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AMDEA celebrates the accomplishments of Uwe Hanneck

AMDEA.jpgAfter its Board meeting and AGM on 26th October, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances held a lunch at the Riverside Room of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, for 50 members and industry colleagues to thank Uwe Hanneck of BSH, for his tireless efforts in serving the Association. Uwe was AMDEA Chairman for the past six years and has now retired, handing the baton to John Morrissey of Indesit.

John Morrissey is the Managing Director of Indesit Company, for the UK and Irish markets. He joined Indesit in 1995 as Commercial Director. In this role, he managed the company's commercial direction across the UK and Ireland, facilitatinng the implementation of a successful commercial plan to drive the Indesit, Hotpoint and Cannon brands forward. Prior to joining Indesit, John was Managing Director (Sales & Marketing) at HooverCandy Group.

John says he wants to see AMDEA represent its entire membership in the strongest possible way, to ensure that future regulation at both national and European levels is implemented in a fair and coherent manner. He would like to expand the membership and work closely with other allied industry bodies to ensure that the sector speaks with one voice on as many matters as possible.

During Uwe's time in office the industry saw a suite of new European environmental legislation with the EU increasingly focusing on household energy demand to meet its carbon reduction targets.

Uwe was a key driver in the launch of AMDEA's Time to Change Campaign which aims to provide the public with information on the energy use of their appliances and the cash and carbon savings to be gained by early replacement. Time to Change( www.t2c.org.uk) is the UK segment of a pan-European programme, organised by the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED), to encourage the replacement of 188 million old (10 years and older), energy-hungry, large domestic appliances still in use across Europe.

Uwe was also very active in the industry response to the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment legislation, as part of the industry's efforts to ensure that our products are not only environmentally friendly during their use phase but also at the end of their lives.

The event was attended by both representatives of AMDEA member companies and guests from numerous organisations with which AMDEA has been associated during Uwe's term as Chairman. All present bade him a fond farewell and best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

AMDEA represents over 80% of the domestic appliance industry. Members are all manufacturers, importers or distributors of household appliances.

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4th November 2011

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