By Anthony Capkun
December 12, 2014 – Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced the closure of its Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC) Council, effective December 31, citing “economic conditions and changing business models in the consumer electronics industry, resulting in reduced numbers of CEMC members”.
Just over two years ago, EFC parted with its Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) Council—the direct result of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) opening a Canadian branch office.
CEMC Council, meantime, has been part of EFC since 1995, says the association. This closure also signals the departure of Susan Winter. “Susan has worked diligently for years to try and make the Council viable and sustainable,” said Jim Taggart, EFC president & CEO. “EFC has also strived to support the Council and make it viable. It hasn’t happened.”
EFC says it has offered to continue to provide statistical services to departing CEMC members, and supports the possibility of the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA US) providing future services to the Canadian consumer electronics industry.