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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Fabio Gargantini on Saturday 26th February 2022. We understand that he had been ill for some time, but his health deteriorated very rapidly last week.

Fabio had been the Secretary General of the European Catering Equipment Association (EFCEM) since 2012. He had been an effective and supportive administrator of the Federation’s work and was a professional and courteous man.

To many, Fabio will be remembered for his work as a professional ‘standards man’. He sat on, or was convenor, of many committees responsible for foodservice equipment and in those roles he contributed to and ran very effective meetings. His expertise spanned electrotechnical and gas work at European and International levels.

More recently he will be remembered for his work in refrigeration, where he was involved in the scoping work for the Eco-design and Energy Labelling Directives. He was the convenor of the TC44 Committee that developed the standard for evaluating the energy performance of professional refrigerated storage cabinets (PRSC) and commercial refrigeration. The PRSC energy label was implemented in 2016 and this has subsequently become an ISO standard.  

Phil Williams, EFCEM President said, “Fabio will be a great loss to our industry and to his friends and colleagues in the sector. He has supported successive Presidents in the role and his knowledge and understanding of catering equipment and its associated standards was unrivalled. He supported the internationalisation of industry standards and he was passionate about their development. We must count ourselves as fortunate to have had the benefit of this services as secretary general of EFCEM over recent years. His vision, knowledge, professionalism and integrity were well respected and acknowledged by all who met him. EFCEM is sad to have lost his contribution to our great work.” 

Keith Warren