It has been a busy and exciting period for the PCA. I want to take this opportunity to highlight what we have accomplished already in 2016 and our exciting plans for the months ahead.
Highlights of the 2016 Annual Meeting: Austin
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the PCA was a great success, with provocative and engaging presentations and discussions on the economy, the US political environment and prospects for the future, the importance of safety for positioning the pine chemicals industry, and results of new PCA-sponsored research.
We released a 2015-2016 Annual Report of the PCA at the meeting which summarized PCA initiatives and directions. The report can be downloaded here.
The meeting concluded with the election of the following officers and directors for 2016-2017:
|Chairman: Mike Roberts
Vice President, Pine, Mining & Oil Field Chemicals
Georgia Pacific Chemicals, LLC
| Vice Chairman: Greg Adams
International Flavors and Fragrances
AR El Dorado
Business Unit Manager
Eastman Chemical Company
Director- Operations Support
Sr. Vice President/Chief Technology Officer
Director Global Business Development
President & CEO
Director Global Strategic Raw Materials
Arizona Chemical, a Kraton Company
Modifying our Name and Enhancing our Brand
At the 2016 Annual Meeting in Austin, PCA members approved a recommendation from the Board of Directors to refine our name to reflect our international focus. As a result we have now become the Pine Chemicals Association International, a name that provides a more accurate and inclusive description of our global scope. We will continue to use PCA as the organization’s acronym.
Over the coming months, we will be working on updating our brand, our communications and our member value proposition. Activities will include a redesigned web site, frequent news updates and other interactions that represent, position and advance the global pine chemicals industry.
Ethical Principles of the PCA
As we continue to increase the visibility of the pine chemicals industry and the PCA, it is important to convey a positive image that reinforces our dedication to ethical principles, sound environmental practices and the safety of employees and the public. The PCA has taken important steps in these areas with the development of Ethical Principles of the Pine Chemicals Association and our continuing recognition of leaders in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance through our award program.
The Ethical Principles statement, released in April, serves as a guide to PCA members and supports our commitment to fairness in business relationships. A copy of the statement is available on the PCA website here and in the 2015-2016 Annual Report.
2015 EHS Excellence Award winners
The purpose of the PCA awards program is to recognize and promote excellence in environmental, health, and safety among member companies. The program is designed to recognize both individual and facility efforts demonstrated to protect the environment, or prevent accidents and illnesses through hazard identification and control.
The PCA was honored to recognize the following members and their programs:
- Facility Excellence: ORGKHIM Biochemical Holding Management Company, JSC
- Employee Excellence: Mark Williams, General Maintenance Mechanic - Safety Engagement Member with Arizona Chemical Company, a Kraton Company, Savannah, GA Plant
- Leadership Excellence: Mason Faggert, Plant Manager with Arizona Chemical, a Kraton company – Panama City, FL
- Leadership Excellence: Nikolay Khodov, CEO of ORGKHIM BCH Management Company, JSC – Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation
Read more on these outstanding programs and awardees.
PCA Releases Two Landmark Studies
In late May, the PCA released two important studies on the importance of the pine chemicals industry.
Analysis of the European Crude Tall Oil Industry – Environmental Impact, Socio-Economic Value & Downstream Potential
One study, conducted by Fraunhofer UMSICHT demonstrated how the use of Crude Tall Oil (CTO) in bio-based chemical refining outweighs the benefits of using it for biofuel production.
Highlights of the results show that:
• From an environmental standpoint, there is no benefit to switching CTO from bio-based chemicals to biodiesel. Indeed, the opposite is true as the production process of biochemical refining causes lower GHG emissions than the process of making renewable diesel.
• Bio-based chemical refining of CTO has a very positive Economic Added Value (EAV) impact due to its extended value chain. Results show that the EAV generated by refining CTO into bio-based chemicals is at least four times higher than renewable diesel’s EAV.
• CTO refining employs directly and indirectly 4,000 people, while the renewable diesel industry employs 400, a ten-fold difference. The employment impact is further strengthened by the 5,100 additional downstream jobs created by CTO biorefining within the b-to-b value chain. This means that the CTO biorefining creates at least 20 times more jobs than does the production of renewable diesel.
A press release and the full report are on accessible through the embedded links and on our website.
GLOBAL IMPACT OF MODERN PINE CHEMICALS INDUSTRY
The PCA commissioned an independent global economic survey to assess the magnitude and significance of the impact of the industry. The study involved a survey of 200 companies worldwide and combined financial as well as input and output data.
The study reports that pine chemicals directly account for over US $10 billion in annual revenues and employ a skilled workforce of 14,100 people globally. The global value chain impact of the industry is even larger at US $55 billion. The industry provides employment to nearly 186,000 people with a compensation of US $7,804 million. North America emerged as the leading region, accounting for almost 35% of the direct global revenue and 28.3% of direct global employment.
In addition to employing manufacturing, research and other staff, the pine chemicals industry engages tappers for oleoresin extraction from pine trees. China has the most tappers at 200,000, followed by South America with 6,500 tappers. North America and Europe have a relatively low number of tappers, with 570 and 432 respectively. There are a total of over 10,000 tappers in other countries and regions.
The study is available for download through our website.
2016 International Conference: New Horizons for Pine Chemicals, 18-20 September, Santiago, Chile
The PCA International Conference is recognized as the premier international gathering of the global pine chemicals industry. The 2016 Conference will be a unique, thought-provoking event. For two days, you will be informed, inspired and engaged with some of the most passionate leaders of the industry within the beautiful vistas of Santiago, Chile. The conference will explore the global dimensions of the industry as well as examine the opportunities for growth and innovation.
Early bird registration rates are available through 30 June. For information and registration, please visit our International Conference website or register now using this link.