FEM presented its midterm vision & strategy at the occasion of its 35th Congress on 18-19 September in York (United Kingdom). On 19th September, FEM General Assembly unanimously re-elected Jan van der Velden, Vanderlande Industries, as President for the period 2014-2016. Christophe Lautray, CSO of Linde Material Handling, was elected Vice-President of FEM. John Meale, Thorworld Industries, remains 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. 7 key areas are flagged up: safety technology, intellectual property, global market access, people, energy and environment & resources. They are key to maintaining the competitiveness of the industry
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 7 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.”
Created in 1953, the European Materials Handling Federation represents, defends and promotes European manufacturers of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment. FEM speaks for 17 members representing some 1,000 companies (mostly SMEs) employing 160,000 people directly and with an annual turnover of more than €50 billion (2011).
FEM Manifesto is available at www.fem-eur.com