The new management committee, or presidency, of steel distribution trade association Eurometal has held its first meeting, the organisation’s director general Georges Kirps tells Kallanish. The association also continues to extend its geographic reach in Europe with the addition of a Slovenian company to the membership
Under new president Jens Lauber, ceo of Tata Steel Distribution, Mainland Europe, the presidency includes 12 executives from steel distributors across Europe. Ten countries are represented on the panel.
The core member base of Eurometal is constituted by 19 national federations representing steel distribution and steel service centres, Lauber said in his address to the meeting. The association represents more than half of all steel volumes channelled to European steel consumers. Around 90% of the companies in the [… European] steel distribution sector are typically small and medium-sized enterprises, he added.
Slovenian group Kovintrade, an international network of steel trade and distribution companies having subsidiaries and agencies in 13 European countries, has also recently joined the association.