News of 9 July 2019
Quality Assurance Association Locks and Hardware: General Meeting 2019 / PIV celebrates inauguration
At the annual general meeting of the Quality Assurance Association Locks and Hardware (Gütegemeinschaft Schlösser und Beschläge e. V.) on 4 July 2019, Stephan Schmidt, Managing Director of the Quality Assurance Association, welcomed the participants in Velbert.
Stephan Schmidt reported, among other things, on the total income of 2018, which amounted to approximately 1.4 million euros. For the current business year, the Quality Assurance Association Locks and Hardware would like to achieve the turnover target of 1.5 million euros through the turnover of the Testing Institute Locks and Hardware [Prüfinstitut Schlösser und Beschläge Velbert (PIV)], which belongs to the Quality Assurance Association. Since 2002, the Quality Assurance Association has been able to increase its turnover continuously, so that it will have increased 2.5-fold by reaching the turnover target of 2019. In addition, the now completed structural expansion of the Testing Institute Locks and Hardware was presented.
In addition to the report of the management, the annual accounts for 2018 were on the agenda. Another item on the agenda was the presentation of the budget for the current year and the resolution on the membership fee for 2019. After the discharge of the board and the management, the auditors were newly elected.
At the end of the general meeting Jochen Grönegräs, general manager of the BF Bundesverband Flachglas e. V., gave a lecture entitled "Quality development in glass - experience of a quality association".
PIV celebrates inauguration
The Testing Institute Locks and Hardware, which belongs to the Quality Assurance Association Locks and Hardware, inaugurated its new hall during the annual general meeting. After speeches by managing director Stephan Schmidt and chairman Richard Rackl (CES Group) the hall was officially opened. Afterwards the guests could look forward to a colourful supporting programme with music and interludes by a comedian.
Due to the good order situation PIV has been able to increase its team in the past years and now employs a total of twelve people. Therefore the location at Wallstraße was optimized and an old hall was replaced by a new building. The new building now has one floor more, so that PIV has gained about 200 square meters more space. From now on, the offices are located here and the previous offices are available for further test stands. Due to the new building the lower floor of the building has also been optimized and therefore offers even more space for the test stands.
Stephan Schmidt (3rd from left), managing director of the Quality Assurance Association, and the institute director Andrea Horsthemke (2nd from left) opened the new hall together with the chairman Richard Rackl (1st from left).