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DIY Lifetime Award for Ray Colman

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The coveted European DIY Lifetime Award will be presented to Ray Colman on 5 June 2014 on the occasion of the third European Home Improvement Forum.  Mr Colman was CEO of Woodie’s DIY in Ireland until 2013. read more…

Two DIY Lifetime Awards

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For the first time, the European DIY-Retail Association has made two simultaneous DIY-Lifetime-Awards in this, the eighth year of the Award’s history: the recipients are Karl-Heinz Knoke and Dr. Gerd Müller-van Ißem, recognised for their lifetime achievements. Previous winners included such retail personalities as Otmar Hornbach (Hornbach Baumärkte), Manfred Maus (Obi), Karlheinz Essl (Baumax) and Klaus Fischer (Fischerwerke). read more…

Third European Home Improvement Forum Shifts to Madrid

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The third European Home Improvement Forum will take place in Madrid on 5-6 June 2014. The Forum was originally scheduled to be held in Istanbul but the organisers – trade associations Fediyma and Edra – made a change giving the current political and social instability in Turkey as their reason. read more…

Visitor Record Broken at Global DIY Summit

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In early June a record total of 600 visitors from 42 countries attended the second global DIY-Summit in Rome. There were 21 presentations, eight by leading retailers, five from ‘blue chip’ suppliers, four by multi-channel experts, plus from representatives of Amazon and Google. read more…

News from the EDRA

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The European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA) goes from strength to strength: it has now been joined by Union DIY, a Russian trade association which numbers eight home improvement retail chains as members. The members of Union DIY have a total of 93 retail outlets turning over the equivalent of 700 million Euros. The chairman of Union DIY is Rinat Mukhametvaleev (the CEO of Trest SCM), who represents the interests of the GHIN Global Home Improvement Network and now joins the board of the EDRA. The accession of Union DIY brings membership of the EDRA to exactly 100 companies. EDRA members now manage 13,500 retail outlets employing 850,000 persons in 50 countries, together turning over 130 billion Euros. read more…

DIY Lifetime Award for Manfred Maus

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Manfred Maus is a leading pioneer in the DIY-business. Together with Emil Lux, he opened the first Obi-Markt DIY retail outlet in Hamburg in 1970, becoming one of the leading actors in the developing home improvement business. He stayed with Obi for more than 30 years, becoming chief executive and chairman of the board. He will be presented with the DIY Lifetime Award at the DIY-summit in June 2013, adding to his Bundesverdienstkreuz official German Order of Merit.
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Global DIY-Summit 2013

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The second Global DIY Summit takes place on 6 – 7 June 2013 in Rome and has a line-up of top speakers, several of whom on day one will address the challenges to be faced by the rapid advent of digital markets. They include Ian Cheshire (Group CEO, Kingfisher), Sergio Giroldi (CEO, Obi) and Carlos Wulf (CEO, Easy), who will relate their experience with the multi-channel business. Representing the internet economy is Alastair Bruce (Director Google Germany), who will describe how the DIY-player can take best advantage of the web. His presentation will be entitled: ‘Making the web work for you’. read more…

Positive Outcome

 

The second European DIY-Forum held in Paris drew an audience of almost 500 from 31 countries. Most of the feedback from this networking event was highly positive. The EDRA president Régis Degelcke said it was ‘fantastic’ how many industry representatives he had met. A measure of the success was the fact that he had garnered more than 50 visiting cards during the event, and was a measure of the degree of information exchange. read more…

Second European DIY-Forum

 

The second European Home Improvement Forum takes place at the ‘Newport Bay’ Disney Convention Centre in Paris on 31 May to 1 June. By early May there were 430 registrations by suppliers and retailers from 29 countries.

The Forum is organised by two European trade associations, fediyma (the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers) and EDRA (European DIY-Retail Association). This year’s forum motto will be: ‘From DIY to Home & Garden Improvement’. Representatives of leading European DIY businesses will discuss the latest technical developments now driving market change. read more…