05 October 2009 09:55 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS news)--Although companies have reacted quickly to the global economic downturn, the petrochemical industry is still operating in difficult times, the president of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) said on Monday.
Firms needed to remain focused on sustainable development if they were to succeed, said Albert Heuser, in his introduction to the 43rd annual EPCA meeting.
“I strongly believe that keeping focused on sustainable development in the way we work is key,” said Heuser.
The annual event for the European petrochemical industry has attracted 1,900 delegates, down by almost 300 from the number of delegates who attended in 2008 but significantly higher than the organisers had expected, said Cathy Demeestere, EPCA secretary general, on the sidelines of the meeting.
The number of companies attending was not down from the previous year but fewer delegates had been registered by each company, Demeestere said. “We are very satisfied,” she added.
The 2010 EPCA meeting will be held in ?xml:namespace>
To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections