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GMS becomes part of the copper association
Combined strength for the industry

Date: 30.01.2024

GMS becomes part of the copper association

Pioneering decision for the industry

In a groundbreaking decision, the members of the Gesamtverband Messing Sanitär (GMS) decided at their last general meeting on November 15, 2023 to bundle their activities in the copper association in the future. This strategic decision marks a milestone in the development of the brass sanitary industry.

With this change, we are not only aiming to strengthen the copper association, but also to enable the former GMS members to pursue the market and customer interests of the brass sanitaryware industry with even greater vigor. An extended technical working group will deal intensively with topics such as lead-free alloys through REACH and the Drinking Water Ordinance in order to further expand industry-specific expertise.

The Brass Sanitary Equipment Committee (formerly GMS) will be supported by an expert team within the Copper Association to ensure that integration proceeds smoothly and that the common goals can be pursued effectively. This accompanying support ensures a smooth transition phase and successful collaboration.

After an impressive 26 years of successful cooperation, the Brass Plumbing Suppliers Association would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all members, committee chairs, sponsors, supporters and the Board of Directors. The extraordinary commitment and loyalty of all those involved have made a decisive contribution to the numerous successful projects that have been implemented on the initiative of the GMS.

About the GMS

The GMS was founded in 1997 as Gütegemeinschaft Messing Sanitär and represented the interests of companies along the entire supply chain in the sanitary industry. The focus was on the research, technical development and optimization of sanitary materials, in particular brass (copper-zinc alloys) and other copper-based materials. The association promoted professional exchange, technological knowledge and initiated projects in cooperation with research institutes. Other focal points were product marketing, training and further education in order to promote the use of brass in the sanitary industry.

Über den Kupferverband

As the representative body of the copper industry, the Copper Association bundles specialist interests and is the mouthpiece of the copper industry. With technical and scientific expertise and market knowledge, it is internationally networked and offers comprehensive expert knowledge on the application and use of copper materials. The association promotes research projects, provides information on material topics in seminars and conferences and offers valuable networks with industry, science and associations.