Canada’s plastics and chemicals industry associations to join forces

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC; Ottawa) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA; Mississauga, ON) have announced they will be joining forces to create a new plastics division within the CIAC. Pending CIAC and CPIA board and member approval, the division would be operational in July 2020.

Gears showing partnership

The two associations have a long history of working together. In 2018, CIAC and CPIA and their members jointly announced ambitious waste reduction targets of 100% of plastic packaging being reused, recycled or recovered by 2040 and 100% of plastic packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030. Additionally, they agreed to a broader commitment to Operation Clean Sweep, an international program designed to prevent pellet, flake and powder loss and the potential introduction of pellets to marine environments.

“CIAC and CPIA have very complementary strengths and mandates,” said Joel Rudolph, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Farnell Packaging, and Chair, CPIA Board of Directors. “Combining those strengths will increase our share of voice about urgent plastics issues with important stakeholders at a time when our sector needs the clearest and most unified national voice possible.”

“The chemistry and plastics sectors have a long history of innovation to solve society’s most pressing needs by developing new processes, solutions and products,” said Ed Bechberger, President, ERCO Worldwide, and Chair, CIAC Board of Directors. “Our boards agree that the time is definitely right to come together and facilitate the shift to a circular economy.”

The boards of the two organizations are continuing their due diligence, with the intention of finalizing agreements and recommending confirmation of the transaction by members in Q1 of 2020, with a target closing date of Canada Day 2020 on July 1.

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