APEAL name new president

The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) has appointed Viliam Gašpar as its new president.

Gašpar, who is director of customer technical service at U.S. Steel Košice, was elected unanimously by the Board and General Assembly of APEAL and succeeds Tony Waite of Tata Steel Europe. 

His role of president became effective from 1 January and is in line with the biennial rotating presidency of APEAL, defined by the association’s statutes.

Commenting Mr Gašpar said: “Under Tony Waite’s strong leadership, APEAL extended its membership to unite all five producers of steel for packaging in Europe.

“At the same time the association was able to grow understanding of the value of multiple recycling for true circularity, contributing actively to secondary Circular Economy Package legislation regarding the reporting and calculation of real recycling rates. 

“All this while reaching the record recycling rate of 82.5% in Europe, three years ahead of schedule.

“This constitutes a clear message to all stakeholders that steel for packaging is a tried, tested and sustainable solution ideally suited to a 21st century circular economy.”

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