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David Connett to stand down as ETIRA president

David Connett is to stand down as President of the European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) at the end of June 2019 following the election of a new president at the upcoming ETIRA AGM.

David said: “It has been a pleasure to have had an active involvement with ETIRA since its inception in 2003 and a real privilege to serve as the association’s President for the past year. We have made excellent progress on our members’ behalf and much of this was consolidating and developing the excellent work of my predecessor, Christian Wernhart. ETIRA has been very active in influencing EU policy, particularly concerning the EU Voluntary agreement and inputting into the EU’s future green procurement policies. We have added new members and launched a campaign to promote reuse on social and trade media sites and will shortly release the first of three videos aimed at informing consumers about the “reduce, reuse and recycle issues.

“The cartridge remanufacturing sector is entering a new period of challenges, with changes in the market landscape, new EU government policies related to global environmental issues, and of course Brexit. The board has been active in the last year reviewing the association and how it works and increasing the participation on the board of members is essential to ensure that ETIRA draws expertise from across the membership. At the upcoming AGM, the board will propose a schedule that allows for more frequent rotation of board members by maximising their term of office two years and serving a maximum of four years in total. At the same time, the role of the President will rotate more frequently and will be for a period of one year. I fully support these changes and by standing down as President, will enable these changes to be agreed at the AGM and implemented right away. I will be happy to continue serving as a board member for the rest of my tenure that ends in June 2020.

“I am confident that the proposed changes will enable ETIRA and the next President to stake their claim in forming a significant part of an environmentally friendly future for the toner and inkjet remanufacturing industry in 2019 and beyond.” 



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