PlasticsEurope, l’associazione europea dei produttori di materie plastiche, uno dei principali punti di riferimento a livello europeo. Quello della plastica, in Europa, è un settore vivace che contribuisce a migliorare la qualità della vita promuovendo l'innovazione, semplificando l’impiego efficiente delle risorse e migliorando la protezione dell'ambiente.
Oltre ai produttori di materie plastiche, rappresentati da PlasticsEurope, del settore della plastica fanno parte i trasformatori, rappresentati da European Plastics Converters (EuPC), i riciclatori, rppresentati da European Plastics Recyclers (PRE), e i produttori delle macchine, rappresentati da European Plastics and Rubber Machinery (EUROMAP).
PlasticsEurope: una delle associazioni di categoria leader in Europa
PlasticsEurope è l'associazione europea dei produttori di materie plastiche con uffici a Bruxelles, Francoforte, Londra, Madrid, Milano e Parigi. Opera in collaborazione con le associazioni nazionali dei produttori di materie plastiche e rappresenta oltre 100 imprese associate che producono più del 90% dei polimeri nei 28 Paesi della UE oltre a Norvegia, Svizzera e Turchia. PlasticsEurope collabora inoltre, a livello internazionale, con la World Plastics Council (WPC) e la Global Plastics Alliance (GPA). Obiettivo principale di queste collaborazioni è trovare soluzioni al problema del marine litter nel mondo. PlasticsEurope inoltre, lavora a stretto contatto con le associazioni nazionali della plastica nel mondo (PLASTICS US, ACC/Plastics division, PWMI, PAGEV, Plastics SA, …).
PlasticsEurope promuove i numerosi vantaggi delle materie plastiche:
Collaborando con le Istituzioni europee e nazionali sulle questioni politiche per promuovere decisioni basate su informazioni puntuali
Creando alleanze con i vari soggetti della filiera delle materie plastiche e non solo (proprietari di marchi, ONG, Università, ...)
Accrescendo la consapevolezza sui benefici delle materie plastiche e sul loro contributo positivo a sviluppo sostenibile, innovazione e qualità della vita durante l’intero ciclo di vita
Realizzando materiali informativi per una comunicazione corretta, basata sui fatti
Conducendo studi di carattere scientifico, approfonditi, e condividendo le proprie esperienze per fornire agli associati informazioni preziose così da facilitare i miglioramenti continui offerti dalle materie plastiche.
PlasticsEurope è presieduta dall’Assemblea generale delle imprese associate. Lo Steering Board impartisce le sue direttive all’Executive Director e al Leadership Team su questioni riguardanti la strategia, il budget e temi di carattere politico. Lo Steering Board è sua volta sostenuto dai Regional Advisory Board e dal Coordination Committee, costituiti dai rappresentanti delle aziende associate e dai direttori delle associazioni.
Il Leadership Team, composto dall’Executive Director, dai Functional e Regional Director, ha il compito di proporre le strategie, individuare ed implementare i progetti e assicurarne l’attuazione.
Dello Steering Board fanno parte il Presidente (attualmente: Markus Steilemann, COVESTRO), il Vicepresidente (attualmente: Rob Ingram, INEOS, Benny Mermans, CHEVRON e Richard Roudeix, LYONDELLBASELL), il Tesoriere (attualmente: Richard Mayo, DUPONT) e altri rappresentanti senior delle aziende associate. Queste figure sono elette per un periodo di tre anni con la possibilità di un ulteriore mandato (guarda l'elenco dei componenti dello Steering Board).
Il Coordination Committee:
Valuta e indirizza priorità e progetti
Fornisce una consulenza strategica sui principali programmi
Sviluppa proposte di budget
Nomina e scioglie i Gruppi di lavoro necessari per l'adempimento delle proprie competenze nell’ambito del budget concordato.
I Regional Advisory Board garantiscono che vengano prese in considerazione le specifiche esigenze nazionali.
I Regional Group sono presieduti da un rappresentante dello Steering Board e:
Portano le specifiche esigenze nazionali all’interno del Coordination Committee
Implementano i principali progetti
Supportano i Product Group
Propongono, decidono il budget a livello regionale.
I Product Group sono sponsorizzati da un rappresentante dello Steering Board e:
Forniscono il proprio input al Coordination Committee relativamente alle principali attività
Gestiscono le questioni relative ai Product Group
Approvano e finanziano il budget dei Product Group.
PlasticsEurope - Sede di Bruxelles
Virginia Janssens joined PlasticsEurope as Managing Director on 16 March 2020. Virginia has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) since 2012. Prior to joining EUROPEN in January 2010 as EU Affairs Manager, Ms Janssens acquired considerable experience in the Brussels arena working both as a public affairs and public relations consultant for various clients coming from the environment, food, chemical and energy sectors. Ms Janssens obtained a Master’s Degree in Political & Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a second Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management at the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.
Director Finance and Business Services
Arnaud Scaramanga joined PlasticsEurope on 1 September as Finance and Business Services Director.
Arnaud is a finance and administration professional with over 15 years managerial experience gained within international membership associations.
Arnaud is responsible for all finance, IT and HR matters, as well as legal and competition compliance. He is leading the Finance and Business Services day-to-day operations as well as the related development and implementation of internal policies and processes. This includes current and future digitalization strategies to further support the transformation of our Association.
Arnaud previously worked for ENTSO-E, an organisation developing pan-European engineering designs and software developments in the frame of the energy transition.
Director External Affairs
David Carroll was appointed to the new position of Director External Affairs and joined PlasticsEurope on 1 May 2020. David brings expertise in coordinating and implementing Brussels and pan-European governmental affairs campaigns. David has worked with different parts of the plastics industry for almost all of his career, and has seen how the industry has transitioned to a new circular vision. David worked for five years at Hill + Knowlton and four and a half at Teneo. His main area of focus with Teneo was on helping companies, governments and trade associations facing challenging external issues with strategic positioning.
Sylvie Aitken joined PlasticsEurope on 15 June 2020 as Director Communications. Sylvie has over 15 years’ experience in corporate and public affairs communications (both in-house and agency). She has successfully led the creation and execution of integrated communication strategies, profiling business (Boeing, Mondelez, FoodDrinkEurope, e-Pure) and civil society innovators (World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), The Ocean Cleanup, Oxfam) from thought leadership initiatives, on and offline engagement programmes, brand repositioning, to building strategic coalitions and partnerships - showcasing their contribution to the EU’s policy agendas.
Director Strategic Council - End-of-Life and Circularity
Dr Patricia Vangheluwe graduated from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1984 with a PhD in Organic Chemistry, followed by a post-Doctorate at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). She also holds a master degree in Controllership from the Vlerick Management School (Ghent, Belgium).
She joined Shell in 1989 and held various positions from manager to Senior Vice President in Shell, Montell, Basell and LyondellBasell in the fields of research, marketing, strategy, communications and human resources. She worked in Belgium, Germany, South America and South Africa and travelled extensively around the world.
In October 2010 she joined PlasticsEurope to lead their pan-European Technical Department. Together with expert teams, she manages and coordinates the scientific content to support the association’s mission.
As of May 2020 Patricia will take the role of Director Strategic Council – End-of-Life and Circularity.
Director Strategic Council - Climate and Production
Hervé spent 22 years within the Solvay group in various business and service functions. In 2010, he joined PlasticsEurope in Paris as Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the West Region and as European project manager for Fire safety. Late 2014, he took the additional responsibility to manage the Waste Management topic of the association at European level (recently taking the chairmanship, on behalf of PlasticsEurope, of the Monitoring Working Group of the Circular Plastics Alliance).
Director Strategic Council - Sustainable Use of Plastics
Michel joined Total in ‘95 as a technical service engineer. For more than 20 years, Michel build up industrial experience in Plastics by holding various management positions in R&D, Customer Services, Polymer Production Process, Business Management & Business strategy. In 2016, he joined PlasticsEurope to coordinate Food Contact, REACH activities and certain sector groups.
ECVM & VinylPlus
Belgian-born, Patrick d’Hose is the Financial Director of PlasticsEurope. He received his Masters degree in Business and Financial Sciences in 1978 (ICHEC) followed by Masters in Business and Consular Sciences (HEC St-Louis) and one in Labor Sciences (UCL). Up to April 2007, Patrick was the Financial Controller of a Strategic Business Unit within the Solvay Group.
Active in politics after the university he became a councillor for Wezembeek-Oppem in 1983 for 18 years and was CPAS-OCMW councillor for the district from 2001 to 2006.
Patrick chaired the Financial ExecutiDr. Brigitte Dero holds a PhD in Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the University of Brussels (ULB) in Belgium. Early in her career she worked for a special programme of the World Health Organisation on tropical diseases before moving to the metals industry to work in the occupational health, safety and environment arenas and, subsequently, on waste management and recycling.
In June 1999 she joined the European Chemical Industry Council as a sector group manager and was appointed director of the plastic additives department in December 2001. At this position Brigitte managed a team of Technical managers and Communication counsellors and developed in-depth knowledge of PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, flame retardants, antioxidants and food contact additives.
In December 2011 Brigitte became general manager of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and developed knowledge of resin manufacturing. ECVM operates in Brussels under the umbrella of PlasticsEurope and consists of 5 companies in the PVC business. In 2011, she also became deputy-general manager of VinylPlus, the legal body in charge of the implementation of the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry.
In January 2014 she became general manager of VinylPlus the umbrella under which 200 companies from the PVC value chain (resin, chemical additives, and plastic converters) work together to increase the sustainability performance of PVC.
In 2012 she registers VinylPlus in the UN Registry of Commitments and engaged VinylPlus with UNEP/UNIDO. IN 2013, VinylPLus became a member of the UNIDO/UNEP Green industry platform, a global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership to mobilise action on Green Industry around the world.
Since 2012 she is the chairperson of the Global Vinyl Council composed of worldwide Regional Vinyl Associations (Asia-Pacific, US, Japan, India, South Africa, South America, Europe).
She is Belgian, born in 1960, she is married and has two sons. Brigitte is passionate by science & sustainability, women in chemistry & education. She supports the ‘Women in Green industry chapter’ of UNIDO/UNEP. es Institute of Belgium (www.FEIB.be), the Belgian CFOs association, from 1997 to 2006. Board member of the European Federation of Financial Executives Institutes (www.EFFEI.eu) he became Chairman in 2015. EFFEI is representing through the national Financial Executives Institutes, 25.000 CFOs, Finance Directors and Controllers in Europe.
In 2014, Patrick was elected in the Board of Directors of the Federation of International Associations in Belgium (www.FAIB.org) which gives support and connects international associations in Belgium.
Passionate about heraldry, he was Board member of l’Office Généalogique et Héraldique de Belgique (1983-2013) and of l’Association Royale des Descendants des Lignages de Bruxelles. He is married with 5 children.
For 25 years, Nicolas has been involved in French and European politics – both as an actor, and also as an observer of the often complicated and Byzantine world of how Brussels functions. He has a track record of successfully shaping public policy at the EU and national levels on energy, environment and reputation issues. Prior to his role in PlasticsEurope, Nicolas worked as in-house PA director for leading glass packaging company, general secretary for electronic and payment system trade associations and manager of Brussels based PA consulting firms.
Director Styrenics Chain
Dr Christian Block joined PlasticsEurope on 15 April 2016 as new Director Styrenics Chain, succeeding Eric Faes.
He has German nationality and holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cologne University.
Before joining PlasticsEurope, Christian held various management positions at Henkel and AISE, and until recently, was the Head of Technical & Regulatory Affairs at Colgate-Palmolive.
Regional Director – Central Region
Ingemar Bühler joined PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V. and serves as Managing Director and Regional Director Central Europe. Ingemar was born in Leverkusen in May 1981. He earned a master’s degree in international politics at the University of Erlangen. In addition, he earned a global business diploma and several executive certificates in the area of strategy development and negotiation at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and at the LSE. During his studies he also worked at several renowned think tanks, including the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, SWP, SNV, Chatham House and the foreign office. Ingemar is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.
Ingemar joined the corporate world in 2009 and worked first as a project manager and executive management support at Bayer AG HQ, prior to leading its newly established international advocacy team. In 2014 he moved to Bayer’s agricultural business division as head of strategy, executive and financial communications. From 2016 to 2019 he was executive management support and chief of staff of the global public affairs team, before taking over responsibility as head of public affairs & sustainability in Germany with additional responsibilities for EU affairs.
Ingemar is married and father of two daughters.
Regional Director - Ibérica Region
Alicia Martín holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Salamanca, and has two master's programs, one in Advanced Specialization in Plastics and Rubber from the CSIC and the other in Quality Management from the Spanish Quality Association. In addition, she has been trained in the Development of Leadership Competencies at the IESE Business School in Barcelona.
During her professional career in the industry, Alicia has held different management and leadership positions at PlasticsEurope in the areas of sustainability, consumer protection and product stewardship, both at national and European level. In addition, during the last three years she has collaborated with two multinational companies in the plastics sector, Dow and Repsol, in the implementation of their sustainability and circular economy strategies.
Regional Director – Mediterranean Region
Giuseppe Riva graduated from the University of Milan in 1971 with a Degree in Industrial Chemistry. Over the next ten years Giuseppe worked in the research and marketing departments of various chemical companies. In 1981, he joined Montedison and later assumed responsibility for Montedison’s office in Prague. Giuseppe returned to Montedison’s headquarters in Milan in 1988, as assistant to the President of Ferruzzi Europa and Federchimica. He moved to EniChem/Polimeri Europa in 1991 to manage Strategic Studies and Competition Analysis. In January 2000, Giuseppe joined the Internal Relations department of Federchimica. Since 2004 Giuseppe has been Regional Director for PlasticsEurope Italy.
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