Report on IAKS Switzerland’s General Meeting on 18 April 2018

IAKS Switzerland’s 2018 General Meeting took place at Nüssli (Switzerland) AG in Hüttwilen in eastern Switzerland. Nussli is a leading, international provider of temporary structures for sports, cultural and business events.

After a welcome address by Dr Andreas Emödi (Deputy CEO of Nüssli AG), IAKS Switzerland’s President Roger Gut opened the General Meeting attended by 31 voting members. He was able to deliver a positive annual report, this year featuring the following highlights:

  • 2017 General Meeting in the Swisspor Arena in Luzern with a tour of the football stadium and indoor pool
  • Discussion of current topics in the sports facility sector with IAKS Germany and ÖISS under the abbreviation D-A-CH (Germany-Austria-Switzerland) in Vienna in autumn 2017
  • FSB 2017 and International IAKS Congress:
    • On one day IAKS Switzerland helped to man the IAKS stand
    • Unfortunately there was no Swiss winner of the 2017 IOC IPC IAKS architecture prizes
    • The Swiss Evening attended by about 50 people was a resounding success
  • Seminar on the lighting and acoustics of sports halls, held at the Tissot Arena in Biel, attended by 80 people and attracting top speakers from Switzerland. Detailed reports can be retrieved on the website www.iaks.ch.

For 2018 the following events are on the agenda:

  • Section trip to Salzburg and Innsbruck from 7 to 10 June 2018
  • Seminar “Sports buildings: from the idea through to operation” on 22 November 2018

The section currently has 112 members.

The annual financial accounts closed again with a small profit and were unanimously approved. The 2018 budget and membership fees for 2019 were approved.

After the General Meeting, Othmar Keller, Head of Events Switzerland, explained in an interesting talk how Nüssli has evolved from a carpenter’s shop into a global player in temporary and modular construction. The company was founded in Hüttwilen in 1941. 20 years later, Nüssli built its first stand in Zug for the Swiss Wrestling and Alpine Festival. Its first international project was the stage for the Pink Floyd “The Wall” concert in Berlin in 1990. Today, the company has over 75 years of experience, 450 staff, 23 locations worldwide and 3 production locations.

In the sports, cultural and business sectors, it erects temporary structures meeting the highest standards of quality, safety and cost-effectiveness. Some examples:

  • Several bridges for the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix
  • Bern municipal playhouse’s theatre cube containing 480 seats (2016)
  • Swiss Wrestling and Alpine Festival in Estavayer (2016). The spectator arena containing 52,000 seats was the world’s biggest temporary stand system ever built.
  • Temporary ice hockey arena in Lausanne (2017)
  • Alpine Skiing World Cup in St Moritz (2017) with stands and camera platforms.

Keller concluded by stating that, given efficient use of new and existing technologies for temporary and mobile systems, high flexibility is achieved coupled with low cost and maximum sustainability.

In the afternoon, those attending were given a tour of the various plant shops by Othmar Keller and Christian Finschi, Managing Director & Head Finance.