Red Cavaney a friend to cause of recycling
Red Red Cavaney is a friend and supporter of post-consumer plastic recycling. Red came forward to assist the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers at a time when APR was trying to gain stability. I, in my capacity as chairman of APR, presented the needs of APR to Red and he was cooperative beyond our expectation.
Through Red's leadership, and the financial support of the American Plastics Council, the APR was able to establish an office in APC headquarters in Washington with a full-time manager, Robin Cotchan. It is through Red's leadership that APR enjoys an excellent relationship with the APC staff without compromising our goal to advance plastics recycling.
A true measure of a leader is how one acts under duress. APR and APC have had their disagreements. They were resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. I never once doubted that it was Red's leadership that was behind our continuing relationship. I hope that the qualities that we have found in Red Cavaney will be present in his successor.
World Vinyl Forum a landmark event
Thank you for covering the Sept. 7-9 World Vinyl Forum in Akron so thoroughly. As your readers hopefully could tell, this was a landmark event for the vinyl industry and one we intend to repeat.
I was sorry, however, not to see more coverage given to the entire program, which also included a lot of discussion of such important subjects as sustainability, product stewardship and product innovation. There were also a number of presentations on new product developments.
For the record, Vinyl 2020 was released last year; we have been working since then to build this conference around the themes in it. And, we hope to become a $61 billion industry, not million, as reported.
Robert H. Burnett
Thermoformers seeing more of resin makers
In your Sept. 15 issue featuring the sheet industry, Art Buckel comments that resin suppliers should spend more time with thermoformers. Attendees at the SPE Thermoforming Division Conference in Atlanta were able to see this taking place.
I am pleased to report that thermoformers are quite willing to talk directly with us to share their opportunities. Over 25 percent of this year's conference sponsors were resin companies. We are indeed spending more time with them.
Thomas P. Meehan
Eastman Chemical Co.