The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging has appointed Tata Steel’s packaging division Director of Sales Mr Luc Brantjes as the association’s new President. Mr Luc Brantjes was elected unanimously by the Board and General Assembly of APEAL and succeeds Mr Viliam Gašpar of US Steel Košice. His role as the 13th President of APEAL is effective from 1st January 2023 and is in line with the biennial rotating presidency of the association.Mr Brantjes said: “I would like to thank Viliam Gašpar for his strong leadership over the past two years as President of APEAL. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic during Mr Gašpar’s term, APEAL was delighted to see recycling of steel packaging in Europe hit another all-time high of 85.5%, which is an increase of 1.5% and is the 10th consecutive year in which the overall recycling rate has risen. The rise in the recycling rate of steel for packaging clearly demonstrates the sustainability credentials of the material as households across Europe are increasingly making a positive choice for the environment. Stakeholders can be assured that steel for packaging is a tried, tested, and sustainable solution ideally suited to a 21st century circular economy.”Mr Luc Brantjes has over 25 years of experience in the steel industry, most recently as Director of Sales in Tata Steel’s packaging division. Mr Brantjes studied Business Economics at the University of Amsterdam.