ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries (AFPI) was founded in December 1981 with the purpose of providing an arena to promote intra-regional trade and investment in the field of plastics industry. The forming of AFPI is to encourage more collaboration amongst the various ASEAN member countries in order to increase the level of advancement in Technology and hence sustainability of the Plastics Industry. AFPI realized that there will be a huge impact from FTA in various frameworks that will have great influence in the competitiveness of plastic market, especially for commodity products. The manufacturers may have to continually reduce their costs for compatible price and in turn the quality of the products may be compromised.
During the 15ᵗʰ Term AFPI Council meeting (2012-2014) held on April 3ʳᵈ, 2013 in Thailand, an ASEAN product contest was initiated as part of the plans and programs to promote the development and growth of the plastics industry in the ASEAN region. This resulted in the creation of a project called “ASEAN PLASTICS AWARDS” which aims to encourage innovation without compromising on the quality and standards, hence creating higher value to ASEAN’s plastic products. The first awards organized in 2014 and continued in 2016 hosted by Thailand. Currently, the 3ʳᵈ ASEAN Plastics Awards 2018 under theme “Going towards sustainable Value” and award winners will be announced on 21ˢᵗ September 2018 at AFPI&APF gala dinner.
- To raise the standard of the plastic manufacturing in ASEAN.
- To improve the quality and aesthetic of plastic products and encourage the value creation of plastic products.
- To promote the innovation in plastic products.