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Strong BIAFD representation at EFDA Conference  (05 July, 2018)

Eighteen representatives from BIAFD Member companies travelled to Rotterdam in June to attend the excellently-organised Sixth EFDA Triennial Conference.

The BIAFD is a founder member of the European Fastener Distributor Association, which represents the interests of fastener importers and distributors throughout Europe. As EFDA President, Dr Volker Lederer, noted to 120 delegates and international guests: 'EFDA represents an industry that is no longer a simple box shifter. We are now a strategic contributor that literally holds European industry together; investing in equipment, connectivity and people to effectively manage complex global supply chains.”

Founded in 2000, one of EFDA's primary roles is to defend free and fair trade and continued access to global fastener procurement markets, that ensure an extensive range of industries is supported professionally and cost-effectively.

EFDA is active in ensuring EU politicians and institutions recognise the massive investment and contribution the fastener distribution sector makes to virtually every European industry.

Conference speakers included representatives from the European Commission, the Netherlands Government and the Erasmus University. Formal proceedings concluded with a new Discussion Forum, bringing together viewpoints from Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea and the USA, on topics ranging from raw material trends, vehicle powertrains and the challenges of recruiting talent to the fastener industry. The evening was dedicated to a convivial networking dinner on the hotel's sixteenth floor, overlooking the Rotterdam evening skyline.

BIAFD delegates reported real value from the Conference, describing it as 'engaging and useful', 'interesting and informative', and 'worthwhile' for both its presentations and opportunities 'to meet new people in our industry.'

BIAFD members regularly participate in EFDA events, both learning from and contributing to the formal elements, and establishing important business contacts across Europe and beyond.

Membership of the BIAFD starts at just £400 per year and is open to fastener distribution businesses in the UK and Ireland. It's a remarkably small investment to ensure you are better informed.
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