The Solvents Industry Association staged the 31st Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th October.
Delegates and guests from 30 companies attended the event at Mottram Hall in Cheshire, which included topical industry presentations from Cefic, International eChem, Chemicals Northwest and The European Solvents Industry Group.
SIA Chairman Mark Brunt commenced proceedings by launching the latest SIA safety film – Safe Handling and Transportation of Bulk Solvents by Road, which was simultaneously published online via the SIA Website and YouTube.
Dr. Rob Oades, Chair of the SIA Technical Committee followed by presenting the 2016-17 technical work programme and forthcoming SIA projects for 2017-18.
In line with the theme of the work of the SIA, Cornelia Tietz, Secretary General of the European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG), then presented an update of solvent industry activities on a European level over the past 12 months, covering the three cornerstones of Advocacy, Product Stewardship and Communication.
Following on with a fascinating European view of the Brexit process, Marco Mensink, Secretary General of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) delivered a unique insight into the economic climate in Europe and what needs to be done to maintain growth and economic stability post-Brexit.
For the final leg of the afternoon session, John Roche of Chemicals Northwest gave a short presentation of the work of the organisation and the support offered to chemical businesses on a local and national level.
David Hughes, CEO of International eChem, rounded off proceedings with an enlightening view of the decline of global free trade and the challenges facing the chemical industry.
The Solvents Industry Association would like to thank all of the speakers for what made an interesting and informative session.
The evening dinner and entertainment was preceded by presentations of the Annual SIA Golf Trophy to Jon James of Solventis and the Gerald Soane Award for outstanding contribution to Health & Safety (reported separately).
The Chairman’s charity raffle raised a record £645 in aid of the CSF Leaks Association. Nominated by former SIA Chairman Geoff Stamper, who was seriously ill with the condition in 2016, the charity assists and raises awareness of those affected by leakage of cerebrospinal fluid.
The SIA wishes Geoff the best of luck in his retirement at the end of the year.
Further information is available via the CSF Leak website https://www.csfleak.info/
Many thanks to Q Hotels, Alcohols Limited and Hayman Group for generously donating prizes on the night.
For further information on the SIA, please contact Andrew Norman, General Secretary http://www.solvents.org.uk/contact-us/