European Distributors to Hold Annual Conference in Poland

The 16-nation European Union of Electrical Wholesalers (EUEW) will hold its annual General Convention this year from June 6-8 in the Baltic resort town of Sopot near Gdansk, Poland.

The conference will be hosted by the Polish Federation of Electrical Wholesalers, and take place at the Sheraton Hotel Sopot.

Entitled “Go East,” the meeting will focus on the dramatic changes that have taken place in Poland and the other former East Bloc countries since the collapse of Communism in 1989, and the business opportunities in the region for members of the electrical supply chain.

Speakers from the academic and journalistic sectors will present an overview of the economic and political situation in the region, and then representatives of the larger European distribution organizations, including Sonepar, Wuerth, Onninen, and Solar will describe their experiences entering new markets, implementing new business communication technologies, and working more closely with manufacturer-suppliers.

All presentations will be in English.

Distributor delegates attending will be from the individual national electrical associations of Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

And in keeping with the theme “Go East,” for the first time at an EUEW convention, representatives are expected from Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, and of course there will be a very strong Polish presence.

Just prior to the conference, marketing group IMELCO will hold its own annual meeting, with participants from Europe and from its affiliate IMARK in the United States.

Partners attending the conference will participate in a guided tour of the historically prominent city of Gdansk where the Solidarity movement was founded by Lech Walesa and which inspired similar opposition groups throughout the former Soviet Bloc.

On the final day, there will be a special coach excursion to Malbork, the former headquarters of the crusading order of the Teutonic Knights. The castle is one of the largest extant brick gothic medieval structures, and remains one of the most imposing fortresses in Europe.

For general information, readers considering attending the EUEW conference can contact John Paul Quinn in the U.S. at mirabel@snet.net or 203-323-9850. For specific details and registration procedures, readers should visit the host website at www.euew2013.org.

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