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Wood-plastic composite producers unite under CPIA

A new group that will represent the interests of producers of plastic-wood and other natural fibre composites will...


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December 10, 2002 by Canadian Plastics

A new group that will represent the interests of producers of plastic-wood and other natural fibre composites will be chaired by Victor D’Souza, president of Imperial Building Products of Toronto. The Canadian Natural Composites Council (CNCC) will operate within the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) infrastructure. Its mandate will be to advance the prosperity and international competitiveness of the natural composites sector.
"We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us and it will require a strategic and aggressive plan that is capable of successfully piloting us through the sea of opportunity we see before us," D’Souza said. "The formation of this council is both timely and appropriate and I am delighted to be a part of it."
"The market for natural composite products is evolving very quickly in North America and the companies involved in this sector have identified a need for a united voice to represent them in issues that involve market development, trade, training and technology," said Pierre Dubois, president and CEO of CPIA.
Victor D’Souza is chairman of the CNCC and will be assisted by CPIA’s Stephane Baffier, who has been named manager of the CNCC. Baffier also manages the work of the CPIA Composites Council and the CPIA Construction Council.
To help promote and create awareness for the new council, a Marketing Committee, under the chairmanship of Frank Maine, president of Frank Maine Consulting Limited and PSA Inc. of Guelph, Ontario, has been formed. Maine has been recognized as a leader in the field of science and technology-based innovation and has won awards for his work with oriented plastics.
Other founding members of the CNCC, include Avesta Profile Systems, Maple, Ontario; Brite Manufacturing, Bolton, Ontario; Composite Building Products, Barrie, Ontario; GSW Building Products, Barrie, Ontario; Imperial Building Products, Toronto, Ontario; Nexwood Industries, Brampton, Ontario; PSA Inc, Guelph, Ontario.
Membership in the council is open to processors of natural composites, machinery and equipment suppliers and raw material suppliers.