Profile

As the FEM Racking and Shelving Product Group, we represent the interests of manufacturers of:

  • Adjustable Pallet Racking for general or specialised warehouse use
  • Drive in Racking for more specialised bulk storage
  • Push Back Racking for Higher Density storage at relatively low height levels
  • Gravity Live Storage Racking and Shelving for first in - first out utilization
  • Mobile Racking and Shelving for high density low turn round systems
  • Clip together Metal Shelving systems for general storage purposes
  • Library Shelving for book and other storage in archives and elsewhere
  • Bolted Slotted angle for the construction of storage and other Systems
  • Plastic Storage Containers, Steel Lockers and Cupboards
  • Mezzanines together with Rack or Shelving supported floors

Objectives

  • To represent, promote and protect the interests of the European racking, shelving and related products industry
  • To establish a source of information for manufacturers, control organizations, users, teaching bodies and government authorities
  • To facilitate European discussion about technical, commercial and economic storage equipment and methods issues
  • To facilitate European collaboration on definition and classification of equipment, terminology, development of standards, quality, market data, and research and development
  • To publish a range of studies and documents promoting better utilizationof storage equipment
  • To promote any other activity of value to manufacturers and users

Structure

The Product Group operates through an Annual General Meeting, Management Board and Working Groups considering specific aspects of racking or shelving.

Current officers of the Product Group that meet as a Management Board are:

  • President (Tony Gresham Jones, UK)
  • Technical Chairman (Kees Tilburgs, Netherlands)
  • Secretary General (Colin Hinton, UK)
  • Technical Expert (Stefano Calzolari, Italy)
  • Representatives from up to 7 member Associations: currently Spain, Italy, Germany and UK.

The Product Group was formally established as the “European Racking Federation” (ERF) in UK Company law in September 2004.

Work in progress

The current work plan includes:-

  • ERF Working Group for consideration of a possible ERF Quality Certification.
  • ERF Working Group for the revision of EN 15512.
  • ERF Working Group for the revision of EN 15620.
  • The drafting of a revised Guideline to the application of the Drive In Code FEM/ ERF 10.2.07.
  • Other Working Groups taking place across Europe, involving representative engineers from many companies.
  • Membership development, including work with new member countries and/ or potential members.
  • CEN TC344 WG on Seismic Design.
  • Liaison meetings with the FEM Industrial Trucks Product Group.
  • CEN TC344 Annual General Meetings are held in conjunction with the ERF Annual General Meeting.
  • Production of Technical Bulletins on relevant issues for the industry.
  • Responding to Technical queries on relevant issues or concerns.

President

Tony Gresham Jones, UK

Members

Associations/companies in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Turkey and Romania. There are also two Associate Members; from Australia and Egypt.

For full details of our members click here

Secretariat

Colin Hinton
Secretary General

European Racking Federation
Purwell Cottage, Purwell Lane, Hitchin, Herts. SG4 0NF

Tel: +44 (0) 1462 454 296
Fax: +44 (0) 1462 454 296
Email: info@erfed.org