The EPLF European Producers of Laminate Flooring Association, established in 1994, and the MMFA Multilayer Modular Floorings Association, established in 2012, were created as international platforms for the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding their products and markets: promoting their commercial and technical interests, securing transparency especially about the qualities of their products for consumers as well as for distribution and trades, last but not least defending their members against unfair competition on national, continental and global markets.
Due to some personal union it happened that the same management took care of the ongoing business of both associations. This made administrative work and related research projects for both associations cost efficient, and the executive boards of both associations are convinced that it should be kept in the same way in the future, even after the retirement of our present managing director.
The objectives of both associations; MMFA and EPLF, are set by their General Assemblies, and are executed by their Executive Boards, the Working Groups, and the Management Office/Secretariat.
Internally EPLF and MMFA act as information hubs for producers and suppliers of the sector, developing and caring for business contacts among the members, performing the company-independent representation of the sector interests, and offering to be points of contact for international institutions, organizations and associations.
Externally the MMFA and EPLF promote the images of their independent and partly competing products, prepare information for users and dealers, motivating innovation and leadership, and finally contributing to the transparency of the market by means of active involvement in the development of industrial standards.The EPLF has 18 ordinary members (producers of flooring), representing a global market share of close to 50%, which is equal to 80% of the European manufacturing volume, plus associate and supporting members (30 suppliers to the sector and research institutions). The MMFA consists of 25 ordinary plus 28 associate and supporting members, the number is steadily growing.
We are looking for our new Managing Director as successor of our present head of operations, who will leave us due to reaching the retirement age.
In the past the necessary services were supplied free-lance by the owner of a specialized consulting company and his staff. This or similar would be perfect for the future too, other solutions could be imagined. Preferably the future secretariat should be based in Brussels, an office is available already.
The diversified range of tasks and obligations needs besides a sound professional education for an easy understanding of commercial and technical facts, a good command of the English and possibly German languages (additionally French as a third language could be beneficial), networking skills, diplomatic and organizational talent, swift insights into social and communicative mechanisms between the representatives of our member companies, who are usually strong characters from executive or entrepreneurial levels.
Our MD represents both associations in the management board of EuFCA European Floor Covering Association (EPLF and MMFA together with ECRA/carpets & rugs and ERFMI/resilient floorings).
Timeline for the transition: Our future managing director should be attending our 2019 general assemblies as a guest, a soft transition period thereafter, starting with the full responsibility from July 1st, 2019 onwards or later matter of individual agreement.
EPLF – Verband der Europäischen Laminatbodenhersteller e.V.
MMFA – Verband der mehrschichtig modularen Fußbodenbeläge e.V.