19 July 2018

AFPI Conference 2018

Khun Akekasit Charoenkidkachorn is Vice Chairman of the Plastic Industry Club as well as the Organizing Chairman of the 17th Term ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries Conference 2018 (AFPI) and the 28th ASIA Plastics Forum 2018. Both events will be held simultaneously between 19-21 September 2018 at Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit Hotel.
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Special Interview with
Khun Akekasit Charoenkidkachorn

Vice Chairman of Plastic Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries on the subject of 17th Term ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries Conference 2018 (AFPI) and 28th ASIA Plastics Forum 2018. Khun Akekasit kindly agreed to a special interview with HMC Polymers, one of the main conference sponsors: 

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Question: Could you please give us some background about the Conference and tell us about AFPI; what it represents and what important roles it fulfills.

Khun Akekasit: AFPI is a regional grouping of plastics industrial associations located in ASEAN countries. Presently, AFPI has 7 member countries namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. This organization has been formed to promote the cooperation of plastics industries in ASEAN countries for the advancement of business growth, improvement of plastics production technology and the development of people in our industry. In addition, AFPI also strives to formulate sustainable environmental solutions.

As the Organizing Chairman, this time it is our turn to host the events in Bangkok and the theme of the Conference is:
“Creating Sustainable Value through Circular Economy”.

The use of plastics in our region has grown exponentially in recent years due to its convenience, light weight and low costs compared to other materials. Unfortunately throughout ASEAN countries, the understanding of correct disposal by consumers and localised infrastructure for recycling or energy recovery have lagged behind.

As a result, despite their many social benefits, plastics have become a problem for the environment endangering ecosystems and in particular, marine and bird life. Thailand and several other ASEAN countries are currently among the world’s most prolific producers of plastic waste. As indicated with comparisons to advanced countries with a low exposure to this problem, the key issue is not plastics as such, but consumer awareness of correct disposal, and the methods in place to assist that effort.

The concept of “Creating Sustainable Value through Circular Economy” is intended to leverage the use of valuable resources, minimise waste and focus towards greener outcomes by adopting the 4Rs; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. We, in the plastics industry, believe that these options are the collective solution to the plastics environmental problem that will assist industries that utilise plastics, and the consumers worldwide that benefit from their many advantages, to move forward together sustainably.

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Question: Plastics waste management has become a subject that is being actively talked about both locally and globally. As Vice Chairman of Plastic Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries, what can you tell us about activities or programs of Plastic Industry Club relating to this subject?

Khun Akekasit: Plastic Industry Club has participated in the “Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Plastic & Waste Management” program whose mission is to reduce plastics waste in the Thai seas and waterways by 50% by 2027. Several measures have now been prepared to drive our mission to success, the details of which will be made available at the Conference on 19-21 September 2018.  

At the Conference, participants will hear speakers from the relevant government agencies such as Department of Pollution Control and Department of Environmental Quality Promotion address the issue of plastics waste and the environment. In the afternoon session, a panel discussion consisting of speakers from the private sector will discuss topics such as the latest production technology, plastics waste management and Reuse/Recycle process in large corporations. On the second day, the discussion will be on topics such as the macro-economy of ASEAN, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development Plan, and global mega trends including new opportunities for plastic industries in ASEAN.  

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Question: Lastly, what would you like to say to the participants of the forthcoming Conference?

Khun Akekasit: I’d like to say that the invitation is open to all plastics producers to come and participate in the Conference. I trust everyone will realise that the plastics waste environmental problem has now attracted worldwide attention. This is a problem that we now simply cannot ignore. Instead, everybody is joining hands and making efforts to implement sustainable and coordinated solutions. Moreover, participants will see how correct plastics management works, how to reduce waste through production technology and how to reuse/recycle in an informed way. All of this will be part of the program at the 17th Term ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries Conference 2018 (AFPI) and the 28th ASIA Plastics Forum 2018 between 19-21 September 2018 at Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit Hotel. Don’t miss it.  


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For those interested in joining the Conference, please contact: info@ftiplastic.com.