Three major plastics industry executives from Brazil died July 17 in a Sao Paulo airplane accident that left 186 dead.
Atilio Bilibio, 62, owned Porto Alegre, Brazil-based Medabil Plasticos Ltda. and was a pioneer in Brazil's plastics processing sector. For several years he ran a PVC profile business that merged with Brussels, Belgium-based Tessenderlo Group in 1998 and later was sold to Plasticos Vipal SA of Porto Alegre.
Vitacir Paludo, was vice president of Paludo ParticipaÃ§Ãµes SA, the holding company that controls Vipal.
Guilherme Duque Estrada de Moraes, 64, was executive vice president of the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association, also known as Abiquim. Moraes had been a top executive of Abiquim for 14 years.
While landing, the airplane skidded off the Congonhas Airport runway, crossed over a busy avenue alongside the airport and crashed into a cargo building. The plane was coming from Porto Alegre with 186 passengers. Authorities said no one survived, making the crash the country's worst aviation accident ever.
``This was a tremendous loss for the industry, as a person, a professional and personal friend,'' Merheg Cachum, president of the Brazilian Association for the Plastics Industry (Abiplast), said of Bilibio. Bilibio had been a member of the Abiplast board on several occasions throughout his professional career.