BPF re-elects Nigel Flowers as president and announces new VP

Philip Law, Martin Hitchin and Nigel Flowers

THE British Plastics Federation has re-elected existing president Nigel Flowers for a further year.

The move was confirmed at the organisation’s AGM, which also saw the election of a new vice president: Martin Hitchin, chief executive of Rehau UK and Ireland and Scandinavia.

Martin joined REHAU in 1988 as an applications engineer and, following numerous promotions, he was made CEO in 2007. Martin is also vice chair of New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE), a start-up engineering university in Hereford.

BPF director general Philip Law said, “We are very pleased to have Martin Hitchin as the new vice president of the British Plastics Federation. His election is very well deserved. Martin has had a very distinguished career and is a highly valued member of the BPF Council. I am sure that he will be an excellent vice president, helping the BPF to continue to provide value to its members and promote the varied interests of our industry.”

BPF president Nigel Flowers, who is also director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery UK, added, “I happily welcome Martin Hitchin as vice president. His experience in several areas of plastic processing will be invaluable. Martin has a background in working with windows, pipes, automotive and also recyclers, so really offers a wealth of knowledge we can all benefit from.”

Martin Hitchin commented, “It is an honour to be voted in as vice president of the BPF. I have been involved with the trade association for many years and am aware of the wide variety of work it does to champion our industry. The work of the BPF Council helps to shape the approach and priorities of the organisation. I look forward to my new role and am keen to support the existing ambitions of the current president, Nigel Flowers.”

The AGM also provided key updates about the trade association, including the news that it welcomed 49 new members last year, taking membership up to 592 companies from across the UK plastics supply chain.