With increasing European influence over UK standards and legislation impossible to ignore, it is vital that the UK’s point of view is strongly communicated to the decision makers in Brussels. Recognising this the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) and the Glass and Glazing Fenestration (GGF) continue to be highly active within the Federation of European Window and Curtain Walling Manufacturers’ Associations (FAECF) and were recently elected to key roles within its management structure.
At FAECF’s 2011 AGM, held at the ‘Made’ construction exhibition in Millan, the Federation elected Nico Kramers of the VMRG in the Netherlands as the new President, ably supported by CAB’s immediate past president Adrian Toon as Vice President. Patrick England, CAB’s Technical Consultant was voted onto the Executive Committee as Technical Consultant and Giles Willson, Deputy CEO and Director of Technical Affairs at the GGF was elected General Secretary.
Together with thirteen other European national associations CAB and GGF address political, marketing and technical issues that face the metal facade industry across Europe. With common agreement on issues that affect our industry, FAECF representatives who sit on all the committees relating to the fenestration industry can influence the politicians in Brussels and ensure that our industry is given a chance to influence the new EN and ISO standards.
With the new FAECF team in place the Federation is determined to become more influential across Europe and promote the very best technical standards for the European facade industry. The work within FAECF will also strengthen links with other supply chain associations and bodies such as the International Aluminium Institute (IAA), the European Aluminium Association (EAA), the Council of European Producers of Material for Construction (CEPMC), Qualicoat and the Association for European Surface Treatment on Aluminium (ESTAL).
Information on FAECF can be found on the Federation’s website at www.faecf.org. For more information on CAB please contact Julie Harley on 01453 828851, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.c-a-b.org.uk