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New director at BPF Plastic Pipes Group

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The Plastics Pipes Group (PPG) of the British Plastics Federation has appointed Caroline Ayres as its new Director, following the retirement of Frank Jones at the end of 2012. Frank Jones has been Director since 1993 and will remain as a Consultant to the PPG. Frank has made the PPG the thriving group it is today.

Caroline has been working for the PPG as Standards and Technical manager for 10 years. Commenting on her new role, Caroline said ‘’I am delighted to be appointed as the new Director. The PPG has been representing UK manufacturers of plastic pipes since 1962 and will continue to promote the development, acceptance and usage of manufactured plastics piping systems at all levels. Plastic pipes play a vital role in the infrastructure of this country and I am proud to be representing such a vital, responsible and sustainable industry.’’

Caroline brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Prior to the PPG she worked for the BBA and prior to that for British Gas Research and Development. She is Chair of the BSI committee for non-pressure plastic piping systems and sits on many BSI and other technical committees.

Caroline’s appointment coincides with the appointment of a new PPG President. Martin Gisbourne has taken over from Glen Sabin (MD Polypipe Civils) in this important role. Martin is Utilities and Industry director of Aliaxis UK.

The plastics pipes industry is ideally situated to face the challenges of the 21st century. It is estimated that plastics now account for over 54% of all new installations in the UK and it its market share is growing. In 2011, the estimated combined turnover of the UK manufacturers of plastics piping systems was £750 Million and the industry employs in excess of 8000 people.

Caroline continues ‘’ I have been working for the PPG for many years as standards and technical manager. Standards are at the core of our business, by working on producing high quality standards (BSs, BS ENs, WISs etc) and ensuring our products are third party certified to these standards, users and specifiers are assured our products are fit for purpose. A crucial role for the PPG – both at home and abroad – is participation in the committee structures which review and develop British, European and International standards. PPG members, through the PPG, engage actively in the writing of standards. All members are committed to producing high quality products with third party approval to these standards.

“I am thrilled to be starting as Director in the year that the PPG celebrates its 50th Birthday as the leading Trade Association for plastics pipes. With our history and market share we can no longer be considered as a new material and we look forward to the future when we will be considered as a traditional material with an established and well regarded performance. In addition, the high performance of plastic will allow us to meet the needs of new and emerging applications and technologies.”

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