A new network for businesses with an interest in plastics has been launched in the region.
The PLASTICS netWORK promises to be an informal forum for business networking and knowledge transfer on issues such as sustainability, legislation, the environment and skills gaps.
It will be open to businesses in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and the Black Country and has been launched by [email protected], The Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and PS Partnerships & Consultancy.
A spokesman said: "Plastic materials have a pivotal role to play in society, from their use in medical devices and safety protection to helping provide safe and clean drinking water and reducing CO2 emissions through its lightweight and durable properties.
"The industry is the third largest employer in the UK manufacturing sector and generates over £20 billion of turnover.
"This informal network will bring together experience and knowledge from across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and the Black Country.
"Whether you are a material supplier, processor, packaging manufacturer or use plastics in your products or processes, then the PLASTICS netWORK is for you. The first event will be held on 20th January and will focus on an important topic for us all … plastics and the environment.
"With a myriad of legislation, consumer campaigns, regulations and industry initiatives, this virtual event will help you to navigate this confusing maze and show how we can all work together to support this key industry."
The network also wants to hear about the key issues affecting your business, the skills gaps you struggle to fill and other issues affecting the sector to shape future events.