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Family reunion of a special kind

35 shareholders and 36 suppliers in the ATR family attended the seventh IPAS Forum. The biennial event has become a fixed networking date in the diary.

Shareholders and suppliers from all over the world under one roof, as seen here in the event hall in Fellbach near Stuttgart.

The seventh IPAS Forum organised by ATR was another great opportunity to approach fellow members, to meet new business contacts and to strengthen existing relationships. About 230 shareholders and IPAS suppliers gathered together in the town of Fellbach near Stuttgart in Germany from 21 to 23 November for some serious networking.

The IPAS Forum was started back in 2006 in order to offer the ATR 

shareholders and the IPAS suppliers an opportunity to meet face to face. IPAS stands for International Preferred ATR Supplier. The outstanding features of IPAS suppliers are their favourable market positions and their strong links to ATR but they also fulfil further criteria. 

The idea behind the IPAS project was to build up a standardised portfolio of suppliers around the globe involving a bundling of product ranges. There was a variety of subjects on the agenda again this time, with discussions revolving around new business ideas, cooperation agreements, joint ventures into new markets, or simply around the experiences made by partner companies in adopting their strategies. 

A clever rotation system proved successful again at the three-day event. All the shareholders or suppliers have the opportunity to say which companies they would like to talk to. These advance arrangements have consistently resulted in new pairings, with a total of 38 booths set aside as meeting places. This time there were around 800 meetings.

A period of exactly 40 minutes was allocated for each appointment before the changeover but, naturally, the event still offered enough scope for a spontaneous chat aside from the fixed appointments – and plenty of places to sit for any such impromptu conversations in the comfortable lounges in the large hall which were well used during the breaks.

“We have received lots of positive feedback,” said Roland Dilmetz, ATR Managing Director, looking back with satisfaction. “The IPAS Forum has become a firm diary date every other year for all the shareholders and IPAS suppliers in the ATR family.”