Plastics SA is intent on further expanding its technical skills and knowledge base this year in order to offer ongoing technical support to its members and the industry at large. We will continue to grow the team with a strong focus on research and development and are hoping to attract the most experienced minds to help us grow, expand and support the industry. These new positions will be responsible for gathering relevant data, interpreting the information and turning it into a tool that can be used by role players, policymakers and other interested parties to make informed decisions.
A second area of priority for Plastics SA will be on strengthening the industry’s capacity on trade-related issues. Here we will be looking at appointing an Industry Growth and Trade Specialist who will focus on creating and enabling access to information about the local and international trade environment for the development of sustainable and inclusive growth of the industry. The new incumbent will work closely with the various government departments and institutions to ensure fair trade for materials and goods from, and into, South Africa.
With its integrated value chain, no plastics role or function can operate independently. We see our new Technical Operations Department as the “missing link” which will benefit the entire industry by creating a credible dashboard with facts, figures and developing a pro-active strategy. International rules and policies, trade agreements and conventions change almost daily, and we believe this new knowledge base will position the South African plastics industry in such a way that we can tap into all the opportunities.