21 June 2013 09:56 [Source: ICIS news]
Concrete proposals to help rebuild supply chains in the UK chemical industry will be revealed next month, the UK's Chemical Industries Association (CIA) said late on Thursday.
The proposals will be driven by an industry study advocating the uptake of shale gas in the UK and a £7m (€8m, $11m) plan for an industry-driven formulation centre, CIA CEO Steve Elliott said. Speaking at the association's annual awards dinner, Elliott said that the three point plan would be presented to the UK's business minister, Michael Fallon, in July.
"This work has involved CIA, Chemistry Innovation, the government, and consultation with the regions, the professional organisations, CIA member companies, our sector skills council Cogent and many others,” he added.
The CIA initiative is aimed at “encouraging big companies to strengthen their relationships with UK suppliers and customers in all regions of the country,” Elliott said.
The CIA Company of the Year this year was pharmaceuticals maker GlaxoSmithKline.
The Association had earlier elected Adrian Whitfield, CEO of Synthomer, as its president from 1 July.
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