3 March 2009 - New lead for PlasticsEurope’s Communications and Advocacy

Effective 1 March 2009, Jean-Pierre De Grève is the new leader of PlasticsEurope’s Competence Centres Advocacy and Communications. De Grève who comes from ECVM where he will be succeded by Dr. Helmuth Leitner was also appointed Deputy Executive Director.

PlasticsEurope’s current re-organisation addresses two key areas of improvement. On the one hand, by merging the Competence Centres of Advocacy and Communications, synergies will be increased. On the other hand, by offering requested services to the Product Groups, synergies between them and PlasticsEurope’s Competence Centres will be further strengthened. To support this, some more organisational changes will be implemented. Leonie Knox-Peebles is to lead the European Advocacy Team while Chris Welton will lead the European Communications Team.

As before, Jens Michael Poulsen leads the Competence Centre Consumer & Environmental Affairs and Patrick d’Hose the Competence Centre Finances and Administration. Both of them as well as Jean-Pierre De Grève are part of the association’s Leadership Team, as well as the representatives of the five regions and the Executive Director Wilfried Haensel.

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Editors' note:

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centers in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links: www.plasticseurope.org, www.plasticsconverters.eu, www.euromap.org