Canadian Plastics

CPIA outlines new structure (August 11, 2008)

After a lengthy strategic review, the national board of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has annou...

August 11, 2008   Canadian Plastics

After a lengthy strategic review, the national board of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has announced a final framework for the organization’s restructuring.

Among the developments, the board has decided to make the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) an autonomous unit within CPIA. “By making EPIC an autonomous unitthe intention is to focus the financial investments of our three largest resin members as well as allow companies and organizations to belong to EPIC without being a member of CPIA,” the organization said.

CPIA will also create a new processor-focused unit, designed to incorporate elements of research, training, networking, advocacy, government relations, business and partnership development, and both domestic and global trade promotions.

The organization also pledged to support three councils with the greatest membership: Composites Council, Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada, and the Vinyl Council of Canada. All other councils will be phased out by the end of the year, CPIA said, but also noted that some of the activity of the disbanded councils may continue in the form of working groups or task forces.

Finally, CPIA will close its last remaining regional office in Montreal as a cost-cutting measure, but has not ruled out future use of regionally based staff and consultants.

CPIA will present final details of the plan to its board for ratification in mid-November.

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