Styrenics industry needs advocacy approach - producers

24 November 2010 12:32  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--The styrenics industry needs to adopt an advocacy approach to potential regulatory classification, an executive from major producer LyondellBasell said on Wednesday.

“The industry should be aware of clouds on the horizon… It should do more to get its defences right,” said Hans van der Kaaij, the company's director of co-products for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, in a speech on the new LyondellBasell to the 9th European Aromatics and Derivatives Conference.

“We need to say what are the benefits of our products,” he added in response to questions.

Following on from van der Kaaij’s presentation, another producer said that there had been an upturn in interest in classifying products in the styrenics chain such as styrene, polystyrene (PS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS).

“There has been an increase in the number of accusations [at styrenics] since Reach, which has increased awareness, but the underlying knowledge of the subject may not be deep enough,” he said.

Reach - the registration, evaluation and regulation of chemicals - is the EU's chemical regulation programme.

The 9th European Aromatics and Derivatives Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany, on 23-24 November 2010.

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