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The European Federation of Elevator Small and Medium-sizes Enterprises (EFESME) organised on December 13th the launch of the SBS Lift Forum on standardisation. The event, moderated by Mr Adam Pinney from the European Builders Confederation, gathered experts, entrepreneurs and stakeholders within and outside the lift sector, interested in standardisation for SMEs.
After the welcoming addresses by Ms Christel Davidson, SBS Director, and Mr Marcel Boutillier, EFESME President, Ms Annalisa Tessarolo, LegalOfficer at the European Commission, DG GROW, Unit B3 (Standards for Growth) opened the first session with an overview of the European standardisation framework for SMEs. Ms Tessarolo highlighted the fundamental role of SMEs in the European economy, the importance for SMEs of participating in standardisation and the actions implemented by the European Commission to support SMEs in this process.
The second session focused on the latest standardisation measures affecting the lift sector. According to Mr Luciano Faletto, EFESME Secretary General and ISO expert, 2017 has brought significant changes in the standardisation framework for lifts following the implementation of the amended 2014/33/EU (Lifts Directive) and the new standards EN 81-20 and EN 81-50. These changes represent a challenge for SMEs that struggle to keep the pace with the big companies because of the lack of human and financial resources. Mr Faletto’s statements found a confirmation in the words of the following experts. The presentation by Mr Jean-Pierre Ménard, Manager of ASCEC, member of the French Association of Lift SMEs (ANPA) and CEN expert, clearly illustrated how the current situation inevitably widens the gap between SMEs and big companies. Mr Lorenzo Beltrán Aguirre, General Director of Beltrán Ascensores and President of the Spanish Federation of Lift SMEs (FEPYMA), closed the session by raising the attention on the delays suffered by lift installers and the insufficient competence of the notified bodies and the public authorities.
In the third and last session, Mr Ivan Ferrarini, co-owner of Farma Ascensori, board member of the Italian Association of construction and maintenance lift enterprises (ANACAM) and CEN and ETSI expert, presented his activities in ETSI Smart M2M in 2017. The Task Group, established thanks to the SBS sectoral approach, aims at applying the Internet of Things (IoT) to the lift sector by identifying and defining standard requirements for handling communication between a single lift and its related data management centre.
The speakers, whose presentations are available below, positively fostered the debate during the Q&A sessions that offered valuable input for more efficient, future actions.
EFESME and SBS thank all speakers and participants and invite all interested people to the 2018 edition.
Presentations in chronological order: