Increased cooperation necessary to improve economic conditions, Wiertz says
Representing member companies at the China-Japan Hygiene Entrepreneurs joint meeting, Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA, said: “As emphasized yesterday at the APEC summit by Chinese president Hu Jintao, the solution to the current global economic challenge lies in determined action from both emerging and developed countries, recommending more rigorous economic policy and continued innovation in developed markets on one hand, and more emphasis on growth of domestic consumption in emerging markets who have high savings on the other hand.”
EDANA believes that increased cooperation and trade are required to improve the global economic situation, not protectionism, and it is in this spirit that the board of EDANA has decided to further raise the international profie of EDANA and to talke initiatives to support the growth of nonwovens and related industries globally.
In 2011, EDANA has been present in international industry meetings such as the China-Japan Hygiene Entrepreneurs Joint Meeting, in all four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and is also expanding its offer of international confernces including Filtrex Asia next month and others for the next two years in Turkey, Russia and India.
As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, EDANA offers its support and experience to its colleagues from China and Japan, especially in “extended producer responsibility” or as the association defines it, “product stewardship,” which includes regulatory compliance product safety and environmental sustainability.
Wiertz concluded by stating that “Global harmonization in these areas of product stewardship, and especially in standards and test methods, will be some of the topics we propose for our continued cooperation.”