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13 July 2006

PLASA Manufacturers Forum - Tuesday 18 July

UK - The third meeting of PLASA's Manufacturers Forum takes place next week on the afternoon of Tuesday 18 July at the DTI Conference Centre in central London. First established 12 months ago, the Forum has proved a catalyst in bringing the concerns of manufacturers to the fore and is open to any member of PLASA who wishes to attend. Companies interested in joining the Association are also invited to attend as observers.

The guest speaker at next week's meeting is Steve Andrews from the DTI's Office of Science & Innovation who will update members on the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Regulations) Directive which passed into UK law on Saturday 1 July. The agenda will also address PLASA's recent lobbying activities and its appointment of a political & parliamentary consultancy, which led directly to the tabling of parliamentary questions on RoHS. Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks answered the questions on behalf of government, and later attended a private meeting with PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths and representatives from PLASA member companies. Also key to the Forum discussions will be advance notice of the forthcoming EuP (Energy-using Products) Directive, which may have the potential to hit manufacturers even harder than RoHS.

The Forum will also provide an opportunity for PLASA to update members on recent initiatives, including a targeted press campaign to raise awareness of key issues, preparatory work on a survey of pay scales for the sector, plans for the introduction of a searchable database of tender and contract information and progress on its qualifications work.

Through hosting the regular meetings, PLASA hopes to create an active network of manufacturers to improve the commercial prospects of PLASA member companies. The meetings are backed by an online discussion forum so that all PLASA members worldwide have an opportunity to be part of the ongoing dialogue.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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