Words from the IACDS President: A very different year has passed

Published 2/12, 2020 at 11:21

Soon it will be time again to celebrate Christmas, a time for peace and a major festive period throughout the world.

It also marks the time to look back on an incredible year, a year such that no one could have imagined. We started out last January with optimism and confidence but were suddenly caught up in cold reality. This meant we had to rethink, relearn and adjust to a new reality. But we did it. 

Despite everything, the IACDS has not been idle this year either. Two attempts to organise and hold an annual general meeting and special anniversary celebration failed, with it being rescheduled twice and in the end there was no meeting in person and no celebration, although we did hold a virtual meeting in October. The Silver Anniversary could not be celebrated, neither in Willingen nor Stockholm, but despite everything, we have published a new anniversary yearbook. This relates stories from and about people from the past 25years who have accomplished a great in drilling and sawing concrete and for our industry in general. Since there will be no physical meetings at the moment or in the near future, I invite you to visit us at www.iacds.org, to look through the yearbook and to be inspired. In autumn we carried out a structural survey in all member countries with the support of the national associations, and the results may also be accessed online via the website.

What can we expect in the upcoming year? Firstly we will have to wait and be patient, but a very clear goal will be to be able to hold personal meetings again. In the meantime, we are working on webinars with the aim of making certain working methods accessible to a wider audience. If you are curious, please check out what's new at www.iacds.org from time to time.

At the beginning of March the CSDA will hold its annual general meeting in Bermuda; in April BeBoSa will take place in Willingen and in autumn Demcon in Stockholm. Cooperation with FEPA is to be expanded and if face to face meetings should be possible again, we will use the opportunity to hold personal discussions. I hope we can meet and exchange ideas at one of these events.

Until then, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and, above all, for the New Year I wish you good health and good business.

Stay healthy.

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