Who we are

About us

PlasticsEurope is a leading pan-European association and represents plastics manufacturers active in the European plastics industry. The plastics industry in Europe is a vibrant sector that helps improve the quality of life by enabling innovation, facilitating resource efficiency and enhancing climate protection.

In addition to the plastics manufacturers, represented by PlasticsEurope, the plastics industry includes converters, represented by European Plastics Converters (EuPC), recyclers, represented by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), and machine manufacturers, represented by European Plastics and Rubber Machinery (EUROMAP).

PlasticsEurope – one of Europe’s leading trade associations

1.1. business people shutterstock_583320175.pngPlasticsEurope is a leading European trade association, with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We network with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, who are responsible for producing more than 90% of all polymers across the 27 member states of the European Union, plus Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and UK. On a global level, PlasticsEurope actively supports the World Plastics Council (WPC) and the Global Plastics Alliance (GPA). 

PlasticsEurope promotes the numerous benefits of plastics by: 

  • Liaising with European and national institutions in policy matters to encourage decisions based on accurate information
  • Creating alliances with various stakeholders in the plastics value chain and beyond (brand owners, NGOs, academia, …)
  • Raising awareness of the material’s beneficial properties and its positive contributions to sustainable development, innovation and quality of life throughout its life cycle
  • Creating educational resources to provide fact-based information and correct misconceptions 
  • Initiating in-depth scientific studies and sharing experiences to provide valuable knowledge to our members and facilitate continuous enhancements of the benefits provided by plastics.

Organisation


1.1. people meeting shutterstock_226766842.pngPlasticsEurope’s General Assembly is the organisation’s governing body and is made up of its members. A Steering Board guides the Managing Director and Leadership Team on strategy, budget and policy. The Steering Board is supported by Regional Advisory Boards, the Advocacy and Communications Committee and three Strategic Councils, each composed of member companies’ representatives and association’s directors. 

The Leadership Team comprises an Managing Director, Functional Directors and Regional Directors. It develops the organisation’s strategies, drives projects and ensures delivery.

The Steering Board includes the President (currently: Markus Steilemann, COVESTRO), the Vice-Presidents (currently: Rob Ingram, INEOS, Benny Mermans, CHEVRON and Richard Roudeix, LYONDELLBASELL), the Treasurer (currently: Richard Mayo, DUPONT) and other senior representatives of member companies. These are elected for a three-year term with one possible mandate extension (see Steering Board Members list).
 

The Strategic Councils: 

  • Reviews and directs horizontal core activities and keys priorities on:
    • Climate and Production
    • Sustainable Use of Plastics
    • End-of-life and Circularity
  • Develops recommendations and advises on core activities
  • Develops core budget proposals
  • Appoints and dissolves Working Groups deemed necessary for the performance of its remit within the agreed budget.

 

The Regional Advisory Boards (RABs) are chaired by a Steering Board member and:

  • Ensure that the specific needs of individual countries are catered for
  • Implement the core activities
  • Support Product Groups
  • Propose, decide and fund the non-core regional budget as required.
     

The Product Groups are sponsored by a Steering Board member and: 

  • Provide inputs into the Strategic Councils for the core activities
  • Manage issues related to specific to Product Groups
  • Agree and fund the Product Group budget.

 

PlasticsEurope Headquarters
 

Virginia Janssens

Virginia Janssens

Managing Director
PlasticsEurope
David Carroll

David Carroll

Director External Affairs
PlasticsEurope
Sylvie Aitken

Sylvie Aitken

Director Communications
PlasticsEurope
Patricia Vangheluwe

Patricia Vangheluwe

Director Strategic Council - End-of-Life and Circularity
PlasticsEurope
Hervé Millet

Hervé Millet

Director Strategic Council - Climate and Production
PlasticsEurope
Michel Cassart

Michel Cassart

Director Strategic Council - Sustainable Use of Plastics
PlasticsEurope
Mathias Willems

Mathias Willems

Director Finance and Business Services
PlasticsEurope
Brigitte Dero

Brigitte Dero

General Manager
ECVM & VinylPlus
Nicolas Robin

Nicolas Robin

Director Fluoropolymers
PlasticsEurope
Christian Block

Christian Block

Director Styrenics Chain
PlasticsEurope

PlasticsEurope offices

The network of national associations is managed through 3 regional centers and country representative offices.

Ingemar Bühler

Ingemar Bühler

Regional Director – Central Region
PlasticsEurope Deutschland
Alicia Martín

Alicia Martín

Regional Director - Ibérica Region
PlasticsEurope España
 Giuseppe Riva

Giuseppe Riva

Regional Director – Mediterranean Region
PlasticsEurope Italia
Sabine Nadherny-Borutin

Sabine Nadherny-Borutin

PlasticsEurope Austria
Charlotte Delvaux

Charlotte Delvaux

PlasticsEurope Belgium
Eric Quenet

Eric Quenet

PlasticsEurope France
Anna Kozera-Szałkowska

Anna Kozera-Szałkowska

PlasticsEurope Polska
Theo Stijnen

Theo Stijnen

PlasticsEurope Nederland
Adrian Whyle

Adrian Whyle

PlasticsEurope UK

Contact us for more information

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