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.


ETIRA and industry meet in Prague

May 26, 2022

ETIRA held its 2022 annual meeting during ‘The Recycler Live Europe’ conference in Prague on 19th – 20th May.

Approximately 100 delegates joined the conference which is fast becoming the number one event to meet fellow industry members and hear the latest industry data. After two and a half years meeting only online it was great to have everyone under one roof and to finally able meet business partners in person.

On Thursday, The Recycler Live conference kicked off with a panel answering questions regarding the industry’s future. Thereafter, ETIRA’s Vincent van Dijk briefed the floor on EU initiatives to promote sustainable products and showed how they will affect the imaging equipment industry. Lexmark’s Maxime Furkel spoke about an EU funded project to promote circularity in printing.  Javier Martinez, President of ETIRA (pictured below right), informed attendees about the new EU market surveillance rules that will promote sustainability and help to seize non-compliant clones at importation at the first point of EU entry. 

Event host and moderator, David Connett, then walked the audience through the major recent development for our industry. Last March, the EU decided to reject the so-called Voluntary Agreement offered by printer manufacturers. Instead, they will regulate the imaging equipment industry. In the next years, the EU will draft a set of compulsory eco-design criteria that all market players will have to comply with, similar to EU rules already in place for other electronic/electrical products.

There was great networking at the Reception and Dinner, during which The Recycler presented the winners of the The Recycler’s Annual Awards.

On Friday, GM Technology’s Zoltan Matyas shared best practices of CRM, and Keypoint Intelligence’s Deborah Hawkins highlighted the future of office and home working environments following the covid-19 pandemic and other developments.

Jan de Kesel of ISN partners showed how connectivity solutions can help our industry, and David Connett and Vincent van Dijk wrapped up with a presentation of the new ETIRA sticker. Available to its cartridge remanufacturing members, already half a million stickers have hit the market, and 3 online videos and several multi-language flyers explaining the sticker’s properties and benefits are now being widely distributed to raise its worldwide profile.

At the ETIRA ‘Member’s Only’ general meeting on Thursday, members approved ETIRA’s 2021 finances and 2022 budget. They assessed ETIRA’s activities and welcomed the ETIRA Certification Label programme. The group expressed support for the enhanced communications and outreach roll-out in traditional and social media.

The Board of Directors will further elaborate ETIRA’s positioning in the upcoming EU industry regulation: as key stakeholder, we aim to present a single voice to ensure the regulation will meet our key demands: compulsory ambitious and growing cartridge reuse targets, no anti-reuse tools (like clever chips, firmware updates, etc) or other strategies that prevent a third party from reusing a cartridge, and decisive action against the tsunami of cheap and polluting single-use non-OEM cartridges imported from SE Asia.  Members also saluted the companies that recently joined ETIRA: Microteam, Demsky Recycling, and Tintec.       

ETIRA kindly thanks organisers Stefanie Unland and David Connett from The Recycler magazine, and the sponsors for making this event possible. The main sponsor was ETIRA member Biuromax, awards sponsor was Speed Infotech, the drinks reception sponsor was ETIRA member GM Technology and table sponsors were Denner, Static Control and Tech (eco).


International conference to examine future of office printer industry

May 11, 2022

International experts from the office printer market will gather at a prestigious event next week to explore where the industry will be in one, two and five years.

The Recycler Live, run in partnership with the European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA), will take place at the Holiday Inn, Prague Convention Centre, on May 19 and 20.



June 2018: ETIRA AGM / THE RECYCLER LIVE event in Budapest !!!

March 26, 2019

Learning the latest industry news and networking over drinks and dinner!

90+ delegates attend  – ETIRA elects new Board of Directors – David Connett becomes President – ETIRA thanks outgoing President Christian Wernhart 

On the 21-22 June 2018, ETIRA met in Budapest, Hungary for its annual member meeting, and for The Recycler Live Conference. The event was a top opportunity for networking and learning, held this year at the beautiful Corinthia hotel. With 90+ delegates, and organised by The Recycler magazine, The Recycler Live Conference is the 2nd largest industry event in Europe after remanexpo@paperworld.

On Thursday, ETIRA held its internal Board meeting and annual statutory meeting. The association approved its 2017 financial statements and reset its 2018 budget. Members evaluated the 2017/2018 activities and the work done by ETIRA in the past 12 months, They also assessed the priorities for 2018.

Guenin - kopie

David Connett (r.) also thanked outgoing Treasurer Philippe Guenin (LVL) for his years of service to oversee the association’s finances. Board Member Gerwald van der Gijp (Armor) will succeed Philippe in this role.

Wernhart - kopie

Incoming President David Connett (l.) says thank you and farewell to Christian Wernhart  (Embatex) after 12 successful years at the helm of the European cartridge remanufacturing trade association.

Friday saw an impressive group of speakers addressing the floor on many topics facing remanufacturers today. Industry magazine The Recycler will report extensively on the many presentations. And the Thursday Cocktail and Dinner were great for informal networking and new business opportunities!

ETIRA elects new Board of Directors

On Thursday, ETIRA elected a new Board of Directors for the mandate 2018-2020. President Christian Wernhart (Embatex) stepped down after 12 years at the head of the association but will continue as a regular Board member.  David Connett, founding Member of ETIRA and long-time Vice-President, succeeded Wernhart as President. Also stepping down were Stephanie Unland (The Recycler) and Treasurer Philippe GUENIN (LVL).  ETIRA thanked all three for their support throughout the many years! Reappointed members of the Board include ARMOR’s Gerwald van der Gijp (elected as new Treasurer), Jörgen Wonisch (Greenman), Jan-Michael Sieg (KMP)  and Javier Martinez (Consuprint).

Former editor of The Recycler David Connett will take up the role of President at a crucial juncture. Due to the tough market environment and changes among the membership, the association is facing new challenges. Connett is keen to address those head-on: for ETIRA, member interests come first. Also, a larger focus on conveying the reman message to the outside world will bring new boosts for the industry as a whole.

ETIRA thanks organisers The Recycler magazine and the sponsors for a very successful 2-day event in Budapest!

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