Mike Boswell

Mike Boswell

British Plastics Federation
Chairman of Brexit Taskforce

Why we invited Mike

Mike is FIMMM, a Graduate & Post Graduate Polymer Technologist who has previously studied at Burton Technical College and the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University. His early career included experience in extrusion, thermoforming, and injection moulding with both in - house and trade moulders supplying vario us sectors including automotive and packaging.

In 1988 he joined Plastribution as a Trainee Technical Sales Executive and gained valuable experience in the sale of both commodity and engineering thermoplastics to a wide range of UK processors. He then moved into product management and in 1998 was appointed Business Development Director. In 2000 he was promoted to the position of Managing Director, and since this time the business has enjoyed considerable success and Plastribution became the UK’s
largest distributor in 2009.

Mike joined the British Federation Council in May 2005 and in 2007 he was elected Chairman of the BPF Distributors & Compounders Group and served in this capacity until 2012. In May 2012 he was elected Vice - president of the BPF and was subsequently elected President and served two years in this position from June 2013. In December 2015 he was re-elected as Chairman of the BPF Distributors & Compounders Group.

Where you can see Mike

27 Sep 2017
Time:  10:30
Main Stage
Brexit and the British Plastics Industry: A Perspective - Mike Boswell, Chairman of Brexit Taskforce - British Plastics Federation

Why you should attend this presentation

What is being done to both mitigate the risks associated with the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and maximise the resultant opportunities for the second largest employer in the UK’s manufacturing sector?

Following the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership at the end of June 2016 there is increasing awareness of the challenges that the decision to leave the world’s largest trading block will create. Not least of all are these felt in the plastics industry where there is a significant interdependence with Europe in terms of trade, employment and legislation.

In the immediate aftermath of the referendum outcome the British Plastics Federation formed an ‘EU Taskforce’ subsequently dubbed the “BREXIT Committee”, with the objective of ensuring that the interests of the UK plastics sector is properly considered by Government as part of the negotiation process. Key priorities include:

  • Easy access to the EU market
  • Sufficient availability of labour in a sector where 1 in 10 employed are
    currently non-UK EU citizens
  • A legislative framework compatible with the EU.

This presentation will tackle the issues affecting the plastics sector and look at what actions the BPF is taking to ensure that the needs of the UK plastics sector are properly addressed.

Mike Boswell

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