About AFPI – The ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries
The ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries (AFPI) is a regional grouping of plastics industrial associations from the ASEAN countries. Presently, the AFPI constitutes of seven members. The Indonesia Olefin, Aromatic & Plastic Industry Association (INAPLAS), the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), the Myanmar Plastics Industries Association (MPIA), the Philippine Plastics Industry Association Inc. (PPIA), the Singapore Plastic Industry Association (SPIA), the Plastic Industry Club c/o Federation of Thai Industries (PIC-FTI) and the Vietnam Plastics Association (VPA). Together they represent a total of more than 3,000 plastic companies.
The AFPI was formed on December 5 1981. It is recognised by the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry under the umbrella of the Working Group on Trade & Industrial Co-operation as a sole body from the private sector to represent the plastic industries.
Imbued with the spirit of “Unity & Friendship”, AFPI seeks to promote intra-ASEAN economic co-operation and co-ordination in the field of the plastic industry. Its other purpose to develop and initiate the preparation and implementation of plans, programs, and projects that will promote and advance intra-ASEAN plastics industries and trade.
To better effect the functions of AFPI and to ensure and maintain a commonality of action, an AFPI Permanent Secretariat was established at SPIA in Singapore since 1995. Mr Ronald Lim, President of SPIA is appointed the Secretary – General of AFPI. The Permanent Secretariat acts as a focal point in facilitating and integrating the co-operative efforts among the constituent members, and between AFPI and the government bodies, with other private sector institutions and industries as well as with the public in general, both within and outside the ASEAN region.
AFPI functions optimally with a council meeting on a rotational basis among the member countries and a conference at the end of every 2-year end term whereby members gathered together to exchanged views and information and to discuss issues relating and vital to the plastics industry such as the AFTA/CEPT issues, environmental issues, skill training, labour problems, technology upgrading, product standards, etc. In addition, AFPI has launched its own plastic show called the ASEANPLAS in collaboration with Messe Düsseldorf, the organiser of the world’s largest plastic show – K fair and with the support of Euromap, the European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industries. Other projects of the AFPI include the publication of a biennial trade directory and the AFPI website.