Eumabois appoints new president

Handover between Juergen Koeppel (left) and Luigi De Vito (right)

Luigi De Vito, the president of Acimall and division director of SCM, has become the president of Eumabois recently, succeeding past president Jürgen Köppel.

Eumabois is a European association dedicated to promoting European woodworking machinery industry regionally and internationally. De Vito was the previous vice-president of the association since 2016.

De Vito commented in his inaugural speech as the new president: “I want to express my best wishes to the new board of directors that will be in office for the next three years term. My heartfelt thanks go to all the outgoing board members I have worked with and who, in recent years, have contributed to bringing Eumabois to its current levels of quality and influence worldwide.

“Finally, a very special thanks goes to Jürgen Köppel, the years spent together have been fueled by a strong spirit of collaboration and mutual esteem and I can say that I am very proud of the work done together and of the results achieved.”

Köppel, in his farewell speech, said: “I am very pleased that such top-class representatives of our industry are supporting at European level and are thus driving our common European ideas worldwide.

“European woodworking machines and tools are setting trends worldwide and this leading position needs to be secured and expanded with the support of our federation.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my work, especially I want to thank Luigi De Vito, because in the past six years of working together, he, as a former competitor, has become a strong comrade-in-arms and friend.”

Besides the change in presidency, the new vice-president was also appointed, with Frederik Meyer from HOMAG group taking charge.

The board of director was also renewed, with new members being Wolfgang Rohner from IMA Schelling, Daniel Bucher from Striebig, and Ismet Toktas from AES Group. Outgoing members include Samuel Hänni from Lamello, and Mustafa Sabri Erol from Törk Makine.