She brought the super tanker back into the right direction

Published 27/6 at 16:23

Firstly, may I introduce myself to you, for those who do not know me yet: my name is Michael Findeis, I am 49 years old, and a contractor with my company based in Nuremberg, Germany.

The company was founded by my father in 1974, and I have worked in the concrete sawing and drilling industry almost my whole life, entering the family business in 1998 as an operations manager. Since 2008 I have been chief executive officer, and now work with the third generation of the family within the company. I am chairman for one of the IACDS German regions, a member of the wage and salary committee for seven years, and the German delegate to the IACDS for past three years. 

Since Sunday, 14 April 2019, I have also been the president of the IACDS. Following Julie White as president means trying to step into her footprints, which are high heeled, and despite this, they are even bigger than a grizzly bear!! I really have to say: ‘Thank you Julie for four wonderful years in which you brought the super tanker back into the right direction.’

The bauma 2019 exhibition is now history, and having spent several days at the show I must say that this amazing event was a great success for the manufacturers and the contractors who came there from all over the world. It was a great pleasure to speak to many of them, and see them at the Diamond Award ceremony. This year, it was the first time that we had so many extraordinary jobs submitted, that it was a real hard decision to find the one winner. For me they were all winners, and I thank you all for having taken part in this event.

The concrete sawing and drilling industry is a very small and unique industry with many companies that have been in the market for many, many years, and I can truly say that it is a pleasure for me to work in this industry getting to know so many amazing people. We should consider ourselves kind of competitors within a family and group of friends instead of enemies; this being the experience I have gained through the years of attending international trade shows and conventions. We can learn so much from each other, moving the industry and standards of our work forward. We should always bare this in mind, and aim for this both nationally and internationally.

That is in my opinion the great benefit of being a member of an international association like the IACDS. We try to bring people together, to offer them a neutral platform to share knowledge and help each other to become better at what we do, and in so doing improve our industry. The better we all become, the more awareness we achieve in the market as constructive members of the construction and deconstruction industries. The business world is becoming truly global and it won’t stop at our industry’s door. On the contrary, we will be played against each other if we don’t pull together. This is a reason for knowing your competitors, making it harder for our customers to play us off against each other.

Since Julie took over four years ago, the work at the IACDS has become more dynamic, and now that we have ‘more life’ in the IACDS, we will try to engage more national associations to become members and share their knowledge with our other members. We will start the process to make the ÖNORM B 2253 a European standard; this would be a great step forward in establishing an international standard for our industry.

The situation however that has seen one of the big players of the European Union probably exiting the community must in my opinion, be said to be sending the wrong signal to the world. One is always stronger when we are together than when are alone, even if we do not always agree in every discussion. Let’s be strong together, and work for a better sawing and drilling industry worldwide.

I would like to thank all members of the IACDS for the trust they have shown me in making me president of this great organisation.

Michael Findeis, President of IACDS 

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