Dutch polymer and additive producers, importers and distributors have formed a national group to promote the use and sustainable development of plastics.
The Association of Dutch Plastics Suppliers, or Vereniging van Kunststof Leveranciers (VvKL), formed in October, has 20 member companies representing more than 50 percent of the sector's total annual sales in the Netherlands.
VvKL aims to play an active role on the European scene, working along with the regional Association of Polymer Manufacturers in Europe and other national industry organizations, according to VvKL Chairman Paul Evers.
``It will be a high-profile organization that works closely with the other links in the plastics chain,'' Evers said at the inaugural meeting.
The new association will work with trade groups that represent plastics and rubber processors and chemical companies. It expects to lobby national and European legislators and get involved in matters including training, safety, health and environmental protection.
The new organization, based in Leidschendam, has appointed Harre Lucas to be its director. VvKL can be contacted at tel. + 31 (70) 444-0610 or fax +31 (70) 444-0691.