Oct 112016

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

This year have chosen the motto:

“Standards build trust”


Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and trusted frameworks for cooperation. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource efficient international commerce.

A product or service conforming to an international standard is imbued with a trusted symbol of quality, safety or compatibility. Standards speak to the diversity of our interconnected world, introducing uniformity at the interfaces where we need to be certain that we are speaking on the same terms.

From AFTA we want to support this kind of initiatives, which represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors, who puts their knowledge voluntarily on the public interest.

Aug 122016

We inform you that AFTA Association will remain closed for vacations from August 15th to August 28th.


We wish a nice vacation period for those who can take it.

See you soon!

Apr 212016

European Steel Day 2016 will take place on 21 April 2016 from 9:00 till 14:30 at the Concert Noble in Brussels. The theme of this year’s event is: “Building a future as strong as steel”.


This high-level conference will address the key issues facing the European steel industry today, as well as addressing how the industry can prosper in the coming decades.

Hosted by the European Steel Association (EUROFER), key speakers will include key policy makers, top industry executives and vital stakeholder representatives.

Issues that will specifically be addressed include a panel on the Revision of the European Union Emissions Trading System, with another panel focusing on the issues raised by China’s slowing economic performance in the context of the debate surrounding Market Economy Status for that country.

Mar 112016

Tube, the world leading trade fair for the tube industry will the place from 4-8 April 2016 in the Exhibition Centre of Düsseldorf, Germany.


No less than the future of the tube industry awaits over 35,000 international trade visitors: On a growing area with increasingly attractive trade fair stands, decision makers gather information on future-oriented trends concerning machinery and plant for the manufacturing and processing of tubes, forming and bending technology, tube trade and accessories as well as profile technology.

The main success factors during Tube 2014 were the  1,313 exhibitors from 50 countries, more than ever, over 38,000 international trade visitors and more than 57,000 m2 generous exhibition space.

Through the following links you can check the opening hours, pricesaccess informationcity information and a fair plan. Moreover, it is offered a visitor information brochure. You can on-line register, as well as plan your visit.

Jan 212016

Everything is ready for the celebration from March 8th to 11th of the 22nd edition of the International Water Fair SMAGUA 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain.


With more than 700 exhibitors and more than 32.000 visits during its last edition, SMAGUA is confirmed as an opportunity for those companies of water industry which want a position in the market.

The high participation in the Technical Innovations Competitions demonstrates the confidence of the sector in SMAGUA as the idea launch pad of the water industry.

Dec 162015

From AFTA, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, to enjoy with all your relatives. Moreover, we hope that the New Year 2016 will bring you health, joy and professional success.

The Association will remain closed from 24th December until 4th January. We will see each other then.

Kindest Regards


Oct 142015
Today, 14 October 2015, World Standards Day is celebrated; IEC, ISO and ITU this year have chosen the motto “standards: the world’s common language” and the essential role that standards play in transactions, providing a common language through the world.
From AFTA we want to support this kind of initiatives, which represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors, who puts their knowledge voluntarily on the public interest.
Oct 022015

ISO has published the new version of the ISO 9001. It is the world’s most widely used technical standard: 1,130,000 organisations from 187 countries hold the certificate.


The ISO 9001 is used by all types of companies and organisations, both public and private, of all sizes and from all sectors of activity; it is the internationally recognised means of demonstrating a commitment to quality. This standard helps organisations to work more efficiently, as it permits them to harmonise all their processes, thus making them more easy to understand. Its correct implementation helps to increase productivity and efficiency and reduce economic costs.

The new features introduced in the standard include a greater emphasis on leadership at management level. There is also an increased importance given to risk; not only the negative effect of uncertainty, but also to identify business opportunities that contribute to bottom line improvements. The standard also promotes increased efficiency in the supplier chain. It is written in simple and clear language to facilitate its application in organisations.

The main objective of the review is to facilitate the integration of this standard into other Management Systems and to ensure that these are more accessible for all types of organisations, especially in the services sector. It shares the so-called High Level Structure, common to all management standards.

May 192015

The International Fair of Pumps&Valves and Maintenance, will take place on 27-29 May at Bilbao Exhibition Centre.


The objective is to help trade specialists find specific solutions to specific technical problems, to get it, a close cooperation with exhibitors, visitors, the media and sectoral associations has brought the leading agents in the sector on board, guaranteeing a programme of seminars closely linked to the needs of the market that will provide real answers to even the most complex problems. Indeed, the technological approach of the presentations will be highly user/customer oriented, and will be rounded out by workshops presenting new products and by technical visits.

To access the conferences programme and to register you can do it on the web of Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

May 132015

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announces the launch of the Course ‘Introduction to Steel’. The course, developed by TenarisUniversity together with steeluniversity, aims to provide students with an understanding of the history, science, technology and uses of steel by society. The course starts on 2 June 2015 and registration is now open.


This online learning programme is hosted on the edX platform and open to all free of charge. It is comprised of a four-hour framework which will run for two weeks. It will be available in English. The course features the basics of steel melting, the properties and origins of steel, its relationship with society and the sustainability of a world underpinned by steel. It also provides interactive features to support community interactions between students and the professor.


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