PlasticsEurope and EuPC, the association of European Plastic Converters, have launched a joint Manifesto on the plastics industry competitiveness in Europe, calling on EU policy makers to join the industry in its efforts to keep a strong plastics sector in Europe. The launch took place at the press conference held prior to the start of PolyTalk 2014, the two-day conference organized by PlasticsEurope in Brussels on November 4-5, under the heading "European Industrial Renaissance...Let's make it happen."
At the press conference, Patrick Thomas, president of PlasticsEurope and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, spoke forcefully about the need for joint action from policymakers and the industry - now. "The plastics industry is an important part of the solution for a circular economy and for a resource efficient Europe," he said. "We need a long term strategy for Europe's re-industrialization that encompasses the plastics sector as a key strategic partner driving innovation and securing transition towards a resource efficient and low carbon economy."