A new association was added to the 12 existing ones – Drevmash, the Russian association of woodworking machinery manufacturers. General Director of Drevmash is Mr. Vladimir Gorbenko, Mr. Alexander Vasilev is President. Although the companies currently represented are only 11 - the number will grow quickly since it is estimated that more than 300 companies are involved in the woodworking machinery industry in the country.
During his opening speech to the Assembly, President Franz-Josef Buetfering warmly thanked Past President Gianni Ghizzoni for his continuing helpful collaboration, particularly with organizers of shows supported by our organization. The 2009 calendar has been approved and will now be published both for the media and on the Eumabois website.
“We are also very happy to have launched “Made in Europe”- he said. We have now reached the point where we can introduce ourselves to the world as a European industry, while still maintaining the identity of each individual country. Our promotional campaign and its central theme, “Choose the original,” will be key to protecting the originators of technology and combating imitations in an effective manner”.
Much emphasis was given to the theme of technical development and strategies to help facilitate foreign trade: the new Eumabois nomenclature, available on the site in 11 languages, a complex and interminable work because terminology must be constantly updated with all the new terms we encounter in our research.
“Let’s not forget that we all work in an industry that relies on wood - a beautiful, clean, warm and living material. We have been fortunate, and we must take steps to ensure that future generations benefit from it as well. We must protect this natural resource.
Protecting our forestland is crucial because wood, forests and plants hold the answer countering the effects of world climate change. The most powerful way to lower CO2 levels is large-scale reforestation. Reforestation is one of the best ways to put a stop to the devastation of our planet’s “green lungs.”
The entire text of the speech is available on request, along with photographs of the event.