History of the IPPIC
Over the last several years, common issues facing the paint and printing ink industries on a global level have increased significantly. While it is always a constant challenge for each individual country to manage the myriad of domestic regulations, it has become increasingly difficult to interpret the potential impact of foreign issues. In 1992, in an attempt to improve communication and to coordinate industry policy on matters of international concern, the International Paint and Printing Ink Council was formed. Comprised of paint and printing ink associations representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU , France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, UK and the United States, the IPPIC was established to ensure that the industry, in coordinating the development of industry policy on international issues, fully discussed and analyzed the global implications. In 2005 IPPIC was granted NGO status from the United Nations Economic and Social Council and will highlight international industry issues to the UN and it's governing body.
The IPPIC's Organization
Members of the IPPIC include the American Coatings Association (ACA), Australian Paint Manufacturers' Federation (APMF), the Brazilian Paint Manufacturers Association (ABRAFATI), The British Coatings Federation (BCF), the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA), the European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists‘ Colours Industry (CEPE), the French Paints, Printing Inks, Artist Colours and Adhesives Association(FIPEC), the German Paint Industry Association (VdL), the Japan Paint Manufacturers Association (JPMA), and the Mexican Paint and Printing Ink Manufacturers' Association (ANAFAPYT).
One association is appointed as the IPPIC secretariat for a five- year period. It is the role of the secretariat to ensure timely communication among the participants and to organize and administer the IPPIC meetings. The secretariat also functions as a communications center, entailing a proactive role to ensure that preparatory work is executed between meetings. The ACA performs the role as Secretariat.
Meetings are held once a year, with the meeting site rotating among the various countries. The President of IPPIC acts as the chairman of the meetings and is a recently retired executive from the industry. The President serves a two year term and currently is Bill McPherson, previously with International Paint (Akzo Nobel).
At the inaugural meeting of the IPPIC in August 1992, the council identified common issues of concern and then separated them into two categories -- "communication" and "action." Today, the council continues to apply that process. The communication category includes issues that the IPPIC determined can be managed on an exchange-of-information basis, such as industry public relations, and lead in the environment. The action category includes issues that have been identified as needing proactive industry initiatives, such as Coatings Care® and waste management/packaging. For each of the action issues, a subgroup monitors and reports on significant activity in those areas at subsequent meetings or more often if necessary.
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