Chris Hayward, Managing Director of NMBS, has been elected President of EURO-MAT, the leading European cooperation of independent builders' merchants.
Founded in 1989, the cooperation is based in Luxemburg and today has today a presence in 21 European countries, with a portfolio of 19 shareholders, more than 7,300 outlets and a combined turnover of 32bn Euros.
EURO-MAT acts on behalf of its members and generates exclusive European-wide partnership agreements between suppliers and builders' merchant members.
Mr Hayward said: "It was a great honour to be asked on behalf of NMBS to accept the presidency of Euro-Mat, and I will be 100% committed to supporting their key philosophy of 'Together we make things better'."
Guided by that philosophy, EURO-MAT can be considered as the counterbalance to multinational groups and offers suppliers a modern partnership by new market entries, best synergies and exchange of market relevant information.
The National Merchant Buying Society Ltd (NMBS) is a centralised buying society for Independent Builders, Timber, Hardware, Plumbing and Heating Merchants. It has over 1000 members with over 3000 branches with over £1.2 billion buying power.
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