ECAP (the European Consortium of SME Anchors Producers) is a unique case in Europe of a transnational sector group of SMEs that created its own European identity beyond the national identities of its members.
A group of small and medium-sized European producers, all competitors, join forces in a 100 % self-financed consortium to influence the standardization of their products: mechanical, chemical and plastic anchors, powder actuated tools and their components, concrete and wood screws and 3-D nailing plates.
Because this is the cheapest way to ensure that their own technical needs and economic interests are taken into account and secured in European Standardization and Technical Assessments.
ECAP producers have similar products and speak the same technical and commercial language. They join forces and collaborate to gain a common advantage in the European standardization process, to enhance the technical development of their products and to share costs of high tech services.
ECAP was founded in February 2001 by a small group of European producers, under the initiative of Dr Luciano Taddei, CEO of the Italian manufacturer Bossong SpA. The urgent need to rebalance the massive influence exercised by the multinationals over the development of the European Technical Approval system for concrete anchors made Dr Taddei aware of the importance for SMEs to approach Europe at a European level.
The passionate commitment of the Taddei family to the vision of ECAP, led to the development of the Consortium and to the appointment of Barbara Sorgato as its Secretary General.
Today ECAP has members from many European countries. This plurality of cultures is reflected in the ECAP board’s composition, which changes every 3 years.
Chairman 2017-2019: Lars Mortensen, Expandet Screw Anchors A/S (DK)
Administrative Director 2017-2019: Andrea Taddei, Bossong SpA (IT)
Secretary General: Barbara Sorgato (IT)
Board of directors 2017-2019:
Nick Beardon, Hexston Ltd JCP (UK)
Gianluca Bertamino, Tecfi SpA (IT)
Urs Joos, Chemfix Products Ltd (UK)
Lars Mortensen, Expandet Screw Anchors A/S (DK)
Johannes Heye, PGB-Europe nv (BE)
Santiago Reig, Index Técnicas Expansivas S.L. (ES)
Andrea Taddei, Bossong SpA (IT)
Luisa Caimi (IT)
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Giovanni Muciaccia
ECAP's activity is based on consensus. Balance and democratic process are granted through ECAP's Statutes.