Euroforge, the umbrella organization of the European national associations for the forging industry, has had a checkered history. Given changing market conditions, negotiations between the various national forging associations eventually led to the founding of the “New” Euroforge in Paris on Nov. 10, 2000.
In the 1990s, the automotive industry and its suppliers changed. What had been national markets served by national industries became European and global markets. This especially affected the manufacturing sites as well as the purchasing markets of the automotive industry, which accounted for 60% of demand for European-made forgings – by far the most important customer of Europe’s forges. Thus, the national forging trade associations were increasingly confronted with the cross-border problems of their member companies. As a result, important member companies belonging to their national forging associations (in particular those of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden) pushed for the establishment of an influential and efficient pan-European platform.
Starting in late 1998, the cornerstones of a contract began to be developed. These were to become the basis for Euroforge’s founding meeting in Paris in November 2000. The group’s main objectives were not only to retain members in the Euroforge member associations, but also to gain new members by providing an attractive organizational service platform. In close cooperation with each other, each Euroforge member association has taken responsibility for a particular Euroforge service. The central Euroforge organization has a president, two vice presidents and a general secretary as chairman of the board and is characterized by having a decentralized organizational structure. Euroforge’s General Assembly meets once a year, while the working body of the CEOs of the national member associations, the Board Committee and important working groups all meet regularly twice a year. Only national trade associations can be members, but exceptions can be made where countries have no such association. The tasks of Euroforge are carried out by staff or members of the member associations on an honorary basis.
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