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Fri January 26, 2018

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico A.C. (ANIPAC) concluded a meeting in Montreal today where the three major North American plastics trade associations called on trade negotiators to provide the business community with some certainty regarding their efforts to strengthen the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The three organizations also reiterated their support for continuing and strengthening NAFTA, which they argue has the potential to become even more beneficial to each member country’s economy with the right adjustments.

“The North American plastics industry continues to speak with one voice when it comes to NAFTA,” said PLASTICS Executive Vice President Patty Long after the meeting. “While we believe renegotiation presents an opportunity to make NAFTA even stronger, a signal to the manufacturing community that progress is being made would calm the market’s nerves and give businesses the certainty they need to begin making new investments.”

“As we’ve noted previously, the plastics industries of the U.S., Canada and Mexico all stand to benefit greatly from an updated NAFTA,” said CPIA President Carol Hochu. “Right now many businesses are waiting to see how the negotiations conclude before making new investments. A show of progress would give them the green light to plan for future growth.”

“It’s been six months since the release of our industry’s priorities after our three organizations met in Mexico City last July, and our commitment to a modernized NAFTA is stronger than ever,” said ANIPAC President Juan Antonio Hernández. “We look forward to learning more about negotiators’ progress on an agreement that advances innovation in manufacturing across North America and encourages companies to grow their business and their workforce.”

PLASTICS, CPIA and ANIPAC continue to work together with their industry partners to support NAFTA and its successful renegotiation.

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About the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org. Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA)

Since 1943, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association has proudly served as the national voice and leader for plastics industry sustainability across Canada, representing the interests of the plastics value chain including resin and raw material suppliers, processors/converters, equipment suppliers, recyclers and brand owners. Visit http://www.plastics.ca/ for more information.

About ANIPAC

ANIPAC is the voice of the plastics industry in Mexico. Since 1961, ANIPAC has been the most important organization in the sector representing the entire supply chain including producers and distributors of raw materials, recyclers, manufacturers and distributors of machinery and equipment, and transformers of plastic in all its forms. ANIPAC’s mission is to promote the comprehensive development of the plastics production chain, generating benefits for its members and ensuring their global competitiveness.