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Undergraduates, lecturers gain insights from plastics industry veterans via webinar

30th December, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 200 undergraduates and lecturers had the opportunity to hear from industry veterans across the spectrum of the plastics industry in a two-day webinar held recently.

Titled the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA)-Chevron Phillips Chemical ‘Why Plastics?’ Webinar 2020, it was held in collaboration with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia.

The webinar was designed as an information-sharing avenue between academia and industry to address misconceptions of the plastics industry, the complexities of the plastics pollution issue, and how the industry is striving to achieve its sustainability goals.

MPMA President, Datuk Lim Kok Boon, said that each industry stakeholder has a role to play to drive sustainability for plastics industry.

“Each speaker represents a stakeholder in the Malaysian plastics industry – resin producer, manufacturer, recycler, Brand Owner and non-governmental organisation (NGO) – and they each shared their roles and responsibilities in the plastics industry supply chain and their respective efforts to drive the plastics industry into sustainability and circularity.”

“This is important to address the many misconceptions about plastics and to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution.”

Speakers of the webinar were from Chevron Phillips Chemical, PETRONAS Chemicals Marketing (Labuan) Ltd, Daibochi Berhad (member of Scientex Group), Malaysia Plastic Recyclers Association (MPRA), Nestle Malaysia, and WWF-Malaysia.

To build on this ‘Why Plastics?’ Webinar, MPMA, Chevron Phillips Chemical and IChemE will continue with the collaboration next year to bring a waste audit challenge to universities nationwide, according to a statement.

The challenge aims to enhance understanding among undergraduates on the concept of waste management and its importance towards a cleaner environment. –Bernama

   
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