Register now for workshop on Safe Chemical Handling in Mumbai

Register now for workshop on Safe Chemical Handling in Mumbai

Safe chemical handling is a crucial topic for global chemical distribution companies looking to do business in India. On 10 October a one-day workshop will be organized in Mumbai to raise the safety standards of the Indian chemical supply chain. During the workshop we will look at the added value of working safely and provide practical advice about safe chemicals handling. We will look for instance at the correct use of personal protective equipment, methods for incident management and policies regarding precursors. After that we will share and discuss practical examples of safe chemical handling, provided by Azelis, a global chemical distribution company that is active in India.

This workshop is relevant for those who work for a chemical manufacturer, distributor, trader, warehouse company or transporter. The exact location of the workshop will be shared soon. The workshop is jointly organized by the Indian Chemical association (ICC) and the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA). For ICTA and ICC members, participation in the workshop costs INR 4000 (USD 52), including lunch.

You can register for the event by emailing the secretariat, here.

ICTA forms alliances

ICTA forms alliances

Robert Stuyt, secretary general of the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA), is building partnerships abroad to connect best practices in chemical distribution.

The International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) is seeking to build further alliances with global chemical distributor trade associations and individual chemical distributors, says its secretary general, Robert Stuyt.
“We are building bridges between associations in different countries, especially in countries with no distribution trade organization,” he explains. “Here, we can work in the interest of distributors by helping to bring up safety standards and spreading the importance of Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution.” For chemical distributors with operations worldwide, ICTA can act as their distributor trade group in that country, he adds.

ICTA operates three working committees – on substance, safety, health and environment (SSHE); transport and security (T&S); and Responsible Care/Responsible Distribution.
“We support and initiate activities to better develop international chemical trade. If you’re a U.S. distributor that does business in India, and know that a company there is covered under an ICTA program, you may be more confident in their operations,” says Stuyt.

ICTA is building ties with the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), which represents all branches of the chemical industry in the country, from petrochemicals and inorganics to dyes, fertilizers, and specialty chemicals.
In 2018, ICTA and ICC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation on Responsible  Care/Responsible Distribution, the global standards for environmental, health, safety and security performance.

“We are building bridges between associations in different countries, especially in countries with no distribution trade organization”. “We want to have a joint workforce on Responsible Care/Responsible Distribution and hold workshops where we bring in local and international partners,” says Stuyt. In 2019, the secretary general also plans to seek ties with the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), the country’s largest producer association. “We would want to work on Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution with them and would aim for an MoU, which was discussed during the Responsible Care conference held by CPCIF in March in Beijing,” he noted.

ICTA also works to increase the visibility of the chemical distribution industry at global intergovern-mental organizations, and engages with policy makers, journalists, and other business associations. For instance, ICTA is closely involved in United Nations initiatives such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), where it is involved in developing the post-2020 framework, says Stuyt. ICTA views itself as the distributors’ version of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the global umbrella group for chemical producers. ICTA has intensified contact with ICCA on sustainability, the circular economy, Responsible Care/Responsible Distribution, and other issues, says Stuyt. Both organizations are also aligning their advocacy messages at intergovernmental organizations, such as UN Environment, he adds.

ICTA’s member associations include the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc), the U.S.-based National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), the Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors (Associquim), Mexico’s National Association of Chemical Industry (ANIQ) and the UK’s Chemical Business Association (CBA), among others. ICTA also has 20 member companies, including global distributors Brenntag, Univar, and Azelis. “Company members gain access to global best practices and knowledge of legal and technical issues,” says Stuyt. “Next to that, they receive early updates on intended global policies and the possibility of influ-ence on the development of those policies. Mem-bers also have the opportunity to meet their global peers at ICTA’s biannual events,” he adds.

Source: Chemical Distributor, volume 43 | No 2, April - June 2019, written by Joseph Chang.

Photo: Robert Stuyt and Marco Mensink signed the partnership agreement between ICCA and ICTA

ICTA seeks to build bridges globally

ICTA seeks to build bridges globally

Robert stuyt, secretary general of the International Chemical Trade Association, is helping connect distributors with counterparts in other regions in the world, with a particular current focus on India and China.

Chemical trade is increasingly and perhaps even inherently an international business. Many distributors have networks of suppliers and customers across continents. In 2005 the world was predicted to become “flat” in a bestseller by Thomas Friedmann. He stated that economies would converge towards a global level playing field with increasingly interconnected supply chains across the world. Although chemical supply chains have indeed continued to internationalise, there are still significant differences between companies and regions. Not only do they differ in a commercial sense, but also in their capacity to work safely and responsibly with chemicals. By building bridges across regions, the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) aims to make our industry “flatter”. ICTA helps chemical distribution companies connect with counterparts in other regions of the world, at the moment in particular in India and China.

ICTA is building the capability in all regions to work safely and responsibly. By helping create higher and more uniform safety standards, ICTA hopes to simplify trade across regions. Currently, ICTA’s members are based in Latin America, North America and Europe. These include national associations and chemical distribution companies. Among them are distributors at the top of the ICIS 100 Ranking (Azelis, Brenntag, Univar Solutions, etc) as well as companies that are smaller, such as Brainerd, Cornelius, GB Chemie and Krahn. Given the importance of Asia in the chemical supply chains, ICTA is working hard to establish contacts in India and China.
ICTA has partnered with the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), which represents all branches of the chemical industry in the country. Following last year’s memorandum of understanding, both associations are organising workshops on safe and responsible chemical distribution in India.
ICTA is also teaming with the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF). At its Responsible Care meeting in April, the importance of supply chain responsibility was emphasised by the Chinese vice minister for Chemical Industry. ICTA has been invited to participate in a CEO roundtable with key players in the global chemical industry this autumn.

ICTA is active in representing the interests of the industry at international policy making forums. It is closely involved with developing the global policy framework for sustainable chemicals management. This framework will deter-mine the efforts of the UN related to chemicals for a decade to come. In a joint effort with other industry associations, ICTA is lobbying for rules that achieve real sustainability benefits without unnecessarily hampering industry.

Source: ICIS Chemical Business, 7-13 June 2019