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CPIA partners with key U.S. plastics associations to form unified “Alliance”

In a move designed to bring a unified voice to North America's plastics manufacturing sector, three major plastics trade associations are formally partnering to represent the industry on the international stage.


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July 11, 2011 by Canadian Plastics

In a move designed to bring a unified voice to North America’s plastics manufacturing sector, three major plastics trade associations are formally partnering to represent the industry on the international stage.

The new North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA) unites the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in the hopes of better tackling what they call “key industry priorities”.  

“The NAPA organization gives us leverage and continuity,” Greg Wilkinson, interim president and CEO of the CPIA, told Canadian Plastics. “The leverage involves the three associations being more effective and efficient by working together on select initiatives. And what we’ve tried to do by formalizing this is ensure continuity for the process so that it will continue, and continue to capture value for our members, when the people at the top change, as they inevitably will.”

In a news release, the CPIA identified four such initiatives – pellet containment, energy recovery, plastics favorability, and industry advocacy – and said that a steering team with member and staff representatives from each association will direct the collaborative programs and initiatives. The team is comprised of Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the SPI; Steve Russell, vice president of plastics with the ACC; and the CPIA’s Greg Wilkinson. Steering team members are Paul Cohen, president of W. Ralston (Canada) Inc., and chair of the CPIA Board of Directors; Jay Cude, president and CEO of Coeur Inc., and vice chair of the SPI Board of Directors; and Glenn Wright, commercial vice president of North America Plastics, The Dow Chemical Company, and chair of the ACC Plastics Division Operating Committee.

An early sign of the merger came at the recent Plast-Ex trade show in Toronto, when the three associations announced a licensing agreement to bring the SPI’s Operation Clean Sweep resin handling program to Canadian resin pellet handling operations. “Bill Carteuax, Steve Russell and I have personal rapport, and this has helped move things along, but the value of working as an single unit to confront certain issues has been obvious for some time,” Wilkinson told Canadian Plastics

“United under a formal structure, our three organizations can maximize our power to successfully serve North American plastics manufacturers and ensure that our industry moves forward with one voice and one vision,” Bill Carteaux said. “Beginning with Operation Clean Sweep, energy recovery and public enhancement of plastics’ favorability, I am confident that together, SPI, ACC and CPIA can expand well beyond the limits of what we would be able to accomplish individually.”