Senior Vice President of Kline Europe Presents at European Petrochemical Association Meeting

-- Fred du Plessis Discusses Chemical Clusters on Plenary Panel --

LITTLE FALLS, NJ, December 27, 2007 – Fred du Plessis, Senior Vice President of Kline Europe, participated in a discussion of chemical clusters on a plenary panel at the European Petrochemical Association’s annual meeting in Berlin this past October.

Sharing the platform with Michael Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, Tom Crotty, CEO of Ineos Olefins, and other distinguished industry leaders, du Plessis shared his insights from the EPCA’s recently completed Think Tank project on supply chain optimization in European chemical clusters.

“Dissemination of the Think Tank’s key conclusions is an essential component of optimization of European chemical supply chains,” says du Plessis. “The advantages of chemical site clusters cannot be fully realized until there is industry-wide understanding of the benefits and hurdles accompanying them.”

As a member of the steering committee, Du Plessis, who is also treasurer of the European Chemical Site Promotion Platform, played a leading role in the EPCA’s Think Tank, which studied two representative European chemical clusters—the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr (ARRR) cluster in northwest Europe and the Tarragona cluster in Spain. The findings of the EPCA Think Tank have been published in a report available to members of the EPCA and the ECSPP.

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