SAN DIEGO, California (ICIS)--The American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers' (AFPM) name change from National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) better represents the group's true mission and identity, the chairman of the US-based industry group said on Sunday.
"Really what we are trying to achieve is a name that clearly states who we are and what we do," said AFPM chairman Jim Mahoney. "We are American manufacturers, and we produce products that people need for their everyday lives."
Mahoney made his remarks at a press briefing for the AFPM's 110th Annual Meeting in San Diego. The meeting ends on Tuesday.
Monday's general session includes presentations by Stuart Rothenberg, publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report, and author Vince Flynn, who has written extensively about terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.
Then on Tuesday Gregory Goff, the chief executive of Tesoro, kicks off the day's festivities.
Former president George Bush will be the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon on Tuesday.
There will also be several technical sessions throughout the meeting.
Mahoney said there are about 1,600 attendees in San Diego for the annual meeting, up from less than 1,500 last year.
"Our industry has a lot to offer this nation," he said. "We provide products people need for their everyday lives."