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NEWS. EFDA EXPLAINS MODERN FASTENER DISTRIBUTION

9 June 2017

EFDA has published “Securing the Future”, a sixteen-page insight to European Fastener Distribution in the 21st Century. The document aims to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of today’s fastener supply chain particularly to European politicians, civil servants and regulators. EFDA president, Dr Volker Lederer, explains:

“EFDA regularly connects with members of the European Commission at many levels, as well as with European Parliamentarians. During these discussions it is clear there is a limited, and in may ways out-dated, understanding of the role that today’s fastener importers and distributors play in supporting a very wide spectrum of European industry, as well as in providing employment, and contributing generally to the European economy.”

“Securing the Future provides a concise but extensive insight into a sector comprising more than 2500 major distribution companies across Europe, employing more than 44,000 skilled personnel and holding more than 2,000 million euros of inventory, in order to supply more than 130,000 different components, worth more than 10,000 million euros annually.”

“As we say in the brochure, ‘Try finding an industry sector where fastener are not needed’ or where fastener distribution specialists are not active and professional partners to that industry, ensuring that the right fastener, is in the right place, at the right time.”

“Securing the Future’s message is that our sector is no longer a simple ‘box-shifter’ that can adapt overnight to changes in the regulatory environment. In the face of its customers’ increasingly complex demands, the distribution industry has evolved radically. We are now a strategic contributor that literally holds industry together, investing in equipment, connectivity and people to effectively manage a complex global supply chain – both sourcing and supplying fasteners and parts worldwide.”

“We ask for recognition of that contribution and that it should be reflected in a regulatory environment that realises European businesses today are globally inter-connected and need a fair and free trading platform that ensures a reliable, value-aware supply chain to support their futures.”

EFDA’s “Securing the Future” may be downloaded here (PDF).

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NEWS. MEET EFDA AT THE FASTENER FAIR STUTTGART

14 January 2017

EFDA will be present at the upcoming Stuttgart Fastener Fair, the world’s leading fair of the fastener and fixing industry, held from 28 to 30 March 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. Come to our stand to learn more about EFDA’s work, mission and services. There you will have the occasion to exchange views and experience with some of our members and explore the advantages of membership. Join us! You will find us in hall 5, stand 2609.

 

At our stand you will have the occasion to learn about EFDA’s work, mission and services:

 

  - Bringing together the European fastener distribution sector.

  - Maintaining a global network with international partner organizations.

  - Promoting the value of fastener distributors as integrated logistics partners for European industry.

  - Representing the distribution sector at European and global level.

  - Promoting free and fair trade in an open marketplace.

 

Your company can contribute to and benefit from EFDA’s strength by joining one of our national associations in Britain & Irland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Distributors from other countries can

now directly join EFDA through MEFDA – ‘More EFDA’.

 

Meet us at the Stuttgart Fastener Fair and come to our stand. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

 

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NEWS. Meet EFDA at the International Hardware Fair.

29 February 2016

EFDA will be present at the upcoming International Hardware Fair held from 6 to 8 March 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Come to our stand to learn more about EFDA’s work, mission and services. There you will have the occasion to exchange views and experience with some of our members and explore the advantages of membership. Join us! You will find us at the ‘Fastener Forum’ in hall 5.2, stand A 042.

At our stand you will have the occasion to learn about EFDA’s work, mission and services:

   - Bringing together the European fastener distribution sector.
   - Maintaining a global network with international partner organizations.
   - Promoting the value of fastener distributors as integrated logistics partners for European industry.
   - Representing the distribution sector at European and global level.
   - Promoting free and fair trade in an open marketplace.

Your company can contribute to and benefit from EFDA’s strength by joining one of our national associations in Britain & Irland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Distributors from other countries can now directly join EFDA through MEFDA – ‘More EFDA’.

Meet us at the International Hardware Fair Cologne and come to our stand. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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NEWS. Meet EFDA at the Fastener Fair Stuttgart.

4 March 2015

EFDA will be present at the upcoming Stuttgart Fastener Fair, the world’s leading fair of the fastener and fixing industry, held from 10 to 12 March 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany. Come to our stand to learn more about EFDA’s work, mission and services. There you will have the occasion to exchange views and experience with some of our members and explore the advantages of membership. Join us! You will find us in hall 8, stand Y40.

At our stand you will have the occasion to learn about EFDA’s work, mission and services:

   - Bringing together the European fastener distribution sector.
   - Maintaining a global network with international partner organizations.
   - Promoting the value of fastener distributors as integrated logistics partners for European industry.
   - Representing the distribution sector at European and global level.
   - Promoting free and fair trade in an open marketplace.

Your company can contribute to and benefit from EFDA’s strength by joining one of our national associations in Britain & Irland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. Distributors from other countries can now directly join EFDA through MEFDA – ‘More EFDA’.

Meet us at the Stuttgart Fastener Fair and come to our stand. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

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NEWS. European Fastener Distributor Conference 2015 in Berlin.

13 February 2015

EFDA will hold its triennial European Fastener Distributor Conference on 15 and16 April 2015 in Berlin. The conference is the central event for EFDA members to discuss major issues and developments regarding the fastener business and global trade developments in general. It is a good platform to make new and further develop existing contacts with representatives of leading fastener distributors from several European countries.

We are expecting guest speakers from our European, American and Asian partner organizations as well as a representative of the European Commission and a Brussels-based lawyer with reports on international trade issues.

The conference will be held together with the annual EFDA Assembly of Delegates meeting. EFDA’s German member association FDS will have its annual meeting the day after the conference.

Venue is the Grand Hyatt Berlin. The hotel is located in the Potsdamer Platz area near the Brandenburg Gate, right on the spot where the Berlin wall divided the city until 25 years ago, passing through of a vast and void territory in the city’s heart. Today the area is a vivid part of central Berlin frequented by many tourists and people working or living there. Is is an excellent place to come together for our European conference.

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NEWS. Expiry Review R591 on carbon fasteners from China.

9 January 2015

Today EFDA submitted its reply to the final disclosure by the European Commission regarding Expiry Review R591 on the import of certain iron and steel fasteners from the People’s Republic of China. In its submission, the umbrella organization for European fastener distributors made clear that it does not object in principle to fair and appropriate trade defence measures on fasteners originating from the People’s Republic of China. European fastener importers and distributors maintain, however, that the duty levels applied by the Council by means of Regulation (EC) No 91/2009 were not appropriate to achieve this objective.

The European Commission had submitted to EFDA the final disclosure of the expiry review of anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in the PR China (R 591) on 15 December 2014. The Commission's proposal is to maintain the anti-dumping duties. As an interested party, EFDA took the opportunity to respond to the General Disclosure Document. Two companies represented by EFDA participated in the European Commission’s investigation as Union importers. EFDA had already submitted a response to the Commission at the initiation of the procedure, on 7 February 2014.

Despite EFDA’s deep concern that the original decision to impose very high anti-dumping duties has so far proven dysfunctional and that it would be perpetuated if the measures were maintained, European fastener distributors remain to be totally committed to a stronger engagement with the European Commission and will continue to seek equitable solutions to these issues.

EFDA submission (PDF)

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