Brussels -- Europur is taking steps to deal with the issues caused by the resignation of two national federations from Poland and Germany, and the dissolution of the German association, the VWI.
The group, the European association of manufacturers of flexible foam blocks, is now reviewing its by-laws to enable direct membership for foam companies in all countries, to take effect in September 2012, as the Europur board told attendees at its recent General Assembly, 7-8 June, in Budapest, Hungary.
The association has created a four-member task force to discuss future Europur activities and agenda, with a former VWI member as one of the team. The task force will make proposals at the next Europur board meeting in November.
Europur stressed that the resignations of the two federations were not triggered solely by the EU investigation into price-fixing in the flexible foam sector. "Local circumstances have played at least an equally important role," a 22nd June Europur statement said.
Europur also commented that the body has taken measures to ensure full compliance with Competition Law. It has re-edited and reinforced its compliance policy, asked member associations to do the same and all of its meetings, as from 1 Jan 2012, have been attended and supervised by a lawyer specialising in compliance matters.
Also, Europur, while noting its respect for VWI's past work and contribution, said it does not feel that loss of the VWI will create a know-how loss at Europur level.
Europur says it has a number of very committed board members and its working groups on product stewardship, combustibility, impurities and REACH have no representative of VWI or of its member companies amongst the 49 active members.