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ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

ICTA seeks to build global bridges in distribution

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

The International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) seeks to build further alliances with global chemical distributortrade associations and individual chemical distributors, itssecretary general said.

“We are building bridges between associations in differentcountries, especially in countries with no distribution tradeorganisation,” said Robert Stuyt, secretary general of the ICTA. “Here we can work in the interest of distributors by helpingto bring up safety standards and spreading the importance ofResponsible Care and Responsible Distribution,” he added.

For chemical distributors with operations worldwide, the ICTA can act as their distributor trade group in that country, he noted.

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

TIES WITH INDIAN CHEMICAL COUNCIL
The ICTA is building ties with the Indian Chemical Council(ICC) which represents all branches of the chemical industryin the country, from petrochemicals and inorganics to dyes,fertilizers and specialty chemicals.

In 2018, the ICTA and ICC signed a memorandum ofunderstanding (MoU) for cooperation on ResponsibleCare/Responsible Distribution (RC/RD), the global standardfor environmental, health, safety and security performance. “We want to have a joint workforce on RC/RD and holdworkshops where we bring in local and internationalpartners,” said 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 RC/RD with them and would aim foran MoU, but it is too early to discuss at this stage,” said Stuyt.

The ICTA works to increase the visibility of the chemical distribution industry at global intergovernmental organisations, and engages with policy makers, journalists and other business associations.

For instance, the 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, Stuyt noted.

UMBRELLA GROUP FOR DISTRIBUTORS
Stuyt-dame.jpgThe ICTA views itself as the distributors’ version of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) which is an umbrella group for chemical producers. The ICTA has intensified contact with the ICCA on sustainability, the circular economy, RC/RD and other issues, said Stuyt.
Both organisations are also aligning their advocacy messages at intergovernmental organisations, such as UN Environment, he added.



The ICTA’s member associations include the European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc), the US-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 19 member companies, including global distributors Brenntag, Univar and Azelis. “Company members gain access to global best practices and knowledge of legaland technical issues,” said Stuyt. “Next to that, they receive early updates on intended global policies and the possibility of influence on the development of those policies. Members also have the opportunity to meet their global peers at ICTA’s biannual events,” he added.

Source: ICIS website on 2019/03/22

ICTA President joins Advisory Board of international sustainable chemistry centre

ICTA President joins Advisory Board of international sustainable chemistry centre

The ISC3 (international sustainable chemistry center of collaboration) has set up an Advisory Board for dialogue on strategic and thematic issues. The ISC3 has asked ICTA President Edgar Nordmann to take a seat in the Advisory Board, which he has accepted. The first meeting of the board in Bonn (Germany) was dedicated to the discussion on the strategy and the work program of the ISC3.

ICTA opens door for cooperation with Indian chemical industry

ICTA opens door for cooperation with Indian chemical industry

With one of the largest chemical production industries worldwide and a fast growing home market, India is increasingly interesting for ICTA members. At the same time, the Indian chemical distribution market faces challenges relating to safe working conditions, corruption and environmental pollution.

In order to help its members to be successful on the Indian market, ICTA has signed a formal agreement of cooperation with the Indian Chemical Council (ICC). In the agreement, both parties have expressed their commitment to jointly drive improvements in health, safety, product stewardship, security and environmental impacts of chemical products along the supply chain. They will also coordinate their positions when representing the interests of the global chemical distribution industry.

This year Robert Stuyt presented at the ICC Annual Conference on the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods. Next year he will give another presentation to introduce ICTA and its members. ICTA and ICC will jointly determine in the coming months on how to further shape this cooperation.

The ICC was established in 1938 and is dedicated to the growth and promotion of both the chemical production and the chemical distribution industry in India. It already cooperates with ICCA on Responsible Care, which it considers as imperative for sustained growth of business in India. ICC has successfully started the Nicer Globe initiative, which helps chemical distributors in India to transport their goods safely and securely.

     
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