ETIRA and industry meet in Barcelona

June 19, 2023

100-delegate The Recycler Live conference in partnership with ETIRA, celebrated 30 years of The Recycler, 20 years of ETIRA, and 100 years of Armor at 2-day info and networking session in sunny Barcelona.

On 15-16 June, ETIRA held its 2023 annual and anniversary meeting in Barcelona in the context of the “The Recycler Live Europe” conference. With approx. 100 delegates it was again the #1 event to meet fellow industry members, and hear the latest industry data. 

On Thursday, the event kicked off with an exciting adress on the market challenges by Armor’s Gerwald van der Gijp. The EBP Denner Group spoke about their joint work, and Biuromax about the benefits of remanufacturing. Jan de Kesel addressed consumable delivery planning, and via video the European NGO Right to Repair showed their Brussels’ lobbying activities for this key right. Keypoint Intelligence provided useful recent market insights, and ETIRA’s President Javier Martinez highlighted the positive effects for our industry of the EU’s Green Deal.

At the ETIRA members’ only meeting, the trade body dealt with the compulsory finance and other statutory matters, re-appointed the current Board for a new 2-year period, addressed the ETIRA sticker’s marketing programme, and approved the updated Annual Report. But members also discussed the week’s shocking news of the US import ban imposed on Ninestar and several of its affiliates. President Javier Martinez briefed the floor about our work on the upcoming industry EU ecodesign regulation. 

The Reception and Dinner, during which The Recycler presented the winners of the industry’s Annual Awards, was extra festive as the group celebrated the three anniversaries and paid tribute to all persons that had contributed to reaching these milestones.

On Friday, GM Technology’s Zoltan Matyas showed how to really connect with your customer, and Delacamp walked delegates through the latest developments in OEM OPC and toner technology. There was online participation from the regional government of the Balearic islands, who recently implemented Europe’s first ban on single-use cartridges there. Chip supplier Zhono spoke about challenges and offerings, and David Connett wrapped up with a critical view on greenwashing.

ETIRA kindly thanks organisers Stefanie Unland from The Recycler Magazine, David Connett from Connett & Unland GbR and the sponsors for making this event possible: ARMOR Print Solutions, GM Technology, Biuromax, EBP Denner Group and Zhono Microelectronics Co., Ltd.

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