In his regular column, Nigel Flowers writes this month on the association’s return to independence, as it enters a new chapter after splitting from the PPMA.
For many people the start of a New Year brings an opportunity for change and this year the PMMDA is no different. After over three years as part of the PPMA Group of Associations, the PMMDA in response to member’s wishes will return to independence.
Historically, the PMMDA was founded to avoid the proliferation of exhibitions in the UK and Ireland and also to provide a mark of quality with membership demonstrating a company had substance. Times have changed since then, and an independent trade organisation with the plastics industry at the heart of its operation will deliver value-add membership benefits in a more cost effective manner.
The PMMDA wishes to build closer links with the polymers industry by focusing on networking between members, customers and suppliers. A regular dialogue is essential; by using the web and social media channels alongside traditional methods our focus is to raise the profile of the PMMDA and its members, whilst supporting their concerns and addressing any issues.
The PMMDA will continue to work with key trade shows such as Interplas and will encourage exhibitor attendance by securing member benefits. As well as continuing to provide industry statistics and market data, the PMMDA will concentrate on standards development - continuing to support BSI and the HSE to ensure safety practices are adhered to. We hope to be at the forefront of the plastics industry helping to develop EU and ISO standards.