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ICTA opens door for cooperation with Indian chemical industry

ICTA opens door for cooperation with Indian chemical industry

With one of the largest chemical production industries worldwide and a fast growing home market, India is increasingly interesting for ICTA members. At the same time, the Indian chemical distribution market faces challenges relating to safe working conditions, corruption and environmental pollution.

In order to help its members to be successful on the Indian market, ICTA has signed a formal agreement of cooperation with the Indian Chemical Council (ICC). In the agreement, both parties have expressed their commitment to jointly drive improvements in health, safety, product stewardship, security and environmental impacts of chemical products along the supply chain. They will also coordinate their positions when representing the interests of the global chemical distribution industry.

This year Robert Stuyt presented at the ICC Annual Conference on the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods. Next year he will give another presentation to introduce ICTA and its members. ICTA and ICC will jointly determine in the coming months on how to further shape this cooperation.

The ICC was established in 1938 and is dedicated to the growth and promotion of both the chemical production and the chemical distribution industry in India. It already cooperates with ICCA on Responsible Care, which it considers as imperative for sustained growth of business in India. ICC has successfully started the Nicer Globe initiative, which helps chemical distributors in India to transport their goods safely and securely.

Cooperation with ICCA

Cooperation with ICCA

Cooperation between the chemical industry (ICCA) and the chemical distribution industry (ICTA) has intensified since the MoU was signed between both organizations earlier this year.

Robert Stuyt has become an official member of the ICCA Responsible Care Leadership Group and the ICCA Sustainability Taskforce. By attending multi-day meetings of both committees, Robert Stuyt could repeatedly stress the importance for the global chemical industry to work with reliable distributors. Without his interference this value chain perspective would have been overlooked.

ICTA President Edgar Nordmann and Robert Stuyt also attended the ICCA Annual Congress in Amsterdam. At this conference they spoke with the CEOs of major chemical companies to explain the work, size and added value of our sector. They spoke with Mr. Li, chair of the CPCIF (pictured, in the middle), about possible ways to expand China’s involvement with ICTA and ways to simplify doing business there. In 2019, ICTA will remain committed to stressing the importance of our industry in the chemical supply chain to the chemical production industry.

Looking back at the ICTA General Assembly in Carlsbad

Looking back at the ICTA General Assembly in Carlsbad

This November the ICTA members gave together in Carlsbad (USA) for the second General Assembly of the year. The minutes of this meeting can be found on the ICTA extranet.

During the meeting Alexa Burr (ICCA) and Willem van Lanschot (ICTA) presented their organization’s views on sustainability (see below). Subsequently the members were informed of the ICTA progress of the past year.

The attending members concluded that much has been achieved, both regarding interest representation at the various UN institutions and regarding the professionalization of our association. For example, ICTA is closely involved with the drafting of the UN policy framework for chemicals management after 2020. One of the contentious points in these negotiations is the UN vision on chemicals. ICTA is resisting proposals to aim for a “toxic free environment”. Such a view on chemicals and risk management (i.e. looking only at hazard, not at exposure) could have far reaching consequences for our industry. ICTA also works to ensure that the role of chemical distributors is acknowledged in official UN reports, such as the Global Chemical outlook. Thanks to ICTA involvement, the UN General Assembly recognized the importance of cooperation with distributors on Improved Explosive Devices while also taking economic interests and efficiency into consideration.

As you may know, ICTA now has three committees. The new committees would benefit from the expertise of company representatives. If you are, or you know someone who is interested in joining one of the committees, please contact the secretariat, here. The three committees are:
-              Substance Safety Health Environment
-              Transport and Security
-              Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution

After the General Assembly a cocktail reception, kindly sponsored by Cornelius, was held on a terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Southern California.