The European Federation of Associations of Locks & Builders Hardware Manufacturers
Founded in 1956 ARGE is the European umbrella association of locks and hardware manufacturers.
It represents 15 National Associations within Europe, which serve over 200 manufacturers across the whole of Europe and Scandinavia.
ARGE is a Lobby institution with links to the European Authorities and Institutes.
It aims to represent the interests of its National Associations, manufacturers and users of locks and hardware, and works on technical issues for the European Committee of Standardisation (C.E.N.).
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The ARGE Conference
Hosted by UNIQ, the 64th ARGE Conference, was held on 15th and 16th September in Le Touquet Plage, and was one of the most stimulating yet. In addition to the Annual General Meeting of ARGE, which was held on the first day, the focus of this year’s event was the future ARGE agenda. Delegates took part in a series of workshops, which explored the future opportunities for ARGE and its membership.
The launch of ARGE’s industry representative EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) was also a central agenda item. Peter Rush, Chairman and CEO of KELLEN, who manage BHMA’s (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association in North America) business, provided us with a report on the success of the marketing activities of BHMA. The busy first day was rounded off with a gala dinner at the luxurious Hôtel Barrière Le Westminster, situated in the heart of Le Touquet.Information and presentations from the event will be available soon.
CEN has introduced an online learning tool designed to help SMEs improve their knowledge on standardisation.
The CENELEC interactive online educational tool provides short animations and explanatory text about the benefits of using standards and of participating in standardisation. It is hoped the new easy to use system will encourage uniformity across the industry.