Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is only four months since the memorable and successful conference in Florence and as always, your feedback has helped the Board in its planning for the 2014 conference. Work is well underway to determine the optimum location and venue, so please remember to regularly check the members-only area of the website for updates.
Membership is vital to the association and I am pleased to give a warm welcome to Sogimi SpA, a leading Italian distributor. Some of you may have met Sogimi at the Florence conference, and a profile of their operations can be found later in this newsletter. The Board focus on membership continues and there is at least one current application pending and several hot prospects being pursued. Please remember to promote EPDA during your travels.
Florence reinforced the message that EPDA is of great value and interest to many people in the industry. However, being a member does not necessarily mean that one only has to pay dues and turn up at the conference; participation in the administration of EPDA is also vital. I am now in my second year as president and one of the most difficult challenges is succession planning for the longer term. This is a distributor association that relies on its distributor members to guide the evolution of the association. I would encourage you all to give serious consideration to participating in some fashion going forward, either in person or by nominating a colleague or employee from your company. Please contact me directly or any of the Board/staff members for further details.
A short while ago there was a focus on the production of the Introduction to Plastics in multiple languages and I am pleased to report that it is selling well with 76 copies across four languages sold in 2013 year to date. However, the majority of members have yet to commit to a copy. Please take a look at the website to place your orders.
Thank you to those of you who have contributed to the quarterly State of the Nation Survey. Q2 survey results are now available for review in the members-only area of the website. We are close to having four quarterly reports and the next step is to evaluate the data to see if a trend analysis can be determined.
While at the 2012 Annual EPDA Conference in Budapest, the topic of a punitive Hungarian packaging tax law was raised. This law has the potential to impact the business of EPDA members doing trade with Hungary. On behalf of EPDA, I have had several exchanges of correspondence and the latest response is being translated to see if progress has been made. I will keep you updated, even if it has run its course and no further action is possible.
If you missed any of the sessions from the 2013 conference, all archived presentations and reports are available via the members-only area of the EPDA website, along with the other valuable member resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, please do so and see what EPDA has available for you.