Washington — The American Chemistry Council's plastics division has picked up two new members, Bayport Polymers LLC and Celanese Corp., with both saying they're joining the group to advance industry sustainability goals.
The addition of the two companies brings the plastics division's membership to 18 companies and the Vinyl Institute. As environmental pressures around waste and recycling have increased on the industry, the division has been expanding — it added Shell and Americas Styrenics as members last year.
The head of Bayport, also known as Baystar, noted sustainability goals in an ACC statement announcing its decision to become part of the group.
“Baystar looks forward to joining other leading U.S. plastics producers in working to advance the sustainability of the plastics industry and strengthen the circularity of the essential products and materials we provide,” said President Diane Chamberlain.
Similarly, Mark Murray, vice president of global sales engineered materials at Celanese, said that firm was joining the division as “a tangible way we can demonstrate our corporate values of being sustainable and improving the world.”
Steve Russell, the head of the plastics division, said the membership growth “confirms resin producers' confidence in our strong, strategic focus and ability to deliver value through market facing programs and best-in-class advocacy.”