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Christoph Werner becomes Vice President in Koelnmesse trade fair management team

With Christoph Werner, 37, the Koelnmesse trade fair management team has gained a new Vice President with a broad range of trade fair experience.

As of 1st April 2012, Christoph Werner will be responsible for events in the House, Garden and Leisure sector and the Health area. Among the trade fairs in these sectors are spoga+gafa, EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne, INTERMOT Cologne, the International Dental Show (IDS) and Paint – Finishing & Facade.

Christoph Werner has occupied responsible positions in the international trade fair business for more than a decade. His first position was that of Sales Executive and Project Manager Sales at Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. He has been a project manager at Koelnmesse since April 2005. Among other trade fairs, he has been on the support teams for ProSweets Cologne and photokina.

Christoph Werner will succeed Metin Ergül, who is leaving Koelnmesse as of 31st March 2012 to take on new challenges as the managing director of a company in the healthcare market.

Stricter controls on pest control products

“Biocides” – ranging from rat poisons to wood preservatives – will be subject to tougher safety checks, following a European Parliament vote on Thursday, January 17, 2012. The updated rules aim to better protect human health and the environment, while streamlining the marketing approval process.

Council, which has already provisionally agreed to the new legislation, must give a formal green light for it to enter into force.

Furniture

The updated legislation closes a loophole so that treated products – such as furniture sprayed with fungicide or anti-bacterial kitchen worktops – will be included under the rules and labelled. Agricultural pesticides will continue to be covered by other EU legislation.

Restricting harmful substances

The most problematic substances – such as those that are carcinogenic, affect genes or hormones or are toxic to reproduction – should in principle be banned. Exceptions should only be made in Member States where strictly necessary, for example if a biocide is needed to safeguard against a specific danger to health. Approvals and renewals will be time-limited, while safer alternatives are developed.

Concerned about possible risks of nanotechnology, MEPs secured separate safety checks and labelling for products containing nano-sized materials.

Opening up the market

The new legislation further harmonises the EU market for biocidal products and sets deadlines for applications to be assessed. The recognition of approvals among Member States will be improved and the possibility to apply for authorisation at EU level will be phased in from 2013, becoming possible for most biocidal products by 2020.

Source: europarl.europa.eu

Building for vertical garden cities

Some of their structures remind us of bold visions of the future, in which plants reclaim nature for themselves. WOHA realize the permeation of buildings and landscape, of interiors and exteriors in projects such as the Singapore School of the Arts and the seminal residential high-rise “The Met” in Bangkok, which received the International Highrise Award 2010.

WOHA is represented by Richard Hassell and Mun Summ Wong as directors of the architectural office based in Singapore. They made their name in Asia in the late 1990s with open, single-family dwellings suitable for the tropics. Today they mainly design high-rises and large structures: a mega residential park in India, office and hotel towers in Singapore that lend a new, vertical dimension to green landscapes. Air-conditioning is merely an additional feature for these open structures, because the building structure itself provides the cooling. Natural lighting is standard, solar modules harvest energy for use in the buildings; water for domestic purposes and rainwater are reused.

Topics such as creating value added through communal areas and permeability for climate and nature will be presented in WOHA’s first monographic exhibition using examples of open tropical family homes, green high-rises and projects still in the completion phase. The exhibition showcases 19 of WOHA’s most important projects in digital images and models, project texts, large-format photos and plans.

 

WOHA – Breathing Architecture
2 December 2011 – 29 April 2012 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main

Further information:
dam-online.de
woha-architects.com

 

Metin Ergül leaves Koelnmesse

Metin Ergül, Head of Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse, is going to leave the enterprise by the end of March 2012. He will take up new employment as director of an enterprise in the health care industry.

Ergül has been employed with Koelnmesse since 2006. During the past years he successfully developed the trade fairs in the field of home, garden and leisure industries, for instance the spoga+gafa, the spoga+gafa horse, the Cologne Marathon Expo, the international hardware trade fair, the Asia Pacific Sourcing and the China International Hardware Show abroad. Until a successor has been nominated, Koelnmesse-director Katharina C. Hamma takes over his responsibilities.

Prize-winning innovative

The “green industry” and “innovation” are not necessarily a contradiction. The Swiss garden centre Meier of Dürnten proves that both can go together very well. The company was recently awarded the “Graines d’Or” prize as the most innovative garden centre in Europe. Even the location of the award presentation was pretty unusual: It took place at the Paris nightclub Lido.

But what is it that makes this company so innovative, so extraordinary? Could it be the many events in the premise, as for instance the family-days, the handicraft courses or the roses-days? Maybe the garden journeys organised by Meier, e.g. to the Netherlands and Great Britain? Is it possibly the child care by three child minders, which is so unusual for a garden centre? Could it be the excellent service and the distinguished advice for all customers? But no, perhaps it is the wide ranging assortment? Or could it even be the highly professional media work done by the 115 years old family business? In fact, it is a bit of all, or as was said in the laudation in Paris: The Meier family has proven that innovation and tradition don’t have to exclude each other. The brave steps the family took in difficult times reflect the way in which this family is able to uncompromisingly realise visions and use their strengths in order to expand their business.

A deeper impression of the most innovative garden centre in Europe can be obtained here: meier-ag.ch

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