CEIR calls for an ambitious EU industrial strategy

CEIR co-signed a joint declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy together with 91 other associations of the European manufacturing industry.

The European industry directly employs over 34 million people in supply chains comprising hundreds of thousands of SMEs and larger suppliers. An ambitious EU industrial strategy is necessary to remain a competitive global industrial power.

The 92 signatories call on the European Commission to reaffirm its commitment to reaching the target of 20% of GDP from industry. They also invite the Commission to propose an Action Plan to tackle the challenges that industrial sectors are facing as well as to implement it in a timely manner.

The European Water Label & CEIR will be exhibiting at ISH 2017!

    

ISH 2017: The motto of ‘Water. Energy. Life’ perfectly encapsulates trade fair themes

The ISH is the sector’s number one event and its significance as a leading world trade fair is now underlined by impressive figures already released. From 14 to 18 March 2017 the ISH will gain host over 2,400 exhibitors including all the principal market players from Germany and abroad. These leading tech companies come to the ISH to stage the world launch of their new product innovations. The ISH has, therefore, a leading role worldwide as the occasion per se when the sector comes together – in 2015 61 percent of the exhibitors and 39 percent of the visitors came from outside Germany.

The ISH 2017’s motto is ‘Water. Energy. Life’, a clear statement of where the focus lies for what is the world’s biggest demonstration of the combined potential of water and energy, themes which, ultimately, have always been the cornerstones of the ISH. Held every two years, this leading world trade fair offers a wide range of cutting edge, building technology solutions in response to the political and economic themes of the day.

The ‘Water’ section of the ISH focuses on sustainable sanitary solutions and innovative bathroom design. In 2017 it takes ‘bathrooms for people’ as its main theme and includes many different aspects such as design, health, wellness, convenience, but also the protection of resources and drinking water hygiene. Exhibitors in this field will present sustainable and design-led bathroom solutions that feature not only the latest developments in design, but also modern sustainable technology tailored to today’s needs.

Information on all aspects of the ISH can be found at: www.ish.messefrankfurt.com.

ISH 2017: special Pop up my Bathroom exhibition shows eight trends for the individual bathroom

“What is typically individual?” and “What types of individual bathrooms are there?” – those are the questions the Pop up my Bathroom trend forum will be asking at the ISH 2017.

Initiated by the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. [VDS]) on behalf of Messe Frankfurt, the trend platform will be exploring the “Individual Bathroom” and presenting the current trends at the world’s leading trade fair for the combination of water and energy in Frankfurt am Main from 14 to 18 March 2017. No fewer than eight answers will be showing where things are heading. That’s because the bathroom will look completely different depending on which trend most influences the user and what his priorities are. So what exactly are those trends and what options for customisation are already available to consumers, or will be in the near future? Pop up my Bathroom explores the entire spectrum in the form of eight 3D collages – in photographs and “in the flesh” at the ISH 2017.

A bathroom that fits like a glove The fact is that the desire for originality and self-fulfilment is growing stronger all the time. When we talk about an individual bathroom today, we don’t mean extravagant fittings and furnishings or exceptionally original ideas, but rather a bathroom whose look and functions have been tailored entirely to its user and the architectural circumstances. The trend forum Pop up my Bathroom creates unusual models to demonstrate the many and varied aspects of individual bathroom design and presents them in a special exhibition at the ISH 2017 in Frankfurt. “The bathroom is increasingly becoming a space that people enjoy spending time in and can identify with,” says Jens J. Wischmann, Managing Director of the VDS, of the trend towards individualism and consumers’ growing appreciation of an attractively furnished bathroom.

The bathroom as a place to enjoy It doesn’t matter whether the consumer prefers a bathroom with a seamless, homogeneous look or a stylish arrangement mixed with vintage elements: thanks to the wealth of variants and extremely complex product ranges on the market, almost any brand-name manufacturer’s collection contains a solution for any type of setting. Once and for all, selecting products has become a question of taste, because many ranges permit customisation down to the smallest detail. In the shower, for instance, jets and outlets can be positioned individually; sandblasting technology allows personalised patterns to be “painted” on the shower, and emblems can be incorporated into mirrors, glass or tiles. The big lifestyle brands are already offering “colour on demand” for their bathtubs and vanities, and in some cases the customer can even design the outer shape of the tub himself. Nowadays even ceramic vanity tops can be custom-sized without putting a strain on either the consumer’s wallet or the manufacturer’s production processes.

Custom-sized bathroom furniture and plenty of colour for more individuality For customers in search of made-to-measure solutions – perhaps for cabinets built into alcoves, room dividers, benches, or shelves that cover the entire wall – leading bathroom furniture manufacturers offer custom-sized components or even entire segments especially for individually adaptable furniture systems. A particularly wide choice of colours is available for finishes, which can be selected in virtually any variation you can think of. In some cases they can even be replaced with something different if customers decide they don’t like their cabinet fronts after a few years. In line with general furnishing trends, varnishes, lacquers and coatings are available in everything from high gloss to ultra matt (fingerprint-proof, naturally), all the way to knotted grains for the wood designs. And nowadays tiles don’t just come in all kinds of wood effects, textures and used looks, but in various formats and motifs for laying all sorts of patterns too – from ship’s deck to herringbone to linear mosaic.

Cutting-edge technology in the bathroom for individual needs But customising certain elements of the furnishings isn’t the only way for individualism to manifest itself in the bathroom. Personalisation can take place behind the scenes as well: in the bits and bytes that regulate the individual settings for fittings, lighting and sound systems. Individualisation represents the complete reversal of a concept that, in the early days of modernism, was regarded as the ultimate in progress and prestige: standardisation. This presents manufacturers and designers of sophisticated bathroom products and bathrooms with various challenges. Run-of-the-mill goods and stereotyped thinking have to be replaced with intelligent products, customising systems and continuing training for staff so that they can tailor the advice they give to the individual customer. But new concepts are needed too: concepts that integrate our digital way of life, liberate the bathroom from its tightly laced corset and open it up to the possibilities of individual design. In the long-term, this will also result in shorter lifecycles for bathroom furnishings and equipment.

Eight trends for an individual bathroom “The theme of individualism in the bathroom is the overarching connection between eight different trends that we believe will be very influential – at international level as well,” says Jens J. Wischmann, Managing Director of the VDS. “On the one hand there are megatrends like digitalisation, demographic developments or ecologically motivated behaviour, which are having a lasting impact on the way bathrooms are used and designed. On the other hand, we’ve been able to identify various trends at product level too; first and foremost, they support the very strong development we’re seeing towards interpreting the bathroom as cosy living space. The bathroom is becoming a lot more fashionable, for instance.” Besides being visualised in lavish photos, the trends will also be staged in a one-to-one presentation as part of the trend forum at the ISH 2017, which will be located in the conference room Europa. Visitors will thus be able to gain an overview of the most important developments taking place in the bathroom right now. In addition, the trend forum will also be hosting an informative lecture programme again. Renowned speakers from industry and research will be presenting interesting concepts on the theme of individualism and providing background information on this fascinating topic. Panel discussions with prominent representatives of the industry will put the finishing touches to the wide-ranging forum. For further information on the ISH go to: www.ish.messefrankfurt.com.

Pop up my Bathroom trend forum at the ISH 2017 The Pop up my Bathroom trend platform has been monitoring developments in bathroom design since 2009. Using a sometimes highly experimental approach, the Pop up my Bathroom installations, photo productions and blog posts examine the impact that social developments, current design trends and technological innovations are having on the world of the bathroom. The resulting images depict the solutions available from the sanitary industry in direct context with the featured trends. As a result, the abstract idea and the concrete product suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage: bathtub meets fashion, shower enclosure meets LED lighting, shower toilet meets remote control. Published every two years on the occasion of the leading international trade show for the sanitary industry, the ISH in Frankfurt, the study sums up the trends influencing the bathroom and is aimed at trade professionals and consumers alike. At the same time, Pop up my Bathroom is intended not so much as product advertising but as a way of showing the directions bathroom culture might take in future. Pop up my Bathroom was established by Messe Frankfurt, the organiser behind the world’s leading trade fair for the combination of water and energy, and the German Sanitary Industry Association (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. [VDS]).

CEIR Congress 2017

The CEIR annual event will take place on 8 & 9 June 2017, in Brussels (Belgium).

Please mark your agenda !

European Water Label expands into Estonia

Dreesis OÜ, the Estonian company based in Tallin, which has been marketing mixer taps and showers under its Blue Star brand for over twenty years has joined the ever-expanding European Water Label Scheme.

“We are very pleased and proud to welcome the Blue Star brand to the labelling scheme,” delights Yvonne Orgill, Managing Director of Keele-based EWL. “This is our first member from the Republic of Estonia and it is particularly welcome since the scheme is now represented in 34 countries with over 12,500 products being listed on the database to date. There is no doubt that our entirely voluntary labelling scheme for bathroom and kitchen products has hit the right note and is proving to be a valuable tool for our industry.”

Dreesis OÜ has been working with different suppliers in Estonian sanitary market since 1995.The company has annual sales of around 15,000 faucets and showers in Estonia, taking a market share of about 8%. Its products are described as “high quality items featuring the best components available components with Kerox ceramic cartridges and water saving Neoperl aerators.”

Meelis Saal, CEO of Dreesis OÜ said “we feel that our customers more and more value water saving while buying faucets and as our products already feature higher than usual standards we’d like to highlight them accordingly.”

Dreesis OÜ will be marketing Blue Star in the five EU markets of Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, and Lithuania.

About the European Water Label

The European Water Label Scheme, gives both the consumer and the industry professional alike, all the necessary water usage characteristics of bathroom and kitchen products. The water consumption for each product can be seen at a glance and the information provided can be used to aid the choice of bathroom and kitchen components. Its database of premium bathroom and kitchen branded products has grown to such a size that it has become the most dominant product labelling scheme of its type.

The scheme is entirely voluntary and can react quickly to adapt to changes both in the market place and in bathroom technology. And to give it greater strength and sustainability it is now partnered by eight National Trade Associations across Europe.

Maintaining integrity has always been a key feature of the labelling scheme and its annual audit of products listed in the online database proceeds as usual in 2016. A selection of products are independently tested by four European test laboratories. Checks are also made to ensure published marketing material and websites were using the label correctly, and obsolete products were regularly cleared from the listings.

The Scheme is an undeniable success, is recognised by Government, is low cost, maintains choice, and does exactly what it is designed to do -  inform and educate.

www.europeanwaterlabel.eu

CEIR Congress 2016

Despite demonstrations, strikes and bad weather in France, over 80 participants from EU Member States, Turkey, Russia and the United States met in Lyon for the CEIR Congress from 18 to 20 May 2016. The programme was very attractive: it included company visits, conferences on the current challenges our industry sector faces, and also discussions on the future of CEIR.

The Congress highlighted the key role of CEIR as the voice of European taps and valve manufacturers in defending their interests vis-à-vis the European institutions. Opening this Congress, CETIM presented the ongoing revolution and new technologies the industry, and in particular the taps and valves industry, is currently facing. The Congress was also a great opportunity for exchanging views on issues which influence the taps and valves business. We welcomed guest speakers from different backgrounds:

-        A representative of the European Commission (DG Growth) explained activities on market surveillance

-        Representatives from the French and Norwegian public authorities shared their views on the issue of materials in contact with drinking water

-        The Industrial Purchasing Manager of Solvay reported on latest trends in valve purchasing

-        Additional guest speakers shared views on the economic situation of the building sector and also the oil and gas market to complete the picture.

CEIR members presented the activities of the association on numerous topics. Focus sessions were dedicated to the water label, Machinery Directive, materials in contact with drinking water and Building Information Modelling (BIM). The CEIR dedicated working group (BIM WG) will focus not only on buildings but will also progressively extend its activities to the industrial valve sector.

Finally, the Congress offered networking opportunities at the gala dinner and social events.

The eleventh edition of the CEIR Gazette is now available!

The present edition includes latest developments on the European Water Label, Circular Economy and chromium trioxide. In addition, the Gazette reports on CEIR activities, notably a joint statement on BIM and ongoing discussion on the application of the Machinery Directive to valves. It also includes articles on counterfeiting, the quality of faucets and the Valve industry Forum & Expo 2016. Last, but not least, our American sister associations reported PMI and VMA activities. Click here to read the gazette.

CEIR released a statement on Building Information Modeling

CEIR – the European Association for the Taps and Valves Industry – issued a joint statement together with FECS – the European Sanitaryware Producers Federation.

European taps and valves manufacturers believe that there is a growing need for more sustainability in both the construction of new buildings and refurbishment projects. However, manufacturers are facing a lack of cohesive tools to achieve this objective.

Building Information Modeling will in our view contribute to improving sustainability in the construction sector. Indeed, BIM integrates all the information related to a construction project throughout its entire life cycle: from its design phase to its management years after the construction. Such a tool will reposition the construction industry from an opaque environment to a more collaborative framework.

We firmly believe that building components manufacturers, such as taps and valves manufacturers, must play a pivotal role in the development of a harmonised BIM system. Product information is a key aspect: there is a need for a common template across Europe stating which information a BIM object needs to provide. It is of the utmost necessity that the development of such a harmonised product data template should be driven by the industry.

Finally, this joint statement highlights that the liability issue is of key importance for manufacturers: they must ensure that BIM information is accurate since wrong information may impact all aspects of the building project.

The Guardian shortlists the European Water Label

The European Water Label, the voluntary labelling scheme for water-consuming products in the bathroom and kitchen, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Awards. The Guardian’s annual awards cover the social and environmental impacts of business.

“It may be needless to say it, but I am going to anyway!  We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2016 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards,” says Yvonne Orgill, Managing Director of the Water Label Company. “The European Water Labelling Scheme continues to grow, as its reputation grows. It is penetrating deeper into Europe and has now encompassed a total of 11, 462 products from 100 brands in 34 countries. Spain, Italy and Turkey are working towards full adoption of the Scheme with their own Agents and details of the scheme are available in the German, Spanish and Turkish languages. We started the scheme from nothing and look where it is now! We are thrilled to bits to have been chosen by The Guardian newspaper for this year’s new Water category.”

This year saw a record number of entries across the thirteen categories of the awards and the European Water Label made it, with three other shortlisters, to the Water category. The award in this category will recognise an organisation that can demonstrate its commitment to water sustainability through projects, technologies, designs or policies that improve water availability, access or quality. www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gsb-awards

A panel of 29 judges, who are individuals who challenge, support and inspire business to be more sustainable will now scrutinise the entries to pick the winner in each category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 26 May, 2016.

More about the European Water Labelling Scheme

The European Water Label Scheme, gives both the consumer and the industry professional alike, all the necessary water usage characteristics of bathroom and kitchen products. The water consumption for each product can be seen at a glance and the information provided can be used to aid the choice of bathroom and kitchen components. Its database of premium bathroom and kitchen branded products has grown to such a size that it has become the most dominant product labelling scheme of its type.

The scheme is entirely voluntary and can react quickly to adapt to changes both in the market place and in bathroom technology. And to give it greater strength and sustainability it is now partnered by eight National Trade Associations across Europe.

Maintaining integrity has always been a key feature of the labelling scheme and its annual audit of products listed in the online database proceeded as usual in 2015. A selection of 275 products were independently tested by four European test laboratories. Checks were also made to ensure published marketing material and websites were using the label correctly, and obsolete products were regularly cleared from the listings.

The Scheme is an undeniable success, is recognised by Government, is low cost, maintains choice, and does exactly what it is designed to do - inform and educate.

www.europeanwaterlabel.eu

CEIR annual meeting 2016: the European Congress of the taps & valves industry 18-20 May 2016, Lyon (France)

Profluid, the French member of CEIR, is pleased to be hosting the CEIR Congress on 18-20 May 2016. It will take place in Lyon (France), which is easy to reach from all over Europe and a wonderful city to explore.

The programme will suit all needs of delegates of the taps and valves industry:

- Visits to industrial sites or laboratories, namely Renault Trucks or Carso laboratory
- Speakers on the economic situation of the taps and valves industry and the customer market
- Discussion on market surveillance and ongoing EU initiatives on conformity assessment
- Testimonies on the ongoing revolution and new technologies our industry is currently facing
- Follow-up of the numerous topics covered by our association for all valve sectors, including the water label, legislation impacting material in contact with drinking water, and Building Information Modelling.

This European Congress will be a great opportunity for exchanging views on issues which influence the taps and valves business. In addition, this event offers networking opportunities alongside the Congress sessions, the gala dinner and social events.

In parallel to the delegate programme, a partner programme has been designed to explore the oldest part of Lyon and its traditional artwork.

The Congress programme, practical information and the registration form are available on the CEIR Congress website:http://ceir.profluid.org/.

CEIR and the European Water Label @ ISH 2015!

The European Water Label will be exibiting on the CEIR booth at ISH 2015 from 10 to 14 March in Frankfurt, the world’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies.


CEIR and FECS (Ceramic Sanitaryware) supports the growing European Water Label which now counts over 73 listed brands and which is established in 32 nations across Europe and beyond. Major bathroom and kitchen manufacturers, builders merchants and bathroom retailers have joined the European Water Label scheme together with its accompanying on-line database of products. Its appearance at ISH will be a huge stimulus and many more brands are expected to sign up, there and then, at the event.


The European Water Label gives both the consumer and the industry professional alike, all the necessary water usage characteristics of almost 8000 products. Simply put, the water consumption for each product can be seen at a glance and the information provided can be used to aid the choice of bathroom and kitchen components.
The entirely voluntary European Water Label is an undeniable success which is low cost, maintains consumer choice, and does exactly what it is designed to do – inform and educate.


ISH is the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy and covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions. 200,000 visitors are expected, around one third coming from outside Europe.
Look for the CEIR/European Water Label booth in hall 4.1, stand FOY03


www.europeanwaterlabel.eu
www.ceir.eu

http://ish.messefrankfurt.com

ISH

CEIR Annual Meeting 2015

CEIR CONGRESS 2015

Have you booked your place?  Final few places remaining!  Don’t Miss Out – book now!

11 - 13 JUNE 2015

Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.

The BMA is pleased to be hosting this years’ CEIR Annual Congress (European Association for Domestic, Building and Industrial Valves) at the beautiful Rudding Park Hotel Spa and Golf Resort on the outskirts of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

It is important that the Industry provides full support for this event, as a united voice when lobbying government is crucial in influencing direction.

If you are interested in attending and/or taking up the opportunity of an exhibition stand please contact the BMA Secretariat as soon as possible.

The Congress programme has a full day of presentations including topical and informative speakers: 

  • An overview on the state of the European Construction Market by Christophe Sykes, Construction Products Europe
  • Identifying a solution for Europe’s plethora of material compliance issues by Tony Frost, Chair Industry Consortium for Products in Contact with Drinking Water
  • Facing the Challenges of Counterfeiting utilising the full force of legal resource by Kevin Harris, BEAMA Antic Counterfeiting WG
  • Building Information Modelling, the myths, opportunities and complexities by Peter Caplehorn, Chair BIM4Regs and ISO Committee for BIM
  • Water efficiency, consumers, and incentive programmes driving forward by Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director Waterwise UK
  • New Europe, New Structure, New Strategy what does this mean for European Business by Tom Sallis, CBI Brussels
  • Latest update from DG Environment on Ecodesign, energy label and the preparatory study for taps and showers by Ferenc Pekar, European Commission
  • Panel Discussion – Third Party Accreditation is it necessary?  3 manufacturers and 3 test house/accreditation centres explore, expel and address the myths behind seeking third party accreditation. 

¬  Day and Full Delegate rates  

¬  Gala dinner on Friday 12th June. 

¬  Exhibition stand opportunity with company logos displayed on all Congress literature and the Congress Blog.

http://ceircongress2015.blogspot.co.uk/

The BMA Secretariat looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this prestigious event.

Don’t Miss Out – book now!

CEIR President in video

Watch the video of President Schneider on the cooperation with Orgalime http://www.orgalime.org/news/orgalime-testimonial-klaus-schneider-european-association-taps-and-valves-industry-ceir

The election of the new CEIR Board took place on 25 May during the CEIR annual Assembly 2013

During the last CEIR congress in Gent (Belgium),
Klaus Schneider was elected as the new CEIR President succeeding Bulent
Haciraifoglu. Klaus Schneider is the Managing Director of Similor AG and
Keramik Laufen AG in Switzerland (belonging to the Roca Group). He is also a Board
member of the URS (Swiss Faucet Producers Association).

Check http://www.ceir.eu/press-releases

The European Water Label2013’ film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UywuARiwsBo

CPR POSITION PAPER RELEASED

INDUSTRIAL VALVES ARE NOT CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS IN PRINCIPLE

check the Position paper section, http://www.ceir.eu/en/position-papers 

RoHS Position paper released

CEIR Position regarding Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS 2)

check the Position paper section, http://www.ceir.eu/en/position-papers  

Water is Life magazine


Check the Water is Life magazine, ISH 2013 special edition
http://content.yudu.com/Library/A23447/WaterisLifeMarch2013/

One Water Label for taps, shower valves and shower heads moves a step closer

CEIR, the European Association for the Taps and Valves Industry, and its member trade associations from a number of European countries representing the tap, shower valves and handsets industry, together with major European manufacturers have completed the first phase in the development of a single voluntary Water Label for bathroom products across EU27.
CEIR brought together representatives from France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and the UK, who have worked over the last few months to adapt the successful UK Water Efficient Product Labelling Scheme into an acceptable voluntary and robust European Scheme. The Scheme will be applicable across the EU and bordering countries, making logistics for manufacturers selling across borders easier.
Following the goal to consolidate the plethora of existing labels into one scheme, CEIR and BMA, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association in the UK forged a partnership which has led to the introduction of the European Water Label.
The Scheme is a self-certified tool that will aid in informing the consumer on water consumption and help with market transformation for bathroom products.
The Water Label clearly shows the volume of water that the tap or shower head will consume per minute if installed correctly and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, and offers an actual performance band per product.
The Water Label sets out strict criteria that each registered product must apply, and manufacturers must declare compliance to national requirements where the product will be sold.
A European database, with unique country search facility, will be supported by a plethora of consumer information aimed at raising awareness and will be found at http://www.europeanwaterlabel.eu.  
Further enhancement and development of the Scheme will be introduced later this year and greater partnership across the European Bathroom Industry is sought.

Posted on: 22-05-2012

Two New Guides Endorsed by CEIR

The following guides are available for purchase from the CEIR Secretariat :
Valve Life Cycle Costs : a guide to LCC analysis for valve systems
Guidelines for application of SIL concepts to valve equipment
Click here for full details and order forms.