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Mr Defraye new head of CIRFS technical & environmental dept
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Dec '08
CIRFS – the association representing the European man-made fibres industry – is pleased to announce the appointment of Bernard Defraye as the new Head of the CIRFS Technical and Environmental Department. He will join CIRFS on December 1, 2008, and will take on his new responsibilities on January 1, 2009.

He will also take on the role of Secretary General of BISFA, the international organisation setting standards and test methods for man-made fibres. Mr Defraye succeeds Josef Spijkers, who is retiring at the end of 2008, after eight years heading the CIRFS technical and environmental activities.

CIRFS Director General Colin Purvis comments:
“The European man-made fibres industry owes a great debt of gratitude to Josef Spijkers, who has led the activities of CIRFS on technical and environmental issues during a period of rapid change for the fibres industry, and of constantly growing complexity in all these questions.

He has handled the CIRFS activities proactively, gaining strong support from the members and recognition from the European authorities of the expertise and sense of responsibility of CIRFS. We send him our best wishes for a very happy retirement. At the General Assembly of CIRFS held this week, he was awarded the highest industry honour, the CIRFS Silver Medal, as a sign of the industry's appreciation.

“We welcome Bernard Defraye to the CIRFS team. He has had a distinguished career in the manmade fibres industry, with senior positions in technical and commercial functions, and is well placed to carry the CIRFS activities forward. Dealing effectively with the growing volume of work on issues linked to sustainability and environmental responsibility, as well as carrying forward a wide range of other technical issues, is one of the most important functions of CIRFS, and I am confident that Bernard will maintain the high reputation of CIRFS and its service to its member companies.”

CIRFS priorities on technical and environmental questions include:
-Maintaining and updating BISFA work on technical standards
-Representing the industry in its relations with the European authorities on environmental legislation, emissions trading, generic fibre names, occupational exposure levels and much else
-Helping CIRFS demonstrate the strong environmental performance of European man-made fibre producers
-Supporting the Dornbirn Man-made Fibers Congress.

About CIRFS:
CIRFS is the association for Europe's € 13 billion man-made fibres industry, representing the industry to the European authorities and providing the industry with a wide range of services. Its members cover almost 90% of European man-made fibres output.

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