A new Association Presiden for Sweden’s EPLF: Paul De Cock succeeds Ludger Schindler

On May 16 and 17, around 70 attendees gathered in Viken, Sweden, for the Annual General Assembly of the EPLF (Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring). The meeting was hosted by associate member Välinge Innovation Sweden AB. After 16 successful years at the head of the Association, Ludger Schindler (MeisterWerke Schulte) stepped down from his position and members unanimously elected former Vice-Chairman Paul De Cock (Unilin) as the new EPLF President.

iken marked the end of an era for the EPLF: after 16 years in office, Ludger Schindler was no longer standing for re-election. A dedicated President, he has led the Association (which is now 24 years old) with a great deal of personal commitment, keeping it successfully on track. Mr Schindler has given great impetus to the further development of the EPLF (recent examples are the Innovation Forum “Laminate 2020” for members, and the EPLF Innovation Manifesto), thereby setting the Association’s future strategic course. Ralf Eisermann (Windmöller GmbH), formerly a fellow member of the Executive Board and a long-term business associate of Mr Schindler, gave a witty tribute speech at the meeting in honour of the outgoing President.

Honorary presidency for Ludger Schindler

Ludger Schindler was unanimously nominated as Honorary President of the EPLF in recognition of his significant contribution to the Association. This special title was last awarded in 2002 to founding committee member Ulrich Windmöller. In lines with the members’ vote, Paul De Cock (Unilin) will now succeed Schindler and take over the helm in the role of President.