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THE WORK OF THE BPF Peter Davis, Director General, Cogent Polymer Leadership Council 30 th January 2008

THE WORK OF THE BPF Peter Davis, Director General, Cogent Polymer Leadership Council 30 th January 2008. The British Plastics Federation. Founded 21st December 1933 to : serve as a strong voice for the UK Plastics Industry, to shape attitudes and focus support

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THE WORK OF THE BPF Peter Davis, Director General, Cogent Polymer Leadership Council 30 th January 2008

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  1. THE WORK OF THE BPF Peter Davis, Director General, Cogent Polymer Leadership Council 30th January 2008

  2. The British Plastics Federation Founded 21st December 1933 to: • serve as a strong voice for the UK Plastics Industry, to shape attitudes and focus support • highlight key issues and work to overcome/resolve industry problems • shape legislation and regulation that could negatively impact the plastics sector • provide timely, concise updates on legislation and regulation – ensuring members are in the best possible position to react to and exploit changes • help UK plastics companies develop business in the UK and overseas • strengthen industry links and create valuable networking opportunities • promote plastics innovation and encourage the use of plastics

  3. BPF Resources • 400+ Member Firms • Income £1.2M : Non-profit making • Full-time central corporate staff -16 • Group Staff – 4 • Access to hundreds of industry experts • London-based ;UK centred but world-wide activity


  5. Harnessing Information, Exchanging Views & EU lobbying

  6. BPF Structure • Around 600 sites covered by BPF direct Membership and affiliated orgs • The BPF is a strong advocate and supporter of the UK Plastics Sector • The BPF Council drive and approve activity ensuring that the product is matched with need Market Sector Groups Auto | E&E | Construction Packaging Central Taskforces Health and Safety Environment | Product Safety Fire | Biodegradables

  7. A Front line of defence The BPF specialises in crisis management , ensuring that misinformation is corrected and that the industry is portrayed in a positive way Press Briefings are prepared whenever a negative story arises for use by the BPF and its members

  8. The Plastics Processing Industry in the UK • Material Processed - 4.8 million tonnes • Plastics materials produced - 2.5 million tonnes • Processor sales turnover - £13.1 billion • Value of direct exports - £3.87 billion • People employed - 185,000 • Over 3,000 primary processors • 7,500 companies in the plastics industry • Plastics industry turnover £19 billion • UK converts 4.8m tonnes polymers & additives p.a. • 25% of plastics products manufactured are exported

  9. UK Application Split For All Plastics

  10. UK Plastics Today • Continuing investment in UK Plastics Industry • Development of intellectual authority: academic centres of excellence • UK design industry world class • Upwards migration of UK industry to higher tech activities • Increasing costs and obligations of lower cost economies • Some business returning to UK • Vulnerability of global supply lines in an increasingly dangerous world • Role of BPF in re-presenting the UK plastics industry as a major global player

  11. Supporting International Growth in 2007 • Arabplast, Dubai, UAE 13th – 16th Jan 2007 • Chinaplas, Guang Dong, China 21st – 24th May 2007 • Plastpol, Kielce, Poland 29th May – 1st June 2007 • Kunststoffe, Dusseldorf, Germany 24th – 31st Oct 2007 • PlastEurasia, Istanbul, Turkey 5th – 9th Dec 2007 Still awaiting grant confirmation for 2008 but are currently considering Iran Plast (Iran), Plastpol (Poland), ASEANPLAS (Malaysia) and Chinaplas (China)

  12. UK – Business Situation For Plastics • Strong growth 8%-9% for building and construction plastics (22% of the market) • Consumer demand levelling off so packaging growth about 2.5% (37% of the market) • Transport – Good growth for plastics in cars and trains. Top UK volume car producers are Japanese • Strong attacks by media and NGO’s on ‘overpackaging’ and plastic bags

  13. Plastic Packaging Under Attack in the UK • General bad publicity from the media and NGO’s like the Women’s Institute on over-packaging, aimed at Retailers • Government’s new Waste Strategy will propose a higher recycling target for plastic and reducing thin shopping bags by 25% by end of 2008 • Confused and contrary policies from the major food retailers on packaging

  14. Major Food Retailers & Packaging (I) • All major food retailers sign an agreement with Government to design out packaging waste growth by 2008, reductions by 2010 • Sainsbury’s wants more bio-degradable and compostable packaging but will put wine into PET

  15. Major Food Retailers & Packaging (II) • Marks & Spencer will use only four plastic types • ASDA/Walmart try ‘bring back’ packaging bins outside stores – a failure • London Councils want no free plastic and paper bags

  16. Action By The Plastics Industry • Individual plastic packaging workshops for each major food retailer • Pro-active briefing on the benefits of packaging for the media • Recycling of PET bottles and HDPE milk bottles being increased • PAFA offer to participate in PM’s ‘Bags Forum’

  17. COMPETITIVENESS • Energy Cost and supply (Inenco, CCL and CRC) • Meeting Skills needs (New Skills Academy) • Taxation (CCL, Supplementary Business Rate, complexity) • Rising Regulatory burden (REACH, employment, pensions, H&S)

  18. Plastics In Construction • Regular contact with ODA. BPF help acknowledged on ‘Wraps’ • ‘Sustainability in Construction’ seminar on 3rd December • 2008 Vinyl 2010 funding from converters • Mid 2008 BRE Green Guide published

  19. Encouraging Innovation - 1 The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is funded by the Department for Business The Polymer Innovation Network (PIN) is one of the largest networks in the KTN PIN provides • Plastics and Rubber expertise • Sign posting for Technical Advice • Funding for Feasibility Projects • Project consortia and development funding guidance

  20. Encouraging Innovation - 2 • The BPF is a partner in the Polymer Innovation Network • Six Spark Awards have been given for joint academia/business projects • A PIN Innovation Seminar was held on 28th November • The PIN website is www.polymerinnovate.com

  21. Climate Change – Plastics Are Part Of The Solution (I) • Plastics only use 4% of the world’s oil • Plastic products are not energy intensive to produce • Plastics are durable and lightweight, saving valuable fuel

  22. Climate Change – Plastics Are Part Of The Solution (II) • EPS Insulation and PVC-U windows and doors save energy in buildings • Modern plastic processing machines use 20-50% less energy compared to 10 years ago • Unrecyclable plastics are a fuel, with a higher calorific value than coal

  23. BPF 1933-200875th Anniversary Celebrations • The longest established plastics association in the world • Founded the same year PE was discovered by I.C.I scientists • The programme will be launched on 13th February 2008

  24. Shrigley Hall Plastics The Industry of Tomorrow: 14th - 15th May 2008 • High profile two day event • Looking towards the future of the plastics industry • Conference Dinner at the Lowry in Manchester • Expected 200 delegates plus 150 for the Dinner • Golf day organised by the PIGS on 13th May

  25. Shrigley Hall: Draft Programme • Future of Plastics - Ray Hammond (Futurologist) • Governmental Perspective on Competitiveness (The Minister for Competitiveness) • Future of Manufacturing - Lord Bhattacharya (University of Warwick) • Meeting Future Skills needs -Joanna Wolf (Cogent) • Future of World Plastics - Mike Smith (CMAI) • Future Manufacturing Systems - Phil Coates (Bradford) • Future of Innovation and Design - Sebastian Conran • Future Advances In Plastics Materials • Future for Construction materials – Michael Ankers (CPA)

  26. Gala Dinner 75th Anniversary Dinner: Fri 24th October 2008 • Annual Event t Royal Lancaster Hotel, London • Typically around 400, expecting 500+ in 2008 • Based around 1930’s theme • Including top class entertainment • High profile after dinner speaker

  27. BPF Events 2008 • 6th March: Effective Credit Management • 3rd April: Employment Law • 30th April: Skills Seminar with Cogent • 1st July: Chemicals Policy: REACH • 9th July: Budget Planning For 2009 • 17th September: Recycling Conference • 24th September: Marketing to Global Customers • 8th October: Plastics in Contact with Foodstuffs • 21st October: Plastics Design • 5th November: PVC Seminar • 3rd December: Plastics in Construction

  28. Sponsors logos for BPF75th Anniversary

  29. Sponsors logos for BPF75th Anniversary

  30. 1933-2008 The British Plastics FederationThe World’s first Plastics Association FIT FOR THE FUTURE

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