A new edition of MATELEC is just around the corner, a fair that was born in the same year as AFME and with which we have shared the evolution of our sector.
This edition is marked by the optimism that arises out of the good moment for both, our domestic and global economy, with the main economies enjoying interesting growths.
Specifically, our sector has seen how its sales on the domestic market grew by 9.8% in 2017, and this year has started by maintaining this positive trend. This environment gives us more strength when facing the multiple challenges that the sector has to deal with. Concepts such as digital transformation and the effect of electrification which would have trends such as implementing electronic vehicles, the use of energy in communications technology or the growing importance that the renewable energies are having and the impact they will have on our company activity in the next few years.
AFME is with its associates when facing these challenges. Our association, along with ADIME, the ELECTRONET E-COMMERCE Platform, manages the digitalisation of administrative services which in 2018 will connect with B2B CONECTA, allowing its users to exchange documents with companies that are not part of our platform, thus optimising efforts and reducing costs.
Likewise, in support of the digital transformation of our companies we are organising different activities. From an online marketing course to specific sections of the website of the association or the organisation of a informative session which will take place at IFEMA on 5th June entitled “The Digital Transformation and the the Electrical Equipment Sector”.
Digitalised information regarding products is also one of the projects that we are focusing on this year, especially with regards ETIM.
Exports, which we actively support from out external trade department, is still beating records and being an interesting option for diversifying the sales from our companies. As is customary, within the MATELEC context, we will organise reverse trade missions for foreigners that will visit the event.
Our activity concerning standardisation and legislation keeps helping our companies to maintain their teams and products at a high degree of quality, as well as knowing the state of the art of the security requirements for the low-voltage electrical installations.
The concern created over the growing presence of products that do not comply with legislation on the national market has led us to launch a specific support system for supervising the market called GASUM. Its first initiatives have been focused on controlling differential switches and circuit breakers on the domestic market.
From a European perspective, this is the second year that we have acted as general secretary of CECAPI, the European Committee of Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers for domestic and similar uses. We keep supporting the European organisation having more weight in Brussels and the sector being able to be coordinated in Europe. A good example is a document by CECAPI that analyses the field of application for the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive to achieve a heightened degree of harmony amongst the countries in the European Union.
Finally, we would like to mention that we have continued to collaborate with AMBILAMP to launch AMBIAFME, the Collective Extended Ad-Hoc Manufacturer Liability System for electrical equipment manufacturers that will help to comply with the manufacturers and imports that may put electrical equipment on the domestic market with their new electrical waste collection and recycling obligations from 15th August 2018.