Europump president Luboš Michlík outlines vision for European pump industry

Luboš Michlík became president of the European Pump Association (Europump) in June 2023 following his two-year tenure as vice-president. As president, Michlík is committed to advancing Europump’s mission within the pump sector. “As president of Europump, my focus is to champion the interests of the European pump industry and drive positive change that benefits both our members and society,” said Michlík.

Luboš Michlík, president, Europump

Under Michlík’s leadership, Europump is dedicated to collaborating between industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies to ensure the development and implementation of standards and directives. The association remains engaged in initiatives related to applicable directives, including the eco-design directive, the energy labelling directive, the machinery directive, and the drinking water directive, each of which will have an impact on the pump sector.

For both the technical and standards commissions within Europump, the restriction in use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) materials is of interest. Given their presence in products associated with pump installations, such as sealings, bearings, cable sheaths, coatings, pump inserts and membranes, any restriction must be fully considered, and possible alternatives identified, before any changes come into force.

Europump will also stage its upcoming annual meeting in Windsor, UK, from 22-24 May 2024. Hosted by the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA), the event will bring together industry leaders, experts, and stakeholders to discuss key challenges, opportunities, and emerging trends shaping the future of the European pump industry. “We are delighted to invite our members and partners to join us for the Europump annual meeting, where we will engage in constructive dialogue and exchange ideas to drive innovation and progress within our industry,” added Michlík.

Furthermore, Europump has launched its new website designed to provide members and stakeholders with easy access to information, resources, and industry updates. The website serves as a central hub for news, publications, technical guidance, and events.

An experienced engineer, specialising in sales and project management across the rotating machinery sector, Michlík has held various positions with Czech Republic pump manufacturer — SIGMA group — known for its mid-size, heavy and one-off specialised pumps and pumping sets for a range of industrial applications. He currently holds the position of CEO and member of the board of directors, with responsibility for corporate structure, managing overall business operations, and setting the company’s strategic direction.

As a representative of the Czech pump manufacturers association (CPMA), Michlík has served Europump for many years. He became a council member in January 2019, and chaired the Blueprint Working group before his election as first vice-president in May 2021. He succeeds Vanni Vignoli, CTO at Wateralia and council member of Europump’s Italian association member Assopompe, who held the position for the preceding two years.