Articles of Association of ePaper Industry Alliance

 

Chapter I General Rules

    Article 1 "ePaper" refers to a kind of bistable display technology that does not emit light by itself, relies on natural light reflection imaging and can maintain the image in batteryless operation.

    Article 2 The name of this alliance is "ePaper Industry Alliance" (EPIA). The secretariat of the EPIA was established in the Shanghai Yangtze River Delta ePaper Industrial Technology Promotion Center. More information can be found at www.ePaperIA.com.

    Article 3 The EPIA is a cross-industry, professional, open and non-profit social organization out of free will formed by the enterprises, public institutions, social organizations, institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutes, independent natural persons, etc. related to the ePaper industry on the basis of voluntariness, equality, mutual benefit and cooperation.

    Article 4 There are no geographical and national status restrictions for members of the EPIA. As long as the laws and regulations of China are complied with, any enterprise, public institution or individual that meets the conditions for membership in the Articles of Association and is willing to comply with it can submit an application for membership in the EPIA.

    Article 5 On the premise of complying with various industrial policies, laws and regulations in China, the EPIA should be market-oriented and enterprise-oriented, and unite all members of the EPIA to: Build an ecological platform for the ePaper industry chain; Promote the innovative application of ePaper in various industries; Hand over the provincial and municipal industrial projects of ePaper in various fields; Lead the industry of paperless innovation and application to participate in the formulation of national and global standards; Popularize the value of ePaper for eye health, green and environmental protection, low carbon, and energy conservation to the public and bear relevant social responsibilities; Unite with relevant government functional agencies to support and implement the industrial policies related to the application of ePaper; Serve all enterprise members of the EPIA; Lead the healthy and orderly development of the ePaper industry.

 

Chapter II Work Content of the EPIA

    Article 6 Main work of the EPIA includes:

        (I) Expand the brand communication and industrial influence of ePaper in the government, industries, enterprises and the public, improve the ePaper industry chain, and build an industrial ecological platform;

        (II) Organize ePaper industrial summits, developers’ conferences, seminars, technical lectures, academic seminars, etc., so as to actively promote the innovative exchange and application of ePaper in all walks of life. Through this platform, member units can share information and trainings, exchange ideas and cooperate, and promote the effective use of industrial resources. Contact relevant domestic and overseas exhibitions, organize member units to collectively participate in the exhibition, and provide relevant planning and online and offline communication services for member units;

        (III) Undertake project evaluation and technical consultation of enterprises, industries and city-level projects; connect with corresponding government organs and units or demanders in various fields; and promote pilot demonstration and application of the ePaper industry. In addition, undertake or connect with city-level large-scale industrial projects based on specific needs;

        (IV) Organize industry member units to formulate relevant enterprise standards, group standards, industrial standards, national standards and international standards, and make up for the standard gap of ePaper technology and application in various fields. Lead and promote the industry certification of ePaper-related products and establish the quality inspection system;

        (V) Reflect the wishes and requirements of the ePaper industry to the government departments concerned. Carry out surveys of the ePaper industry and research on the development direction of the ePaper industry; propose advice on the medium and long-term development plans; and assist in the preparation and formulation of industrial development plans and economic and technological policies, so as to provide reference for the decision-making of the government departments, and strive for and use the relevant project funds of the government;

        (VI) Organize the member units to collect and sort, count and analyze basic industrial data, technical intelligence and economic data, and compile industrial reports on a regular basis;

        (VII) Establish, edit and operate online media of the ePaper industry, then utilize media to introduce the latest industrial trends, domestic and foreign technological development, new technologies, new processes, new products, demonstration projects and solutions, spread the ePaper brand and promote industrial technological progress;

        (VIII) Assist member units to solve industrial problems encountered in the developing and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of members;

        (IX) Undertake other matters entrusted by government and enterprise units inside and outside the EPIA.

    Article 7 The main work content of the EPIA will be adjusted accordingly with the overall development stage of the industry, and such adjustments will be published on the official website of the EPIA at that time.

 

Chapter III Members of the EPIA

    Article 8 The EPIA is composed of unit members and individuals.

    Article 9 Members who apply to join the EPIA must meet the following conditions:

        (I) Enterprises and public institutions, social organizations, institutions of higher learning and scientific research institutions must be legally registered, and individuals must hold a professional degree in a certain field and have no criminal record;

        (II) Support the Articles of Association of the EPIA and willingly join the EPIA;

        (III) Be relevant to the industry of the EPIA in their unit business or personal professional fields;

        (IV) Fulfill their obligations and actively participate in the activities organized by the EPIA.

    Article 10 The enrollment procedures are as follows:

        (I) Submit an application for membership to the EPIA Secretariat;

        (II) After the preliminary review by the EPIA Secretariat, the application shall be submitted to the Routine Council;

        (III) The application will be reviewed and approved by the Routine Council;

        (IV) An applicant will become a member of the EPIA after performing corresponding procedures.

    Article 11 The members of the EPIA include honorary member units, ordinary member units, council units, vice president units and president units, and are entitled to the following rights respectively:

Honorary member units:

        (I) Have free access to the unified information released by the EPIA to all members;

        (II) Enjoy paid services provided by the EPIA;

Ordinary member units:

        (I) Have free access to the unified information released by the EPIA to all members;

        (II) Free participation in the conference organized by the EPIA to all members;

        (III) Release ePaper-related products and industry news on the EPIA website for free;

        (IV) Enjoy paid services provided by the EPIA at a preferential price;

        (V) Have the right to participate in the general meeting of members of the EPIA, supervise and participate in material events following the rules of the Articles of Association of the EPIA.

    Council units: In addition to the above rights of ordinary members, they are also entitled to the following rights:

        (I) Recommend a representative to serve as a council and participate in the voting of the Council and the Council of the EPIA;

        (II) Participate in the work team established by the EPIA and propose the persons in charge of the work team;

        (III) Free participation in the special topic exchange seminar organized by the EPIA;

        (IV) Free access to the exhibition stands of the EPIA Industrial Summit;

        (V) Provided with the independent corporate image leaflet and enterprise introduction pages on the EPIA Industrial Blue Book Yearbook;

        (VI) Have access to the independent interview on the Star Enterprise column of the EPIA portal;

President and vice president units (including co-sponsors): In addition to the above rights of the council unit, they are also entitled to the following rights:

        (I) Nominate candidates for the president, vice president, secretary general and vice secretary general;

        (II) Participate in the decision-making of major development strategies of the EPIA;

        (III) Recommend the persons in charge of the work team established by the EPIA;

        (IV) The president and the co-sponsor have an additional seat of the Council;

        (V) Given priority in the promotional activities carried out by the EPIA.

    Article 12 In principle, the organization structure of the EPIA is elected by democratic vote.

        (I) According to the requirements of its rights and obligations, ordinary member units can independently apply for the position of council unit and voluntarily assume the obligations of the council unit;

        (II) According to the requirements of its rights and obligations, the council units and typical representative ordinary member units can apply for the position of vice president units and voluntarily assume the obligations of vice president units, and such vice president units can only be elected after the approval of more than two thirds of the members of the council meeting;

        (III) The first president unit is elected by the co-sponsoring units for a term of two years;

        (IV) The first vice president unit is decided by the co-sponsoring units;

        (V) The council unit, vice president unit and president unit shall send representatives to attend the general meeting of the EPIA. If they do not attend the meeting for three consecutive times, they will be automatically demoted.

    Article 13 The member shall perform the following obligations:

        (I) Abide by the Articles of Association of the ePaper Industry EPIA and implement its resolutions;

        (II) Make every effort to maintain the rights and reputation of the EPIA, exhibit no conduct that may damage the industrial reputation or encroach on the customer's interests in the name of the EPIA;

        (III) Complete the information submission as well as other tasks entrusted by the EPIA, and actively participate in various activities organized by the EPIA;

        (IV) Prohibited from disclosing details of cooperation rules of the EPIA and issues of internal discussion before official release to the public;

        (V) Designate a special person to be responsible for communicating with the EPIA Secretariat to facilitate the daily work;

        (VI) In the process of carrying out the activities of the EPIA, the presidents and vice president units should assume more obligations than the council units and ordinary members, provide support for the relevant activities and financing of the EPIA, and assist the EPIA in carrying out various work;

    Article 14 Withdrawal of the members

        (I) Members can withdraw from the Association freely, but must notify the Secretariat of the Association in writing. The Secretariat shall inform the members of the EPIA Council and publicize it on the EPIA website.

        (II) If a member unit is disqualified from business license by other administrative departments due to major violations of laws and disciplines, its membership shall be automatically canceled and publicized on the EPIA website.

        (III) In case of any serious violation of the Articles of Association, the members shall be removed from the list and publicized on the website of the EPIA after approval by two thirds of the members of the Council present at the meeting.

        (IV) The withdrawing member shall return the membership certificate within ten working days from the date of submitting the withdrawal application.

 

Chapter IV Organization Structure of the EPIA

    Article 15 The organization structure of the EPIA includes: General Meeting of Members, Expert Committee, Council and Routine Council. The Council consists of the Secretariat.

    Article 16 All members of the EPIA constitute the General Meeting of the EPIA, which is the highest authority of the EPIA. I Its main functions and powers are as follows:

        (I) Deliberate the Articles of Association and subsequent revisions of the EPIA;

        (II) Deliberate the development plan and work policies of the EPIA;

        (III) Deliberate the work reports of the Council;

        (IV) Decide on the change and termination of the EPIA;

        (V) Decide other important matters.

    Article 17 The general meeting of members can be held only when more than half of the members' representatives are present (including the online meeting attendance form), and the resolutions of the meeting can take effect only after more than two thirds of the members present vote.

    Article 18 The members of the Expert Committee shall be selected and appointed by the Council, and are composed of well-known technical experts, industrial experts, policy experts, etc. in various fields of technology and application, and they have the following powers and functions:

        (I) Provide professional consultation and guidance for the development and decision-making of major events of the EPIA;

        (II) Put forward suggestions on the initiation of major research projects of the EPIA, and be responsible for the demonstration and review of major projects and technical control of other tasks;

        (III) Provide advice and suggestions for the decision-making of the Council;

        (IV) Provide experts and advice to the members of the EPIA.

    Article 19 The Council is the executive body of the General Meeting. It leads the EPIA to carry out its daily work and is responsible for the General Meeting. Its main functions and powers are:

        (I) Implement resolutions of the Membership Representative Assembly;

        (II) Formulate the Articles of Association and subsequent revisions of the EPIA;

        (III) Nominate, elect, appoint and remove the president, vice president, secretary-general and vice secretary-general, and decide on the council units;

        (IV) Decide on the appointment of the directors and deputy directors of the Expert Committee;

        (V) Decide the enrollment and removal of members;

        (VI) Formulate an annual report on the work of the EPIA and report to the general meeting of members;

        (VII) Formulate the development plan and work policies of the EPIA;

        (VIII) Decide on the establishment of the Work Team of the EPIA;

        (IX) Supervise and guide the work of the EPIA's Secretariat, listen to and review the work report of the Secretariat;

        (X) Supervise the use of EPIA funds and project implementation;

        (XI) Decide other important matters.

    Article 20 The Council shall be attended by more than two thirds of the directors, and its resolution will take effect only upon a vote of approval by two thirds of the present directors. The Council Meeting shall be held at least once a year, and it may be held in an online format in special circumstances.

    Article 21 The EPIA has a Routine Council, and the president, vice president, secretary-general and vice secretary-general are members of the Routine Council. When the Council is in adjournment, the Routine Council shall exercise the functions and powers of Article 23 (I) and (V) and is responsible to the Council.

    Article 22 The first president and vice president shall be designated by the co-sponsoring units of the EPIA, then shall be nominated by the Routine Council and elected by the Council; the EPIA can select additional vice presidents based on its developmental needs. The number of additional presidents will be determined by the Routine Council, and the candidates will be nominated by the vice president unit and elected by the Council.

    Article 23 The EPIA sets up a Secretariat, which serves as a standing executive office for daily affairs, and sets up a secretary-general and a vice (executive) secretary-general under the leadership of the president. The first secretary-general and vice (executive) secretary-general of the EPIA shall be designated by the first president, then shall be nominated by the Routine Council and elected by the Council, and their main functions and powers are as follows:    

        (I) Implement the resolutions of the Council and the Routine Council, and be responsible for organizing, managing and coordinating various tasks of the EPIA;

        (II) Responsible for the preparation and holding of the General Assembly Meetings, Council Meetings and Routine Council Meetings under the EPIA;

        (III) Draft the annual work plan of the EPIA and organize its implementation;

        (IV) Responsible for processing applications for joining and withdrawing from the EPIA;

        (V) Responsible for organizing cooperation projects between the EPIA and the government, enterprises and other institutions;

        (VI) Take charge of media publicity, exhibition promotion, exchange and discussion;

        (VII) Take charge of handling other matters assigned by the assembly, Council and Routine Council of the EPIA.

 

Chapter V Assets Management and Use Principles

    Article 24 The funding sources of the EPIA are as follows:

        (I) Donations and subsidies from member units or individuals of the EPIA;

        (II) Funds from national/provincial/local governments;

        (III) Revenue from activities or services within the approved business scope;

        (IV) Interest from bank deposits or wealth management;

        (V) Other legitimate incomes.

    Article 25 The funds of the EPIA shall be used to cover the daily office expenses of the Secretariat and the expenses of other affairs of the EPIA.

    Article 26 The funds shall be under the unified management of the EPIA Secretariat and separately accounted for in the affiliated units of the Secretariat, following the principle of unified management and earmarked funds, and shall not be used outside the scope specified by the EPIA.

    Article 27 The asset management of the EPIA shall be carried out in accordance with the financial management system stipulated by the state, and shall be subject to the supervision of the superior competent department, the general assembly, the financial department and the audit department.

    Article 28 Any unit or individual is prohibited from encroaching upon, pocketing or embezzling the assets of the EPIA.

    Article 29 When using the funds of the EPIA, the Secretariat shall, in accordance with the relevant provisions and instructions of the EPIA General  Assembly, publish the list of fund use to the members of the EPIA and submit a report on an annual basis.

    Article 30 The ownership and use of the intellectual property rights and standards formed in the activities of the EPIA shall be in accordance with the relevant provisions of the state.

 

Chapter VI Amendment Procedures of the Articles of Association

    Article 31 Amendments to the Articles of Association shall be voted on by the Council, and shall be submitted to the General Meeting of Members for deliberation after being approved by more than two thirds of the members.

 

Chapter VII Termination Procedure and Later Property Disposal

    Article 32 After the EPIA has completed its tenet or dissolved itself, the Council or the Routine Council shall propose a motion for termination.

    Article 33 If the EPIA wishes to terminate the motion, it must be approved by the General Assembly and reported to the Steering Committee for review and approval.

    Article 34 A liquidation group shall be established under the instruction of competent organs before termination of the EPIA, to settle debt rights and debts and deal with other matters. No activities other than liquidation shall be carried out during the liquidation period.

    Article 35 The residual property after the termination of the EPIA shall be used for the development of undertakings related to the purposes of the EPIA in accordance with relevant state rules.

 

Chapter VIII Supplementary Provisions

    Article 36 The Articles of Association shall come into force after being passed by more than two thirds of the members present at the meeting.

    Article 37 The interpretation of the articles of association belongs to the EPIA.