The European Federation of Associations of Locks & Builders Hardware Manufacturers

ARGE Conference
2011 - Düsseldorf


Dr. Gerhard Eschenbaum

g_eschenbaumDeputy Managing Director of the
Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
born on 9 November 1954 in Herne;
Married, 3 children;
Graduate Economist

Dr. Eschenbaum has a degree as graduate economist from the University of Bochum and is a qualified expert for European policy and foreign trade.

He devoted his doctorate to the subject "Strategic reserves of raw materials, with special consideration of a funding from currency reserves of the Bundesbank". He has 28 years of experience in the work of the CCIs and since 2003 he is deputy managing director and head of the department for foreign trade and European policy at the CCI Düsseldorf.

He holds honorary offices as assistant chairman of the supervisory board at the NRW.International GmbH and as advisory board member at the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Dr. Gerhard Eschenbaum - Short presentation on Düsseldorf. 

Karl-Heinz Florenz, MEP

k_florenzborn on 22 October 1947 in Neukirchen-Vluyn;
Married, 3 children;
Merchant and Master of Agriculture

1973 Joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)1984 - 1992 Member of the Council of the City Neukirchen-Vluynsince 1989 Member of Parliament
Re-election in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009

Functions in the European Parliament:

Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety2007 - 2009: Member of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change (Rapporteur)Member of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) 1994 - 2004: Chairman of the EPP-ED Group in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy2004-2007: Chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Karl-Heinz Florenz is acting as a Member of the European Parliament in his 5th period and is one of the best experts for European politics in Brussels. Having best contacts to medium sized enterprises, he will show us how European politics is working and what is relevant for the metalworking industry. Running a big farm in Neukirchen-Vluyn in the lower Rhine region, he is using modern technologies for energy saving and the prevention of CO2 emissions and he will show us future prospects for these fields.

Karl Heinz-Florenz MEP - Lecture on the European Parliament.

Dr. Ulrich Morgenroth


Born on 22 March 1969

1990 - 1991 Studies at Ruhr University Bochum
1991 - 1994 Studies at University of Münster in Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
1994 - 1995 University of Oxford, Research project for the Master of Studies. Subject: "Classical Europe and its Barbarian interface"
1995 - 2000 Research project and doctoral dissertation on "Iberia in the Early Iron Age" in Cooperation with the thesis supervisor Prof. Dr. Sir Barrington Cunnliffe, CBE, FBS In cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute, Department of Madrid, and the Institute of Prehistory and Early History of the Ruhr University Bochum. Funded by the Meyerstein Fund and the Craven Fund.
1999 - 2000 worked at the Landesmuseum Koblenz, Festung Ehrenbreitstein. Scientific and didactic concept of the Monastery Museum in Treis Karden upon Moselle. Technical planning of the Archaeological Department in the "Contregarde Rechts" of the fortress Ehrenbreitstein.
Since 2001 at the German Locks and Builders Hardware Museum, first as curator and since 2005 as a director of the museum

Various publications

The history of lock making was a constant struggle between the engineer and the criminal.

The history of locks goes back over three millennia and has its roots in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. This speech wants to take you on to a journey through four thousand years of inventiveness in the service of security. We describe the sophisticated locks of the ancient Romans, the locks of the knights and kings of the Middle Ages. The 19th century was the age of innovation when all the major mechanical locks that we still use today by such prominent inventors like Bramah, Chubb and Yale.

Over the last two decades new elements have been adopted in access control and security technology and electronics play an ever increasing part. Even though this is a new development, their underlying principles, mainly biometrics and cryptography, have their roots in history and can look back onto a long tradition. So past, present and future of the industry are set into a wider context....

Dr. Morgenroth - Lecture on the History of Hardware.

Jacky Sinclair DipGAI, RegAI, FInstAI


Jacky Sinclair has over thirty years' industry experience. This includes working in Marketing and Product Management for major international manufacturers such as DORMA and ASSA ABLOY, handling Marketing for Certifire, and working for the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.Qualified both as a teacher and an industrial trainer, she has lectured on ironmongery around the world. She is also a published author, and regularly contributes articles to industry magazines, as well as answering questions on the GAI's Technical Helpline service.

Jacky gained the Silver Medal in her Diploma exams. She has served the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers in several capacities, including a two-year term as National Chairman. In 1988, she was awarded the Paul Shirville Trophy for her work, followed in 1989 by a Fellowship in the IAI for services to the industry. Today she represents the GAI on BSI, CEN and ISO committees, and other industry forums, as well as running a successful consultancy business.

Synopsis: When a building hardware product fails, someone gets the blame, and possibly a big bill for repairs or personal injury.

The presentation explains how manufacturers, importers and suppliers can reduce their risk through the use of standards and the CE mark. Although it is based on experience in the UK, there is much that will be useful and applicable to companies operating in other European countries, especially those where cheap imported products are pushing into the market.

Jacky Sinclair Title: "Limiting your risk - in sourcing, specification and supply"

Hans Craen


Manager Kellen Europe Born on 31 January 1976

1994 - 1999 Law studies at Antwerp University, Belgium
1999 - 2000 European law studies at Liège University, Belgium
2000 - 2001 Trainee at the office of the European Ombudsman, Strasbourg, France
2002 - 2003 Postgraduate Business Management, Vlekho, Belgium
2001 - 2003 EU Affairs Co-ordinator at Hitachi Corporate Office, Brussels
Since 2003 Kellen Europe (initially Ernst & Young Association Management), Brussels

This presentation will give an overview on the main EU institutions and how they interact.

It will also look into how an effective lobbying campaign has to be set up and how to approach the different actors in the Brussels arena. Finally, some practical tips will be given as well as the do's and don'ts on advocacy and lobbying.

How Brussels works - some insights on EU advocacy