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Euparal changes name in Global Flooring Alliance (GFA)
trade associations

14 January 2010

Euparal changes name in Global Flooring Alliance (GFA)

After exactly twenty years of existence the members of the Euparal Association have decided to change the name of the Association.
From now on they will continue under the name of Global Flooring Alliance.
“After twenty years it’s good to reflect. Markets have changed but also the Association has changed within this period,” says Carlo Cavinato, who has taken over the Euparal presidency from Bjarne Pedersen in 2009 and will be de facto the first GFA president. Global Flooring Alliance will officially present itself at the Domotex Fair in Hannover (16 -19 January 2010).
In 1989 a group of four parquet importers and distributors founded the international organization Euparal. Trading in a ‘new’ European market with open boundaries they foresaw the need for exchanging information and assisting each other in coping with the changed market circumstances. Carlo Cavinato: “The name Euparal was chosen as an abbreviation of European Parquet Alliance. In 1989 organizations, companies, etc. were very Europe minded. Euparal was therefore a very good name which suited that period of time. But time has caught up with us. Nowadays our organization not only aims at the European market but has broadened its focus to all markets worldwide. With Global Flooring Alliance we want to make a statement we see ourselves as a global organization which welcomes new members from countries worldwide.” The aims of the association are to promote parquet in general and to exchange product, market and technical information in the broadest sense. The members also give each other mutual assistance in case of for example stock shortages and unusual requests or situations. “For twenty years now Euparal has proven to be a stable and solid association in the spectrum of parquet and wooden flooring organizations. That will not change with our new name Global Flooring Alliance,” says Cavinato. The future for the Global Flooring Association looks bright. Cavinato: “The markets and economy are in a downturn at the moment. But this brings new opportunities which can be taken. Membership of a solid organization like GFA is one of them. Several potential new members have already shown interest in joining. But there is still room for new members. Distributors who are interested in the organization may ask the secretariat for information.”
The Global Flooring Alliance (GFA) Membership consists of one distributor per country in order to prevent conflicting national interests. At this moment Euparal consists of eleven parquet importers and distributors who represent eleven different countries: Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain. At the moment the board is represented by Carlo Cavinato (President/Cavinato S.p.A., Italy), Matjaz Stefan (Treasurer/Alpod d.o.o., Slovenia), and Jos Krijnen (Secretary, The Netherlands). The next GFA meeting will be at the Domotex Fair in Hannover (Germany) January 18th 2010.