Forest Research Manager Leads Asia-Pacific Chemical Engineers' Confederation
Dr Russell Burton, Manufacturing Technologies Portfolio Manager at Forest Research and currently Chairman of the New
Zealand Society of Chemical Engineers, has recently been appointed President of the Asian-Pacific Confederation of
Chemical Engineers following the latest Confederation meeting in Seoul, Korea. This is the first time the
Confederation's Presidency has been held by New Zealand.
Chemical Engineers are the principal professional group behind the processing and manufacturing industries, from
petrochemicals through to dairy industries. As well as New Zealand, the Confederation membership is drawn from
Australia, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Through these
country associations, membership numbers of the Confederation are several tens of thousands. Negotiations are
progressing for China to join the group, which will substantially increase membership numbers. Notably, at present Asia
is the fastest growth area for the processing industries in the world.
The Confederation is concerned about professionalism, social responsibility, environmental awareness, education, and
technical advancement associated with the processing industries - to meet the needs of the consumer society in an
environmentally compatible way.
Dr Burton's Presidency will end in 2002 with a congress to be held in Christchurch, focusing on the New Zealand