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10-24-2013

Federplast.be Appoints New Secretary General

Petri Ven (figure: Federplast.be)

Petri Ven (figure: Federplast.be)

The Board of Federplast.be, the Belgian Association of Manufacturers of Plastic and Rubber Products, has appointed Petri Ven as its new Secretary General. After 30 years in function, Secretary General Geert Scheys will pass the torch to his successor from 1 January 2014 onwards. Petri Ven is already active at Federplast.be as a senior advisor Building and Standardisation.

Petri Ven, 49, has more than 20 years of experience in the metal working and plastics processing industries. Four years ago he joined essenscia, the Belgian federation of the chemical industry, which delegated him to Federplast.be as its senior advisor Building and Standardisation.

“I look forward to managing Federplast.be. It is a great honor for me, but also a big challenge. A challenge, because companies today have to optimize continuously their products, implying more need for consultation and cross-sectorial cooperation for which sector organisations such as Federplast.be are ideally placed”, says Petri Ven.

Federplast.be represents 257 companies of the Belgian plastics and rubber industry. Geert Scheys managed to develop Federplast.be into an umbrella organisation representing both the interests of the plastics and rubber companies, represented by essenscia, the Belgian chemical industry federation, and by Agoria, the Belgian technological industries federation. This collaboration between the 2 federations has created important synergies and more added value.

Over the past few years Federplast.be has changed its focus towards informing its member companies about issues related to its main markets: Packaging, Construction and Automotive. The association has initiated incentives to support the transition towards the use of renewable and recycled raw materials and caring about health and environment issues.

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