28 June 2021 – The ISOPA General Assembly has elected Christopher Metz, Vice-President of Business Management Isocyanates at BASF, as the new President of ISOPA. Mr Metz was previously Vice-President of ISOPA and succeeds Herman Motmans, Sr. Product Director Dow Polyurethane. The ISOPA General Assembly confirmed Erik Vangronsveld, Global Materials & Industry Sustainability Director at Huntsman, as the new Vice-President of ISOPA to succeed Mr. Metz in this role.
With the election of the new leadership, ISOPA stands ready to address the important legislative and regulatory developments the polyurethanes industry must navigate. The European Green Deal and the EU’s ambitious Chemical Strategy for Sustainability are a real opportunity to promote sustainable polyurethanes solutions but also come with challenges for the industry. At the same time, ISOPA and its industry partners are working hard to launch a pioneering training programme for industrial and professional users of diisocyanates that will set a new bar for health and safety.
Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary-General for ISOPA/ALIPA, welcomed the new leadership stating:
“With their outstanding expertise and professionalism, Christopher and Erik will support ISOPA in meeting today’s challenges and opportunities. I am confident that under their leadership ISOPA will continue to deliver and secure a thriving sustainable future for our industry”.
The ISOPA Secretariat and Members express their sincere gratitude to Herman Motmans for his tireless commitment and successful leadership. Mr Motmans has provided an invaluable contribution to ISOPA’s work, allowing ISOPA to lead in promoting best practices for the distribution and use of diisocyanates and polyols.
ISOPA represents major European manufacturers of aromatic diisocyanates and polyols, the main raw materials used to make polyurethanes. More information on diisocyanates, their applications and ISOPA’s product stewardship initiatives can be found on our website.