Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Success at 61st Annual Arge Conference

Following its successful conference in Budapest, ARGE has announced that it will be pursuing the creation of generic Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), as well as introducing new key members to the Executive Board.

At its General Meeting on 5th September, attended by over 41 delegates, ARGE voted to pursue its sustainability agenda through the creation of entry level EPDs.

EPDs are the most effective way for communicating a product’s verifiable and accurate environmental information, and following the introduction of the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) these are becoming increasingly imperative.

Three tenders have been submitted to ARGE outlining plans for the effective delivery of EPDs. These proposals will now be debated by ARGE, with the preferred method informing its sustainability roadmap.

In addition, ARGE elected a Chairman and two additional members of the Executive Board.

Hans Weissenboeck, will take up the position of the new ARGE Chairman and will be chiefly responsible for delivering the ARGE objectives and sustainability roadmap. A representative of KABA Switzerland, where he works as a Senior Vice President, Hans is committed to driving the ARGE Sustainability Agenda whilst working closely with the Commission Services regarding the CPR and the Standardisation across the lock and hardware, and construction industry.

Representing the Nordic countries at ARGE and introduced at this year’s conference in Budapest is Urban Doverholt, Managing Director and member of the Executive Board at the ASSA Group in Sweden. Urban is also the President of the SEM Group, the Swedish Association for Construction Hardware.

Stephan Schmidt, from Germany, is the second new member of the Executive Board and is the Managing Director of the German Fachverband Schloss und Beschlagindustrie, which is the main association for locks and builder’s hardware in Germany.

Speaking on the success at this year’s conference, Joachim Kieker, ARGE General Secretary, said:
“ARGE is pleased to welcome the new management and is convinced that ARGE’s targets and objectives according to the new Business Plan will be reached. 
 “The decision to pursue the creation of EPDs helps to shape ARGE’s vision and sustainability roadmap – giving us some very clear aims to work toward and most importantly deliver for our members. We have worked hard to stress the importance of the changes in the construction sector and the impact these will have on the lock and hardware industry. The generic EPDs are crucial in helping our members to remain competitive in an ever-changing market and we look forward to defining our strategy and working toward achieving this.”

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