United Kingdom – Today sees the launch of the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA), a new association dedicated to representing all responsible and ethical independent vaping businesses in the UK, irrespective of the size of their companies and operations.
There are a significant number of immediate challenges facing all those involved in the vape industry; whether an importer, a manufacturer, a vendor, or a distributor. However, the challenges and opportunities facing this sector will not go away following the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
With this in mind, some of the UK’s leading independent vendors, manufacturers, distributors, and importers have joined forces to form the IBVTA, a not-for-profit trade association representing the whole of the independent vaping industry.
All IBVTA members are free from any ownership or control by the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, making the IBVTA the only tobacco industry independent vaping trade association.
Already IBVTA members account for more than 50 per cent of independent market of UK manufactured and imported devices and e-liquids, making IBVTA the largest trade association in this sector.
IBVTA will support members through the immediate challenges of TPD implementation, but crucially, IBVTA has been established to support the independent vape industry in the long term, representing all responsible and ethical independent vaping businesses in the UK.
Fraser Cropper, Managing Director of Totally Wicked, a Lancashire based vape product manufacturer has been appointed the first Chairman of IBVTA.
Speaking at the launch of IBVTA, Fraser Cropper said:
“There are a number of well documented challenges facing the independent vape sector and IBVTA will support our members through this challenging period. Critically though, we believe, given the appropriate recognition and proportionate consumer regulatory framework, that vaping in the UK has a bright future.
It is the independent sector that has established and built vaping in the UK. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the wider IBVTA membership to ensure a viable, fair, and competitive environment in which the independent vape industry can thrive for years to come.”
The mission of IBVTA is to provide credible knowledge and guidance to support the independent vaping sector and promote constructive interaction between this industry sector and the scientific community, vapers, regulators, policy makers, and the general public.
Based in the heart of Westminster, but with a nation-wide membership, IBVTA is supported by a dedicated secretariat and a science and regulatory committee made up of experienced engineers, chemists, and pharmacists.
Already IBVTA has held a number of constructive meetings with a range of leading politicians and government officials, and regulators.