London, UK The Component Obsolescence Group is looking to broaden its reach by launching German operation with a one day conference and exhibition on Wednesday (March 3) in Munich, which will involve contributions from British, German and American organisations.
Speakers will include representatives from Bombardier Transportation, BAE Systems, Qinetiq, Motorola, and Defence Micro Electronics Activity (part of the US Department of Defense), who will give presentations on component obsolescence issues in general and COG itself.
Michael Trenchard, chief executive of COG, said, “Although our membership already includes a number of international organisations, there appear to be no equivalent cross industry bodies specifically set up to tackle the issue of component obsolescence in other countries.”
“We perceived that there was a strong demand from German companies for a more accessible forum to discuss this important issue. In the future we may look at establishing offshoots in other countries, to achieve wider international co-operation.”
COG was established in 1997 to provide a forum for the discussion of obsolescence issues. It runs workshops, seminars and conferences to provide training and enable members to share information and solutions, and it has formed working groups dedicated to addressing key issues.
Although COG Deutschland will be run as an independent unit, with its own website meetings and administration, it will still maintain strong links and synergies with the work being carried out in the UK.
COG has over 160 members including several German companies including Bombardier Transportation, and Autoflug, a distributor of safety equipment for the aviation industry.
The event in Munich will be open to both COG members and non-members and delegates will be provided with a CD-ROM guide giving general information and notes from the presentations.