The General Assembly of the European Materials Handling Federation (FEM) unanimously re-elected Jan van der Velden of Vanderlande Industries as president for the period 2014-2016 at its 35th Congress in York last week.
Christophe Lautray, CSO of Linde Material Handling, was elected vice-president, while John Meale (Thorworld Industries) remains as past president.
Thanking his colleagues for his re-election, Jan van der Velden said: “I feel very honoured by your trust. Be assured I will carry out the mission you are giving me with the same energy and commitment.”
The European materials handling industry is the second-largest sector in mechanical engineering, with nearly 300,000 people employed directly and a €60bn annual turnover. It is a world leader in most of its subsectors and it operates globally with some €23bn exports and a €18bn trade balance (2012).
Whereas a new EU cycle is about to start with a new European Parliament and a new European Commission, FEM has set its Vision & Strategy 2020. Seven areas key to maintaining the competitiveness of the industry have been identified: safety technology, intellectual property, global market access, people, energy & environment, and resources.
Click here or follow the link below (5MB - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) to download the FEM Manifesto.
Jan van der Velden said: “During my second term, I intend to base the core of my activities on the Manifesto FEM has just adopted. With this document, our industry has set its midterm vision and strategy by flagging seven areas that are key to maintain the competitiveness and overall success of our companies.
"This strategy must guide not only my actions but those of all the working forces of FEM at both horizontal and product group levels.”