Azelis joins ICTA

Azelis joins ICTA

International chemical distributor Azelis has decided to become a member of ICTA.  Earlier this year CEO Hans Joachim Müller and Head of Group SHEQ Maria Almenar had a meeting with the ICTA secretariat at the Azelis offices near Antwerp.

From now on, Azelis will benefit from ICTA membership, allowing its voice to be heard on global issues and becoming part of the global network. At the same time ICTA, will benefit from Azelis’ expertise and knowledge of the chemical distribution industry.

Azelis is world-class distributor both commercially and with regard to sustainability, as recognized by both Azelis’ RC/RD commitments and its EcoVadis Gold rating. Azelis ensures to provide a safe working environment. It continually improves its operating systems, distribution network and understanding of its products. Azelis aims to surpass legislative requirements and proactively provides the advice to all partners along the supply chain to help them ensure their safety and health, as well as the protection of environment. The company’s sustainable procurement policy covers labor practices and human rights, environment and fair operating practices including due diligence on conflict minerals.

Invitation ICTA General Assembly

Invitation ICTA General Assembly

The next ICTA General Assembly will be organized on Tuesday 11th of June in Sitges, near Barcelona.

During the meeting Mr. Marco Mensink will give a presentation. As the Secretary General of Cefic, he can provide a unique insight in the global and European policy developments concerning the chemical industry. He is known for his valuable and sharp commentary.

Subsequently ICTA will explain its recent progress and goals for the future.

After that, there will be a cocktail reception, kindly sponsored by Edgar Nordmann. Your spouse is also invited to the reception and please feel free to bring any other guests that are active in the chemical distribution industry.

The timing of the program is:
- 14.00 – 17.00 General Assembly
- 17.30 – 19.30 Cocktail Reception

Prior to the General Assembly there will be ICTA meetings of the RC/RD committee (at 10.30) and the Transport & Security committee (at 11.30). If you are interested in joining a committee meeting, please let us know.

The meetings will take place in the Sitges. The ICTA event precede the Fecc Annual Congress, which starts the next day in the ME Sitges Terramar Hotel.
You are requested to arrange your own travel and accommodation. If you decide to stay in the ME Sitges Terramar Hotel, you can make use of the reduced room rates that apply for the participants of the Fecc congress. If you do not intend to attend the Fecc, please contact the ICTA secretariat for obtaining the preferential rate.

Could you let us know (here) whether you will attend the General Assembly and whether you will bring any colleagues? Looking forward to seeing you in Sitges!

ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

The International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) seeks to build further alliances with global chemical distributortrade associations and individual chemical distributors, itssecretary general said.

“We are building bridges between associations in differentcountries, especially in countries with no distribution tradeorganisation,” said Robert Stuyt, secretary general of the ICTA. “Here we can work in the interest of distributors by helpingto bring up safety standards and spreading the importance ofResponsible Care and Responsible Distribution,” he added.

For chemical distributors with operations worldwide, the ICTA can act as their distributor trade group in that country, he noted.

The ICTA operates three working committees – on substance,safety, health and environment (SSHE); transport and security (T&S); and Responsible Care (RC) / Responsible Distribution (RD).
“We support and initiate activities to better develop international chemical trade. If you’re a US distributor that does business in India, and know that a company there iscovered under an ICTA programme, you may be more confident in their operations,” said Stuyt.

The ICTA is building ties with the Indian Chemical Council(ICC) which represents all branches of the chemical industryin the country, from petrochemicals and inorganics to dyes,fertilizers and specialty chemicals.

In 2018, the ICTA and ICC signed a memorandum ofunderstanding (MoU) for cooperation on ResponsibleCare/Responsible Distribution (RC/RD), the global standardfor environmental, health, safety and security performance. “We want to have a joint workforce on RC/RD and holdworkshops where we bring in local and internationalpartners,” said Stuyt.

In 2019, the secretary general also plans to seek ties with the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), the country’s largest producer association.
“We would want to work on RC/RD with them and would aim foran MoU, but it is too early to discuss at this stage,” said Stuyt.

The ICTA works to increase the visibility of the chemical distribution industry at global intergovernmental organisations, and engages with policy makers, journalists and other business associations.

For instance, the ICTA is closely involved in United Nations initiatives such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) where it is involved in developing the post-2020 framework, Stuyt noted.

Stuyt-dame.jpgThe ICTA views itself as the distributors’ version of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) which is an umbrella group for chemical producers. The ICTA has intensified contact with the ICCA on sustainability, the circular economy, RC/RD and other issues, said Stuyt.
Both organisations are also aligning their advocacy messages at intergovernmental organisations, such as UN Environment, he added.

The ICTA’s member associations include the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc), the US-based National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), the Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors (Associquim), Mexico’s National Association of Chemical Industry (ANIQ) and the UK’s Chemical Business Association (CBA), among others.

ICTA also has 19 member companies, including global distributors Brenntag, Univar and Azelis. “Company members gain access to global best practices and knowledge of legaland technical issues,” said Stuyt. “Next to that, they receive early updates on intended global policies and the possibility of influence on the development of those policies. Members also have the opportunity to meet their global peers at ICTA’s biannual events,” he added.

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

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