Directors of plastics associations around the world have restructured and renamed their international organization to help coordinate events and exchange information globally.
At the International Plastics Association Directors meeting, held in Berlin in late June, members adopted a new name — the Council of International Plastics Associations Directors.
``This name more accurately reflects the new role and mission of the organization ... to be an important player in the global plastics industry'' and to establish an effective conference and communication network among plastics associations directors worldwide, CIPAD said in a statement.
Members elected Claudio Celata, managing director of the Italian industry organization Assocomaplast in Milan, as president.
The group established a new coordinating committee to streamline ties between member directors of national plastics associations. It comprises Roger Kamps, director general of the German organization Verbund Kunststofferzeugende Industrie (VKE); Larry Thomas, president of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington; Haku Izawa, executive director of the Japan Plastics Industry Federation; and CIPAD Secretary General Kari Teppola, managing director of the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation.
Also, a South American representative is to be appointed to the committee at the next meeting, which will be held during the K'98 trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, in October.
Seventeen members representing major trade zones, including Europe, North America, Japan and South Africa, attended the annual meeting. CIPAD plans to enlarge its membership area to take in other Asian countries. Its 1999 meeting will be in Beijing.