Words from the IACDS President: Like driving against a concrete wall in 130 mph

Published 5/10, 2020 at 11:11

A year like no other is slowly approaching its end and what a year it has been. It began full of anticipation for an eventful year with a silver jubilee to celebrate as the IACDS has quietly turned 25 years old and one of the best trade fairs for concrete drilling and sawing, the BeBoSa. This however, like all other events, has been cancelled being postponed by a year.

At the beginning of this year, nobody would have thought what to expect. At one stroke, public life was over. It was like driving against a concrete wall at 130mph! From one day to the next everything changed and instead of the annual general assembly in Carlsberg, or the great anniversary event for IACDS and the fantastic trade show BeBoSa, we found ourselves in the middle of a lockdown. Instead of talking to friends and business colleagues, we practiced keeping socially distanced and wearing masks.

But for the last half of a year now we have read and written about almost nothing else. There is something else now, even if it seems that this Covid-19 topic dominates us and our lives. But even if I can't tell you much about events and meetings of the past year, we have been able to gain two new members from Germany through the companies Heger and Kern-Deudiam, and with the company Lee Yeon Industrial Ltd, we can welcome the first member from Taiwan.

The German Association (FBS) did manage to hold its annual general meeting under coronavirus conditions in mid-June. That meant only one representative per company, keeping socially distanced and apart from the speakers, with a mask being worn at all times. The event went smoothly and the duration was impressive with its brevity.

At the turn of the year there will be another yearbook from the IACDS. This time it will be an anniversary yearbook full of amazing stories about our fantastic industry. If you have a contribution that you would like to share with us, I would be very happy to hear from you and read all about it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me (info@IACDS.org). 

Since the implementation of all events is subject to travel restrictions still in force, it is difficult for me to recommend any international event at this point. Hopefully we'll meet at the next CSDA Annual General Assembly at the Hamilton Princess, Bermuda from 2-6 March 2021 or the BeBoSa in Willingen 15-17 April. And by the way, I can truly tell you that the people in Austria do not live in ‘forest cities’ and the trees do not explode. In fact, burning forests are a very rare phenomenon in Austria.

For the coming autumn, I wish you all good business, and I wish you stay well and please stay safe.

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