as the President of FEPA from 2018-2020. He will be assisted in his role by the new Vice-President elected, Mr. Stefan Sjöberg, CEO of Mirka Ltd., a Finnish abrasives and tools manufacturer.
When he took office, Jan Cord Becker summarised his strategic vision for the next two years in three objectives: To promote European quality products, to listen to members and to reinforce the collaboration within the Federation.
“I would particularly like to foster the European philosophy of quality products”, said Becker, who is absolutely convinced that this is the primary asset of FEPA members. “We have so much to offer in the global world. In addition to quality and safety, we have the highest environmental and social standards worldwide, which correspond to our social values such as respect and responsibility.”
Becker also highlighted the strength of the numerous and, above all, so diverse members and stressed how important the exchange, discussion and constructive collaboration of the members are for the success of FEPA. “We are enriched and complemented by a variety of cultures and perspectives which give us the energy to achieve together any goal we have set ourselves!”
Stefan Sjöberg echoed Dr. Becker’s first objective and emphasized the importance to enhance strategy and communication efforts within the FEPA to promote European values and communicate their relevance. He also rallied the troop by challenging them when he stated: “We can do more to support European Abrasives producers.”
Doing more has been FEPA’s motto by focusing on encouraging the decision makers of its member companies to get more involved. The Annual Conference set the stage for a year rich in technical and communication projects. As the outgoing president, Jean-Philippe Guyot, said: “FEPA membership as a whole is ready to mold FEPA into a faithful advocate for the issues that may arise from an ever-evolving market.”
FEPA, the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives, is an association representing over 80% of the European producers of abrasive products, a world leader, including SMEs and international companies in the world, as well as the abrasives National Associations and their members. FEPA Members cover 90% of abrasives European production, exporting 35% of it in the world.
FEPA’s missions, aside from representing the European abrasive industry, are to promote abrasives produced in Europe, to inform members on the evolution of the regulatory framework in Europe and worldwide, to support the producers with a range of technical, legal and scientific services, and to anticipate future challenges in the abrasives sector.
FEPA also has strong connections with non-European federations and abrasive producers in countries such as the USA.
The member companies produce all types of high quality abrasives:
- Bonded abrasives (inorganic and organic);
- Coated and non-woven abrasives;
- Superabrasives (diamond and CBN) for precision grinding, and;
- Superabrasives for stone and construction.
Abrasives are essential components weaved into numerous industries such as construction, automobile, aeronautics, environment, optical activities, glass, electronics… and also DIY.
Franck Verguet, General Secretary
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