Arnald Ho, Art Diamond to Jointly Chair Global Assembly11 Aug, 2010
Arnald Ho, Art Diamond to Jointly Chair Global Assembly
The iconic leader of the Chinese imaging consumables industry, Mr. Arnald Ho, who also serves as Chairman of the Printer Consumables Committee of China and Chairman of Print-Rite Holdings Ltd, will join hands with 55-year industry veteran Art Diamond to jointly chair the charter Global Remanufacturing Industry General Assembly (GRIGA).
In recent years, the aftermarket supplies industry enjoyed fast development in the Asia Pacific Region, but expanded less rapidly in other areas. We all face certain common concerns, such as intellectual property, quality standards, lockout chips, extended markets, green issues, technology barriers, sourcing spent cartridges, etc.
China’s printer consumables industry has drawn a lot of attention in recent years. The city of Zhuhai is a shining example as it hosts the greatest number of manufacturers of various printer supplies products and parts anywhere in the world. Therefore, Zhuhai has been chosen as the host city for the first Global Remanufacturing Industry General Assembly.
Upon accepting the invitation, Ho said, “GRIGA is an important meeting for this industry, because the whole industry today, wherever you are, is facing the same issues: First, the increasing difficulties of the chip technology development by OEMs which mainly to stop the compatible or reman cartridge industry. Second, the aggressiveness of OEMs to collect empties, while not re-using them. Third, these empties are either dumped into third-world countries damaging their environment, or are recycled into other materials, which is less efficient than re-using the cartridges. I hope we can raise the awareness among the consumers and all governments to the benefits and ecological merits of cartridge remanufacturing.”
“I am honored to co-chair the GRIGA together with Mr. Arnald Ho. He has immense knowledge and an outstanding record of accomplishment in our industry. He has also been actively involved in promoting the industry and raising the quality of its products, by his efforts to establish higher industry standards.” Art Diamond said.
Diamond added, “I look forward to meeting representatives from the international trade associations, industry media and entrepreneurs of the world. GRIGA provides a great opportunity for us to exchange our views and ideas and to find solutions for the issues we face today and in the future.”
Vincent van Dijk, Secretary General of ETIRA, will share his observation on the European industry at the GRIGA, he said “By addressing the remanufacturing community in China, ETIRA is keen to highlight the challenges that the industry is facing in Europe today. Ranging from low priced competition and OEM patents to clever chips and end-life management rules, overcoming these challenges is a permanent struggle for European remanufacturers today.”
Neil Coulton, Technical Director of UKCRA, comments “The General Assembly is a unique opportunity to bring together all the major remanufacturing Associations, to work together for the benefit of all involved, via the sharing of concerns, information and resources, with the ability to address global issues in a meaningful and effective manner. It will be an opportunity to build international relationships for the benefit of the industry not only on a global level, but also on a local and regional basis.”
John Shane, Director of InfoTrends, a leading industry expert on imaging materials such as toner, OPC, inkjet ink, and cartridges. He will share his studies on the market trends with the delegates. “The aftermarket supplies industry is growing strong. I’m excited to meet the industry players and share my studies.”
Tony Lee, Managing Director of Recycler Zhuhai, said, “ It is a tremendous honor for me to organize the first GRIGA and that the GRIGA is won so much support from the government, trade associations, 15 industry media and the different companies. While we have established the RemaxAsia Expo as the world’s largest trade show for the aftermarket printer supplies, I hope we can make GRIGA a platform for communication, unity and prosperity for the whole industry.”