About

FEST is Europe’s central trade body representing the national associations of wholesalers engaged in the distribution of plumbing and heating products across Europe. FEST works with the various national associations to lobby the EU Commission on matters concerning industry regulation, often in close collaboration with the major European manufacturer and professional installer trade bodies.

FEST membership currently constitutes the wholesaler associations of the following 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Our members represent:

800 Individual Member companies, €40 billion turnover, 8300 branches, 112,000 Employees.

Associate Members include: Bosch, Dornbracht, Geberit, Grohe, Grundfos, Hansgrohe, Ideal Standard, Kaldewei, Reflex, Rettig, Sanha, Uponor, Vasco, Walraven and Wilo.

FEST membership offers wholesalers from across Europe the opportunity to meet up with like-minded individuals to discuss best practices and encourage the flow of new trading methodologies that improve operational efficiency throughout the entire supply chain.

As the environmental aspects and technical complexity of products in the plumbing and heating sector increases, FEST promotes the vital role of the professional wholesaler in educating installers and end-consumers in the correct choice of materials sourced from suppliers worldwide.

Working Groups

Logistics Working Group FESTFEST

Logistics work group focuses on article identification to establish best practice and suggest an optimised process that delivers efficiencies and cost savings to all stakeholders in the supply chain.

Chair: Ron Kompeer

Product Regulation Working Group

Product standards work group monitors the numerous European policy developments and issues early warning notifications on regulations, legislation and product standards within the sector. Regular reporting on relevant legislative initiatives includes focus on:

  • Energy Performance Building Directive (EPBD)
  • Drinking Water Directive (DWD)
  • Ecodesign ‘Taps & Showers’
  • Unified Water Label (UWL)

Chair: Kim Holst

Sustainability Working Group

Sustainability work group oversees EU policies for buildings covering sustainability, in terms of energy and resource efficiency, health and safety issues. We cover newly built buildings as well as renovated existing building stocks.

Chair: John Newcomb