The Fluid Sealing Association has been very active over the past 24 months. We realized that our previous focus, which was predominantly standards driven, would not gain us the industry recognition we needed to truly make the changes member companies were driving towards. So we decided to take a deep breath, step back, and plan a path forward that would elevate the standing of the Association, promote its industry technical and subject matter expert leadership, and ultimately enable our collective voice to be heard.
At the beginning of 2015 we structured a new strategic plan, focusing the Association on the key issue facing our customers – environmental compliance, which expands into energy conservation and methane emissions abatement. Using our Government Affairs and Marketing groups as leaders, we have actively engaged the rule making bodies, EPA and DOE, and the World Trade Organization to advocate for change. Results to date have been outstanding and the FSA is starting to be recognized as a leading voice in the environmental compliance space. It’s clear we cannot and should not do this on our own. In conjunction with this effort we have increased our scope of 3rd party strategic partnerships and relationships so that we can collectively work to impact the rules and standards impacting our ultimate customers.
Click here to see a document that will provide some insight into the activities happening within the FSA over the past 2 years. The list is short and has somewhat limited detail so we strongly recommend that you reach out and ask for more information. We would welcome the opportunity to share more information at our upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans on October 6-8. Registration information can be found here.
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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has received approval from its Board of Directors to adopt a new membership category, called Standards Partner, specifically designed to engage engineers and engineering companies who actively practice in design and consulting services relating to sealing devices and piping systems.
As a dynamic and growing association of sealing device manufacturers, the FSA has identified the collaborative opportunities to get their engineering communities together in advance of critical issues being identified. With the understanding that the FSA can provide information on best available technologies for sealing devices, they hope that new engagement with the engineering community at large can give them the community’s needs and wants based on their modern design principles in piping, vessels, and equipment.
For more information on the new FSA’s Standards Partner membership category, please click here.
Pumps & Systems MENA, the new magazine for pump users in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that Henri Azibert, the Technical Director for the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), has joined its Editorial Advisory Board.
“I look forward to working with the staff at Pumps & Systems MENA,” Azibert said. “The global pumps market is very important to our members.”
As an Editorial Advisory Board member, Azibert will be consulted on the latest trends and challenges in the MENA pumps market.