At the World Coatings Council’s annual meeting, hosted by the China National Coatings Industry Association (CNCIA) in Shanghai, China, Tom Bowtell, chief executive of the British Coatings Federation, was re-elected as president for a second two-year term of office.

The Council, with the United Nations, governments and NGOs for over 30 years, has provided a forum for exchange and cooperation on major issues and priorities facing the industry.

The World Coatings Council is made up of members representing associations from the United States, China, European Union, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, Turkey, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Mr Bowtell highlighted the Council’s importance in helping to ‘create a successful and sustainable future for the sector.’ He added, ‘We will continue to lead on the themes of sustainability and essentiality in our work in the coming years. I’m incredibly honoured to have the trust of my industry colleagues from across the world to serve a second term as president on behalf of the global coatings industry.’

The meeting also re-elected Monica Alcala-Saavedra of the Mexican Paint and Printing Ink Manufacturers’ Association as vice president of the Council.

The event was also the last for Andy Doyle, former president and founder of the World Coatings Council in 1992, who is retiring from the American Coatings Association later this year.

Commenting on Mr Doyle’s contribution, Mr Bowtell said, ‘It is through his ability to bring people together, and to create an environment of trust and cooperation that has led to the World Coatings Council becoming such a vibrant, proactive and successful global organisation it is today, now with over 15 countries in membership. The Council owes a huge debt to Andy Doyle, who can be hugely proud of what he has achieved.’

Mr Doyle added, ‘I’m so proud of how the Council has developed over the years, and while I will of course miss it, I feel confident that I’m leaving it in good hands.’