SIA AGM & Conference 2023

The 50th Anniversary Solvents Industry Association Annual General Meeting and Conference took place on 13th September at Champney’s Mottram Hall in Cheshire.

Featuring high-quality industry guest speakers from Ricardo, The Royal Society of Chemistry, BASF, NewNormal Consulting, Suttons Tankers and Cefic, more than 100 delegates from 38 companies were present to celebrate 50 Years of the Association.

SIA Chair, Andrew Ford

SIA Chair Andrew Ford kicked off proceedings with the formal Annual General Meeting, which highlighted the activities of the Association from the past 12 months and detailed plans for our activities and initiatives in the coming year.




Jennifer Creek

The first guest speaker was Jennifer Creek, Technical Director and Head of ESG at Ricardo, who addressed Members on ‘Why Materiality Matters for the Chemical Sector’





Nigel Gilhooley

Continuing in the theme of ESG, Nigel Gilhooley, Commercial Manager at Suttons Tankers, gave an insight in the ESG work currently being carried out by Suttons and the challenges facing the haulage industry.




Ian Knibbs



It was clear from the speakers during the day that the Chemical Industry is a fantastic industry to work in and Ian Knibbs of the Royal Society of Chemistry addressed delegates on what companies can do to attract more young people as apprentices and through other initiatives.


Paul Hodges

It wouldn’t be the SIA Conference without an address from the excellent Paul Hodges, of NewNormal Consulting, who gave us a glimpse of how the industry has evolved over the past 50 years, what challenges we face now and what we can expect in the future.







Tony Heslop

Also looking at the future was Tony Heslop, Senior Sustainability Manager with BASF, who told us more about the latest initiatives to reduce the impact of chemical production on the environment and how the industry is progressing on the road to Net Zero.




Marco Mensink

Rounding off proceedings was keynote speaker, Marco Mensink, Director General of Cefic, with a key insight into what the Chemical Industry in Europe might look like and the major challenges faced as we strive to meet net zero targets and tighter regulation.






SIA Chief Executive Andrew Norman said, ‘The 50th Anniversary Conference was the largest that we have ever staged, but the success of the event would not have been possible without the fantastic support of our Members, who continue to make our Association so special’.

‘I would also like to extend a huge thank you to our speakers and guests who took time out from their schedules to join us for our 50th Anniversary celebration’.

Speaker line-up L to R: Geoff Mackey, Tony Heslop, Andrew Ford, Andrew Norman, Marco Mensink, Ian Knibbs, Paul Hodges, Jennifer Creek

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