Brussels, May 10th, 2023

PETCORE Europe is pleased to announce that it has appointed Martin Stephan as Executive Director, vice Ermis Panagiotopoulos, who served as Interim Executive Director since January 1st, 2023.

Martin Stephan spent his entire career in the chemical industry, in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and has been more recently Deputy CEO of CARBIOS, a French clean-tech developing technologies for the end-of-life of plastics and fibers, including PET. CARBIOS was one of the founding members and co-chair of the Depolymerization working group of PETCORE Europe.

“We thank Ermis for taking on the role of Executive Director as Interim in the last four months, and we wish him all the best in his role of Head Sustainability Advocacy EMEA at Indorama Ventures PCL. We welcome Martin Stephan, and we are convinced that his experience and competencies will be paramount to deliver on the mission of the Association.” says Antonello Ciotti, Chairman of PETCORE Europe.

“I am very excited to join PETCORE Europe, an association which grew very significantly during the last 6 years under the leadership of Christian Crepet. The PET industry is facing multiple challenges and can greatly contribute to meeting the EU sustainability goals thanks to the unique properties of PET, the world's most recycled plastic.” says Martin Stephan.


About PETCORE Europe: with 165 members, PETCORE Europe represents the entire PET industry (monomers and PET manufacturers, converters, brand-owners, retailers and recyclers) at the EU institutions and other stakeholders.


Maria Trofimova

Digital Communications Officer, Petcore Europe

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About Petcore Europe

Petcore Europe is the association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993.

Its mission is to ensure that the entire PET industry is well aligned to enhance its value and sustainable growth, to represent the PET industry before the European institutions and other stakeholders, to ensure that PET is positioned as an outstanding packaging material and recognised as environmentally sound, to support and validate innovative packaging solutions from a recycling perspective, and to work with all interested parties to ensure a continuous increase of PET post-consumer collection and recycling.

PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) is a strong but lightweight form of polyester. It is used to make containers for soft drinks, juices, drinks, water, edible oil, fresh food and dairy as well as household cleaners and other non-food applications. PET bottles and food containers, such as sheets and trays are perfectly recyclable while they help to reduce CO2 emissions and food waste.


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