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New Chairman for BIAFD

At its recent meeting in Stratford upon Avon the Executive of the British & Irish Association of Fastener Distributors elected Geoff Budd as its Chairman for the next two years.

Geoff Budd is a Director of Trifast plc and European Managing Director of TR Fastenings. With more than 38 years’ wide-ranging experience in the fastener industry he is ideally qualifying to take on the BIAFD role for which he won unanimous approval from the association’s executive. “I am honoured to have been asked to take on the Chairmanship of BIAFD and look forward to representing the interests of its members,” he commented.
Geoff Budd assumes the chair from Keith Harrison, Managing Director of the UK’s Hexstone Group of Companies. At the meeting, BIAFD members warmly expressed their appreciation for Keith’s two-year period as chairman and director of the association.
Andy Witts, of Bollhoff Fastenings Ltd, was re-elected as Vice-Chairman and David Furness, of Rapierstar Ltd, as Finance Officer and Director. David Jackson, of Stainless Threaded Fasteners, continues in office for a further year as chairman of the BIAFD’s Stainless Steel Fastener Group.
The BIAFD is a founder member of the European Fastener Distributors Association (EFDA) and has a longstanding commitment to ensuring its members are “better informed”. It holds two general meetings a year, and between meetings delivers news on fastener industry related issues through a regular series of email bulletins. Recent key topics include EU antidumping, CE Marking for fasteners, global economic and raw materials trends. The BIAFD is launching a completely revised Introductory Fastener Training Manual for its members to use with new entrants and to update longer serving employees. 
Membership is open to any UK or Irish distribution company for which fasteners is a primary product range and that has traded for a minimum of two years. Associate membership is available to organisations providing services to the fastener distribution sector.
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