MEXICO CITY (June 21, 2:45 p.m. ET) — Argentina's plastics industry chamber, Caip, has secured the presidency of the 14-member Latin American plastics industry association (Aliplast) for the next two years.
Mexico's plastics industry association, Anipac, wanted the top post but had to settle for the first vice presidency at an Aliplast conference in Buenos Aires this week, according to an Anipac spokesman.
In addition to Argentina and Mexico, Aliplast comprises plastics industry associations from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Ecuador's Aseplas (Asociación Ecuatoriana de Plásticos) occupied the presidency previously.
Caip stands for Cámara Argentina de la Industria Plástica, Anipac for Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC and Aliplast for Asociación Latinoamericana de la Industria Plástica.
Agentina and Caip has already served as president of Aliplast twice in the past.
“It's very important to us to have the opportunity again to lead the plastics industry for all of Latin America,” said Sergio Hilbrecht, sub-manager of Caip, from the Argenplas trade show in Buenos Aires. “Our main challenge now will be to improve integration of the industry in member countries in defense of plastics and the environment.”
Hilbrecht also said Caip would like to use Aliplast to work on tech education partnerships with similar entities in Europe, to help Latin American industry members get easier access to the latest technological developments.
Plastics News correspondent Bob Moser contributed to this report.