The Euro-Air Association has celebrated its 20th anniversary during its annual members meeting held on 21 September in Paris.
On this occasion, president LBG Looman recalled in the presence of 15 company representatives from five EU countries milestones of the association’s history and presented an outlook on upcoming challenges, such as EU legislative regulations on energy efficiency and CO2 emission reductions.
In 1995, leading air heater manufacturers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands joined together to form Euro-Air as a technical organisation. Its aim is the promotion and representation of the common interests of the European air heater industry in its dealings with all relevant authorities, particularly through appropriate cooperation with existing specialist organisations, official bodies and other offices in Europe and through collaboration in legal measures.
The responsibility of the Association is the joint economic and political development of its members through the collection and exploitation of scientific discoveries and practical experiences. To achieve these aims Euro-Air is networking with various technical and political institutions suchs as the European Commission, The European Committee for Standardisation, the International Organization for Standardization, the International Gas Union and MARCOGAZ Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry.
Because of Euro-Air’s extensive network, members have many benefits including active participation in national and European legislation and standardisation and access to first-hand information from the European Commission, CEN and other political organisations. Members will have the chance to contribute to elaborating position papers used as a basis for lobbying work in Brussels. Euro-Air enables quick and easy access to any relevant data and information. Members will also get important support for marketing and distribution in case of trade barriers within the European Community, as well as technical information about future gas quality – for example, biogas in the public grid and H-Gas harmonisation – based on the relevant mandates of the EC. Last but not least, important research activities are common financed.
Euro-Air quality label
One of milestones was the introduction in 2011 of the Euro-Air quality label, which stands for quality in the broadest sense of the word.
It stands, first of all, for quality of the product. The manufacturers of products with the Euro-Air quality label guarantee a constant quality of their products through intermediate inspections, final testing and a clear instruction and installation manuals with each heater. The basis of this quality lies with the suppliers, as Euro-Air manufacturers impose certain quality standards on their suppliers and demands products of a constant quality. Euro-Air requires that all products be designed according to the latest revision of European Standards Cen TC 180. This means that independent gas institutes carry out periodical inspections on whether heaters with CE approval still meet the requirements.
The quality of the company itself also plays an important role. As a condition of applying for the quality label, manufacturers must be ISO-9001 certified. This means that not only is supervision on the production process is guaranteed, but other aspects as correct delivery, fulfilling agreements, service, entrance supervision and all other aspects that bear upon the function of the company are scrutinised.
In short, the Euro-Air quality label assures the purchase not only of a quality product, but also that a quality company stands behind the product.
Euro-Ais is supported in the fulfilment of its responsibilities by the management of the Federal Association of Companies in the Gas and Water Industry in Cologne, Germany.