The European Materials Handling Federation FEM elected Christophe Lautray (54), Chief Sales Officer Linde Material Handling, as its new President on the occasion of the Biennial Congress on 6 to 7 October in Bordeaux/France. Previously, Lautray had served as Vice President. Following this election, he will lead the European Materials Handling Federation for two years and thus represent approximately 1,000 companies with about 160,000 employees. Lautray explained that he would base his mandate on increasing the attractiveness of the materials handling industry, promoting internationalization and boosting the numbers of high-ranking executives present at the FEM Congress and in working groups. Moreover, he intends to create stronger links with Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association.
After his election Lautray said: “It is truly an honour for me to be elected as president representing the material handling industry in Europe. The new role offers me the possibility to place my extensive expertise at the disposal of our industry and ensure that our concerns will be heard by EU authorities.”
The FEM based in Brussels/Belgium was founded in 1953 and represents manufacturers of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment and their interests vis-à-vis the European institutions and partners. FEM currently consists of a total of 15 members from the EU, as well as from Russia and Turkey.