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Friday, July 04, 2014

A new identity for chemicals supply chain co-operation

To better reflect the nature of its members’ activities, and to strengthen its position in the chemicals supply chain, the Alliance of Industry Associations (AIA) formed in 1991 has decided on a new name and logo.

From 1 July 2014 it is re-named the Alliance of Chemical Associations (ACA).

The ACA consists of trade associations, of which the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI) is a founding member. ACA represents companies operating in many sectors of the chemical industry supply chain, from the manufacture and distribution of chemicals to their use for products such as plastics, paint and cosmetics.

Between them the ACA member trade associations represent some 1,200 companies, the majority of which are SMEs, which, combined, in the UK have an annual turnover of £28 billion and employ 75,000 people.

The ACA’s objective is to represent the interests of companies operating in the chemicals supply chain by:

  • providing a forum for member associations to discuss issues of common interest and to formulate agreed positions
  • sharing the expertise and knowledge of the member associations
  • streamlining and co-ordinating advocacy activities
  • liaising with other industry associations and organisations

Peter Newport, the newly elected Chairman of the ACA and CEO of the Chemical Business Association, said:

“The UK chemical industry supply chain is a national strength and ACA fully intends to protect and develop the industries within it.  We shall further develop our close contact with Government and, through our individual members, continue to be represented on its UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum and Chemicals Regulatory Forum.  We have offered assistance to the Chemistry Growth Partnership.

We shall make more use of expert working groups to tackle key issues”.

Steve Elliott, CEO of the Chemical Industries Association said:

“CIA and AIA have worked together for many years on issues affecting the chemicals supply chain and CIA welcomes the re-naming as ACA as this better reflects the link between it and the chemical industry.  We look forward to working more closely with the new ACA in the future”.

More information on the ACA and links to its member associations may be found on the ACA website at or from the Chemical Business Association on 01270 258200 or at