ETIRA online AGM discusses public policies supporting reuse, and decides to enhance its PR outreach

March 11, 2021

On 4 March 2021, ETIRA held its 2020 annual meeting. Due to the Covid pandemic, we were unable to hold the meeting in 2020.

 The meeting kicked off with the statutory parts: the 2019 finances were approved, as was the 2021 budget. The general assembly also elected the 2021-2023 Board of Directors:  Javier Martinez from Turbon Products was re-appointed as ETIRA President. Also re-elected were Gerwald van der Gijp from ARMOR (Vice-President), Jan-Michael Sieg from KMP, David Connett from Connett & Unland, Volker Kappius from Delacamp, Peter Knak from IMEX Europe and Milan Banjac from TIN Factory. 

At the meeting, ETIRA members discussed the strategy of the association. The successful 2020 communication program will be continued in 2021. Members also heard a status update on the ETIRA remanufactured cartridge sticker: to allow distinction between our products and newbuilt non-OEM clones, ETIRA will develop a sticker that certifies that a cartridge carrying the sticker is a remanufactured OEM cartridge. Secretary Vincent van Dijk briefed attendees about the 2020 green public procurement criteria (GPP) for imaging equipment. Although not compulsory, the new criteria strongly recommend using remanufactured cartridges, and prohibit anti-reuse practices and tools. ETIRA members who want to sell cartridges to a public organization can use these criteria (available in all EU languages) to convince the customer to go for reuse instead of new. The meeting also heard the latest about  the EU Voluntary Agreement Imaging Equipment: following strong pressure from Member States and others, the OEM’s are now looking at including reuse targets in the VA scope.  

Expert Phil Sargeant of market intelligence firm IDC (UK) presented the latest industry market data.

Unfortunate the online format prevented the informal networking for which the ETIRA meetings are best-known. ETIRA hopes that we can organize a 2021 annual meeting again in the normal face-to-face format in September.



June 28, 2019


Interesting speakers and networking in a 2-day session

On 27-28 June 2019, ETIRA held its annual meeting in Brussels, in the context of the  “The Recycler Live Europe” conference. With over 90 delegates it was again the #1 event to meet fellow industry members and hear the latest industry data.  ETIRA  thanks organisers The Recycler and David Connett for a great event!


On Thursday, expert Zoltan Matyas spoke on Digital Marketing, and Keypoint Intelligence’s Andrew Carroll showed latest industry market data: they expect the toner B&W aftermarket share to grow somewhat, but clones remain a concern. Nubeprint addressed security in the internet, and Italian industry experts tackled blockchain options to trace the flow of cartridges. Drinks and dinner allowed for great networking. On Friday, UK remanufacturer ECS highlighted the concerns of single-use plastics. Chip supplier APEX elaborated on firmware updates issues.  And Lauren Rabbitte drew the crowds with her take on waste and how to avoid it. The rest of the morning was dedicated to EU issues: David Fitzsimons of the EU Remanufacturing Council showed how they can help lobby EU bodies to promote product reuse. Javier Martinez and Vincent van Dijk updated the floor on our EU lobby successes in Green Public Procurement, the Voluntary Agreement, and a possible EU Ecolabel for reman cartridges (PowerPoint available). After lunch, David Connett wrapped up the event with many interesting views on the overall market.

At the ETIRA “Member’s Only” general meeting on Thursday, members elected Javier Martinez (Turbon) as their new President. Also re-elected were Gerwald van der Gijp (Vice-President), Jan-Michael Sieg, and David Connett. Newly appointed Board members include Volker Kappius (Delacamp), Peter Knak (IMEX), and Milan Banjac (TIN Group). Christian Wernhart and Jörgen Wonisch stepped down from the Board, ETIRA thanks them for their service.  At the meeting, ETIRA members discussed the new strategy of the association. We will enhance our communications and outreach in traditional and social media, and set up working groups to address selected topics. The newly appointed Board of Directors will further elaborate its 2019-2020 work programme in the coming months.

ETIRA also welcomed several new members: REEQ (NL), Delacamp (Hamburg, D), WTA (Suhl, D) and Recoll (Etten-Leur, NL) and approved the 2018 finances and 2019 budget.


ETIRA kindly thanks the sponsors for making this event possible: ECS, APEX, SPEED, Nubeprint,  Armor, Biuromax and Lightwords

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