North American vinyl associations unite
The U.S.-based Vinyl Institute has established a self-funded Canadian business council to represent the interests of vinyl resin and product manufacturers in Canada.
Called the Vinyl Institute of Canada, the new group is designed to expand the representation of vinyl industry interests in North America, including broadening markets for vinyl product sales.
“Vinyl products provide more sustainable and resilient solutions across a wide spectrum of applications, from water infrastructure, to building and construction, to healthcare, among many other applications,” said Vinyl Institute president Dick Doyle. “Bringing both the U.S. and Canadian vinyl associations together under one roof, will enable the North American vinyl industry to more effectively and efficiently advance the industry’s interests.”
The timing of the move was predicated by a number of factors, Doyle continued, including several major shifts in the global economy in the plastics sector, a logistical decision to align with a partner with similar interests and focus, and to blend the two entities into one North American voice on behalf of its members.
The chairman of the Vinyl Institute of Canada is Veso Sobot, director of corporate affairs at Mississauga, Ont.-based IPEX Management Inc. “The vote to propel this alignment was a unanimous vote by members on both sides of the border; clearly an indication that this alignment is not only timely, but is a very much a desired outcome for all of our members across North America,” Sobot said in a statement.
The Vinyl Institute of Canada Board met in the second week of February to establish its new work plans, the statement continued.
Founded in 1982, the Washington, DC-based Vinyl Institute represents the leading manufacturers of vinyl, vinyl chloride monomer, vinyl additives, and modifiers.