Plastics and Chemistry Organizations to Merge

Arlington, VA - The Boards of Directors of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the American Plastics Council (APC) agreed to move forward with steps to merge the two organizations. The merged organizations will be named the American Chemistry Council and will have a single board of directors and executive committee. APC will maintain its name and identity in public communications, and receive direction from an operating board of plastics executives.

Drawing on the strengths of both organizations, the new American Chemistry Council will enhance its focus on issues of concern to key customers; achieve further improvements in environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible CareŽ; conduct environmental research and testing of chemical products; dialogue with stakeholders; communicate product and other benefits; and strengthen advocacy on key public policy issues at the state, federal and international levels.

Frederick L Webber, president and chief executive officer of the existing American Chemistry Council since 1993, will lead the new Council. Implementation of the merger is expected by January 2002.

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