International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA) to provide a global Voice for the Chemical Distribution Industry
Associations and companies from the chemical distribution industry recently met in Brussels, Belgium to form a registered international chemical trade association on a global scale, the new International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA), which will be replacing the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations (ICCTA).
Founding members of ICTA are the European Association of Chemical Distributors Fecc, the US NACD, the German and British associations VCH and CBA as well as a number of major chemical distributors. In addition to other companies, China’s CCCMC, Brazil’s Associquim, both the Mexican and Canadian associations of chemical distributors as well as further European National Distributor Associations have been invited.
Besides ensuring the international exchange of good practices helping ICTA to expand in other countries and onto other continents, the task of ICTA will be to coordinate international activities that take place on a global level. Regulations that concern the handling, transport, management and security of chemicals are being discussed globally more and more – often on a United Nations (UN) level. In these cases, ICTA will speak for the chemical distribution industry worldwide. ICTA will also promote UN initiatives like the Global Compact and encourage its members to participate.
ICTA was founded on 01 February 2016 at a Brussels notary, and Brussels will also be the association’s legal seat. Among those present at the ceremony were Douglas A. Brown, NACD Vice Chairman and owner of Brown Chemical Co., Inc.; Dr. Neville Prior, President of Fecc and owner of Cornelius Group plc.; Peter Steinbach, Executive Board Member of VCH; Peter Newport, Chief Executive Officer of CBA; Mathew Brainerd, NACD Chairman and Managing Director of Brainerd Chemical; Edgar E. Nordmann, shareholder and Managing Director of Nordmann, Rassmann; as well as Carsten Harms, Executive Board Member of Biesterfeld AG.
Birger Kuck, a consultant for the chemical distribution industry, has been appointed as Interim Director General to coordinate the operational activities of the new organization. Administrative support will be provided by the Fecc’s Office in Brussels.
Source: ICTA press release
HGE / DCG – 08.02.2016