VI & VI-Canada Align to Create Powerful Voice for North American Vinyl
The Vinyl Institute has joined forces with the Vinyl Institute of Canada to create a powerful, single voice for vinyl industry interests across North America.
VI President Dick Doyle noted that “vinyl products provide more sustainable and resilient solutions across a wide spectrum of applications, from water infrastructure, to building and construction, to healthcare, among many other applications.” He said that the new alignment of the two organizations “will enable the North American vinyl industry to more effectively and efficiently advance the industry’s interests, and will allow for nimbler and unencumbered responses by the industry on behalf of its members.”
Veso Sobot, chairman of the Vinyl Institute of Canada, said that “the vote to propel this alignment was a unanimous vote by members on both sides of the border; clearly an indication that this alignment is not only timely, but is very much a desired outcome for all of our members across North America.”
Expanding scope and broadening markets.
The Vinyl Institute of Canada will operate as a self-funded business counsel under the VI umbrella with Aiñe Curran as its President. This will significantly expand the scope of the VI’s efforts and provide considerably broader representation of the vinyl industry’s interests – including broadening markets for vinyl product sales.
The timing of the move was predicted by a number of factors, including several major shifts in the global economy in the plastics sector, a logistical decision to align with a partner with similar interests and focus, and the desire to blend the two entities into one North American voice on behalf of its members.
As a first step, the Vinyl Institute of Canada’s board met recently to align its new work plan with the Vinyl Institute’s 2016-2019 strategic plan.