Words from the EDA President: Setting our sights on 2019Published 27/12, 2018 at 09:20
The intense 2018 is coming to an end and we must already think about what 2019 will bring us.
During the next year, the annual convention of the European Demolition Association is going to be totally different from previous years as it will consist of a study tour around Japan, a strategic country for the industry due to its know-how. The reason to celebrate our annual meeting in this format is to study thoroughly the state of the art Japanese demolition industry, and create professional ties with Japanese public institutions and associations.
In fact, this is not the first time the association has been in contact with Japanese demolition companies and their suppliers. In 1988, a symposium, EDA-RILEM, was held in Tokyo with a large EDA delegation going to Japan in order to better get to know the demolition industry, technology, equipment and way of working there. The trip was a success, with the European attendees becoming aware that the country was a place full of interesting companies and workplaces to visit. We were also able to notice clearly that there much we could learn from our Japanese colleagues, and how they innovate every day in their demolition and recycling activities.
We are next year organizing an intensive trip throughout several places in Japan to visit local manufacturers, see their factories, as well as their demolition, decommissioning and recycling work at first hand. Several hosts in different places have agreed to open their doors so we can get a close up look at their ways of working.
We hope the trip will be interesting and advantageous not only for EDA members, but also for the Japanese companies that will welcome us. This will enables us to progress together in continuous goodwill in order to improve our industry, and to continue the encouraging cooperation between all involved, ensuring the constancy of effort, both in 2019 and in the years to come.
The EDA was founded in 1978 and is the leading platform for national demolition associations, demolition contractors and suppliers. The EDA has a strong focus on developments in Europe, which are of interest to the demolition industry.