28 July 2020
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Italy's APC and Assocamp associations confirm presidents in their 2020 assemblies

At the 2020 general assemblies of the Associazione Produttori Caravan E Camper (APC – the Italian association of motorhome and caravan manufacturers) and Assocamp (the Italian association of RV dealers), Simone Niccolai has been confirmed as president of APC, while at Assocamp, Ester Bordino has replaced Vittorio Dall’Aglio who had chaired the organisation for almost 20 years and has been appointed honorary president.

Simone Niccolai, the CEO of Luano Camp, has been president of APC since February 2017, and prior to that was vice president of the association from 2014. In his three years, Niccolai has accompanied APC in all the most important initiatives, starting with the Salone del Camper, the most important sector fair in Italy that has enjoyed increasing success in recent years.

“First of all, I am very happy and proud to have been confirmed president of the APC and the trust placed in me,” said Niccolai. “We are facing a great challenge against this Covid-19 crisis and the restart will not be easy. However, our sector has already given encouraging signs, with the first post-lockdown data that are a good omen: in May, registrations were on the same levels as in May 2019, while in June we even had a +50 percent compared to June last year. From these numbers we understand that the motorhome industry represents a fundamental and essential engine for the restarting of tourism and of the whole Italian system,” Simone Niccolai continued.

Vittorio Dall’Aglio, who has chaired Assocamp for almost twenty years, has handed over the reins to Ester Bordino.

“First of all, I want to emphasize that what has been done is really thanks to a team that has always rowed in the same direction, showing great attachment to the association and great desire to do,” said Dall’Aglio in his farewell speech, highlighting the fact that most of the current Board started with him in 2001.

“We started with an association that included around 30 percent of the total sales network and we managed to bring the current representation to around 90 percent, so as to allow Assocamp to be truly representative within the sector,” continued Vittorio Dall’Aglio.

During the two decades that Vittorio Dall’Aglio has chaired Assocamp, many projects were completed: from the Technical, Communication, Management and Administrative Seminars to the collaboration on one hand with APC – Caravan and Camper Manufacturers Association and on the other with Confedercampeggio – Italian Campers Confederation.

The creation of the Regional Assocamp was fundamental, as were the videos created “ad hoc” for the pandemic period, viewed by around 800,000 people and seen in full by almost 200,000.

The task of Ester Bordino will now be to further strengthen Assocamp’s initiatives, also in the institutional sphere.

“Someone said that replacing Vittorio is almost impossible, but I will try to put all the effort I am capable of,” said the new president. “We have many programs to carry on, completing those already started and putting new ones into the pipeline. It is an important challenge that I gladly take, knowing that in any case there will be two fundamental people at my side such as Vittorio and Albino, ” Ester Bordino added.

Vittorio Dall’Aglio will not leave Assocamp. The shareholders’ meeting has decided to confer him the position of honorary president. Albino Guatteri has instead been confirmed to the Association Secretariat.