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European Commission Launches Study on the Competitiveness of the European Pressure Equipment Sector

This article appears in the May/June 2008 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

In the autumn of 2007 the European Commission started the “Study of the Market and Analysis of the Competitiveness of the European Pressure Equipment Sector (MAPES)”

The Commission awarded the service contract for the above-mentioned study to the MAPES Project Consortium coordinated by the University of Stuttgart and involving partners, BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin), FDBR (Fachverband Dampfkessel-, Behälter- und Rohrleitungsbau, Düsseldorf) and Technomar GmbH (München), as well as VTT Finland, ANIMA Italy, BV France, ME Group Poland and BZF Hungary.

The purpose of the study is two-fold:

  • Establishment of an up-to-date description of the European market for pressure equipment including the international dimension;
  • Assessment of the international competitiveness of the European pressure equipment sector.

In order to get the best possible result for this study, the Commission calls upon the cooperation of the Stakeholders of the pressure equipment sector to support the surveys and data collection to be conducted by the Consortium in 2008. The study report is due in the first quarter of 2009. It will be presented to the stakeholders and discussed in the Commission's expert groups related to the pressure equipment sector. Intellectual property rights and copyright of the final report will be owned solely by the European Commission. (The person in charge: Mr. Hans D'hooge, hans.dhooge@ec.europa.eu, tel. 32-2-296.36.25).

Many in the process industries have been invited to participate in the online survey in 2 steps:

Step #1: register and obtain credentials (username and password) at http://mapes.eu-vri.eu/registration.aspx

Step #2: respond to the survey by logging in at http://www.eu-vri.eu/fwlink/?LinkID=104 , and then

Step #3: clicking onto the links to respective surveys (general surveys and the specific one for the notified bodies).

Final answers were requested before May 31, 2008.

Confidentiality is guaranteed by the terms of the study contract.

PS: The registration for the survey is needed in order to ensure that:

  1. The respondents may/can access and review their own answers as many times as they wish or it is needed until the very end of the survey action. In order to do so they just need to (a) save/submit the data entered and (b) re-access the data later using the credentials (user-id and password).
  2. The respondents may/can upload the relevant documents which may be useful to for the completeness of their answers

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