Monte Carlo, Monaco — New heads of the European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) were elected at the General Assembly during the association’s record-breaking tenth annual convention in Monaco Sept. 19-20, 2007.
Roberto Cugnaschi, outgoing EPTDA president, handed on the torch to the newly elected board of directors, after a thriving association year. Many new initiatives were kicked off in 2007 — an ethical policy, monitoring and education opportunities. EPTDA also saw a striking membership growth of 18 new members since January 2007.
The convention brought together 375 participants — including 90 first timers, 25 international guests, 14 non-member companies and 80 spouses — from all over the world. This years convention also sealed EPTDAs partnership with UNICEF Belgium when Christian Wiener, president of UNICEF Belgium, received a 12,500 donation from EPTDA.
Cugnaschis successor, Marcel J.N. Mak (Spruit Transmissies, Netherlands) and his new team will celebrate EPTDAs 10th anniversary in January 2008. The new president will be supported by Franois Longeroche (Centre Roulement, France), elected first vice-president; Manfred Beitel, (WLB Antriebselemente Handelsgesellschaft, Germany), appointed second vice-president; Roberto Cugnaschi (Mondial , Italy), immediate past president; John Westerling (S&N Osakeyhti, Finland) in his new position of treasurer; Piotr Maksymowicz (SKF Service Division Europe, Belgium), new Manufacturer Council chair; and David Harrow (Godiva Bearings, UK), Mikael Sthr (AB Sverull, Sweden), Elena Azcue Taberna (Sociedad Industrial de Transmisiones, Spain) and Mehmet Ali lgen (Silkar Otomotiv Sanayi Ve Ticaret, Turkey), who will sit as regular board members.
The new board of directors of EPTDA plans to further establish the reputation of EPTDA and further develop existing projects — such as charity program in partnership with UNICEF, ethical policies, fair trade, social and environmental responsibility, and education — in light of EPTDAs new identity, which will be unveiled on Jan. 1, 2008.
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