PVC4Pipes: New App to Bridge the Gap

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When it comes to creating a presentation, the skill of being able to 'put all the facts together and then put them across in an interesting way' is fundamental. PVC4Pipes has now gone one step further by providing an App that communicates all the essential benefits of PVC piping systems alongside their green credentials.

The need for such a digital source of information is explained by Fabio Bernardi, Executive Director of PVC4Pipes. “This 'oracle'  is designed to serve as a common  platform not only for all those involved in the industry but also for the general public,” he says. “Many people are unaware of the extent to which PVC pipe systems have improved the individual well-being and public health of our communities. And now recent scientific studies have revealed fascinating facts that justify more intensive communication.”

1936 Berlin Olympics

One interesting fact (as revealed by the App) is that the world's first ever commercial  PVC pipelines were supplied for the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics. Having been installed eighty years ago for the Olympic Village, it is equally interesting to note that some of these water and drainage pipes are still in use today.

However, this long track record beneath and far away from the Olympic field has certainly not been controversial. It has opened up an interesting and thorough understanding of PVC pipe technology and design. Durability has also not escaped the wisdom of the App!

“Pressure and non-pressure underground pipes are considered to have a service life in excess of 100 years,” it reminds us and states conditionally: “Provided that the design loadings for the chosen grade of pipe are not exceeded and that installers have used European Norm (EN) marked products.”

As for performance in the field of sustainability, the App emphasizes the low environmental impact of PVC pipe systems compared to those made from heavy pipe materials such as ductile iron and concrete. Figures derived from independent assessment for energy consumption and CO2 emissions are provided upfront and online.

Low environmental impact

Equally upfront and online are these figures for bi-oriented PVC pipes. Originally developed over 20 years ago in the Netherlands, these pipes have exceptional mechanical properties. Often referred to as PVC-O pipes, they also have an exceptionally low environmental impact. The App discloses that the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of pipes made from ductile iron are almost double those of comparable PVC-O pipes. 

Bernardi is convinced that this App will convince designers and specifiers: “For example, our PVC pipe systems deliver drinking water from below by harvesting rainwater from above. Because this essential work is carried out below ground and seemingly private, we are too quick to forget their public performance. And yet, nearly every word captured by the computer keyboard of daily life is raced through a telecom cable – protected in some place or other by a PVC pipe.”

The PVC4Pipe App was developed from an original training package used by sales forces of member companies. Now currently available as 45 pages of English text, it will be reproduced shortly on the website in German, French, Spanish and Russian.

To use the App, navigate to and click the blue banner on the right side: 'Discover our new online presentation'.

Headlines from PVC Pipelines at PPXVIII Confererence

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More than 20 out of a total of 119 papers at this year's Plastic Pipes XVIII Conference in Berlin will relate to the PVC pipe industry. PVC4Pipes, the industry's global association will underline the benefits of its pipe systems and make a strong reference case for their use.

Fabio Bernardi, Executive Director of the association explains: “Our PVC pipes continue to age and perform gracefully. Nevertheless, recent headlines remind us that even in the most public corners of the so-called developed world, bad pipes are not always replaced by good pipes.” 

Flint stint over aging pipes

Bernardi cites as example the recent health issues raised by Hillary Clinton over the matter of lead entering the water supply from aging water pipes in the US city of Flint. “Once dubbed the fourth most dangerous city in the US because of crime, Flint is now on the front page because of the dangerous health quality of its water supply. If only Flint had learned from its neighbouring city of Burton whose 1930's water mains have been replaced by cheaper, non-corrosive, sustainable PVC pipes.”

Pipe papers

“This year we celebrate the world's first ever PVC water pipe network installed 80 years ago in the Berlin region. In looking back, we shall also be looking forward. The interest of conference users, choosers and extruders will be drawn by the latest developments in our technology.” 

A glimpse of the 23 PVC conference papers currently reflects this view. For example, the CO2 footprint of PVC rainwater gutter systems has been measured by independent assessment and will be announced officially for the first time. 

Bruce Hollands, Executive Director of the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association will provide a comprehensive review of the environmental benefits of PVC pipe systems. A paper delivered by Dr. Chris Howick from INOVYN will review their regulatory position within the EU and demonstrate how and why PVC remains and will be a key part of pipe formulations for drinking water applications. 

The world demand for PVC foam pipes is growing and so are their diameters – large sizes start at 400 mm and are now available to 1000 mm. Their most recent cost advantages and developments will be communicated by Dieter Polte from Vestolit GmbH. 

PLASTIC PIPES XVIII Conference and Exhibition will be held in Berlin's InterContinental Hotel on 12 – 14 September 2016. The event is organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA). Member associations of PPCA comprise PVC4Pipes, PE 100+, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA). 

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A full list of PVC papers presented at PLASTIC PIPES Conferences since 1970 has been posted to their website on:


PVC4Pipes at Vinyl India-2016

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PVC4Pipes will be present at the forthcoming Vinyl India-2016 – 6th International PVC & Chlor-Alkali Summit on 21st and 22nd April 2016 at the Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbia, India.

Delegates to this event will be drawn from a wide range of activities within the PVC industry. Over 360 people have already registered and 700 are expected to attend.

Day 1 will concentrate on the PVC market scenario, additives and compounding, and on recent developments in PVC technology and processing.  The programme of Day 2 will include presentations on pipes and profiles, thinking out of the pipes and presentations on other PVC applications and on PVC – the Smart Plastic for Smart Cities.

Fabio Bernardi, PVC4Pipes Executive Director, will present a paper about “VinylPlus, the European Voluntary Commitment for Sustainable Development and its relevance for PVC pipes”. 

PVC4Pipes will host an exhibition stand at the conference and will provide commercial and technical information about the features and benefits of PVC pipe systems. 

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Inovyn Launches 'Inovyn Awards 2016'

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Inovyn Launches 'Inovyn Awards 2016'

Inovyn has launched the first edition of its Inovyn Awards, celebrating innovation with vinyls.

The Inovyn Awards 2016 is designed to help boost innovation by recognising and promoting key achievements in the vinyls industry and is expected to draw entrants from around the world including manufacturers; distributors; product specifiers; architects and designers; students; academics and research organisations.

The main award will be the 'Inovyn Award for Inoovation with Vinyls'.  The deadline for the receipt of entries is 15 May 2016.

For more information, read the full Inovyn Press Release.

Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016

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Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016: Smart Vinyl for Our Cities

The 4th edition of the Vinyl Sustainability Forum will take place in Vienna, Austria, on 28th April 2016.

Building upon VSF15, the theme for this year is “Smart Vinyl for Our Cities”.  Cities are where an increasing majority of the world's population will be living and working in the future and where the challenge to provide essential services will be the greatest.

The 2016 Forum will provide a unique opportunity to explore the potentially growing opportunities worldwide for PVC to contribute to delivering essential human needs in a safe, responsible and cost-effective way.

What you can expect

  • Keynote speeches, presentations, panel and open discussions;
  • High-level speakers spanning the EU Institutions, UNIDO, UNEP, NGOs, academia, government bodies, specifiers, architects, designers and the PVC industry;
  • Led by two dynamic moderators: Paul Hohnen and Madeleine Laffont.

Key topics

  • Sustainable Cities in the 21st Century - The Big Global Challenge
  • Setting the Standards for Sustainable Cities
  • Global Vinyl Markets
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • New Applications and Markets for Vinyl in Cities
  • Vinyl in Future Cities: Doing Better by Design

Great networking opportunities

From the Welcome Cocktail on 27th April to the Dinner on the evening of 28th April.

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PVC Papers Provide over a Million Words

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PVC Papers Provide over a Million Words

PVC4Pipes has opened a public archive of more than 250 PVC papers that were delivered during successive International Plastic Pipe Conferences for the last 45 years  to the present. Over a million words of technical and commercial importance to the PVC industry can now be scanned, sorted and shared for content.

Fabio Bernardi, Executive Director of PVC4Pipes explains: “The PVC pipe industry has a record for trends and transparency. We designed this data resource to serve as reference material for a wide spectrum of stakeholders that range from academia, environmental groups and government to raw material suppliers, plastic pipe makers and most importantly our customers and end-users.”

First organised in the UK city of Southampton, these biannual conferences and exhibitions have become truly global events. Typically over 500 participants and speakers from more than 40 countries attend to share the latest business and technical news in the world of plastic pipe technology. PVC4Pipes will update their archive to include future conferences. The next event (Plastic Pipes XVIII) is currently being organised by the Plastic Pipes Conference Association and will take place in Berlin at the Hotel InterContinental on 12 -14 September 2016.

“Whilst PVC pipes have been around to keep their roundness in tough active service for the last eighty years, their technology and benefits continue to advance at a greater pace.” Bernardi notes. “Our PVC pipe portal will not only communicate with our many audiences, it may also educate some visitors to our website. It will certainly differentiate PVC pipe solutions from antiquated non-plastic pipe systems!.”

A good number of the archived papers have created industry media attention. Typical examples include: the long term behaviour of buried UPVC sewer pipe (Bath 1988); Molecularly Orientated PVC pressure pipes (Edinburgh 1995) and Validation of the Long Life of PVC pipes (Chicago 2014). There are many more examples and more particularly those papers that report on the technical work carried out in the field of sustainability testing and assessment.

All papers posted to the archive may be freely viewed and downloaded from

Bernardi points out: “One picture may be worth a thousand words but I believe our million words make for a very big picture. They describe and prescribe a world where added value is created in terms of public health and well-being.”

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Call for Papers at 80 Years PVC Pipe Anniversary

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PVC4Pipes has joined the call for papers to be delivered at next year's PLASTIC PIPES XVIII Conference and Exhibition hosted in Berlin. Next year will mark the 80 years anniversary since the first installation of PVC pipes and the organisation wants to underline the most significant developments that have recently taken place in the industry.

Fabio Bernardi, Executive Director of PVC4Pipes explains: “PVC drinking water and waste pipelines were first installed from 1936 to 1939 to over 400 residences in central Germany. With this anniversary and the proximate location of this event in Berlin, we are keen to underline the tremendous benefits of these pipe systems to public health and well-being in the past and present. We also want to communicate the advances that are shaping our technology for the future.”  

PVC4Pipes are counting on at least twenty five related papers to be delivered to conference. Subject matter will typically cover market issues, pipeline solutions, application areas, processing, test methods, performance and sustainability.

Potential presenters are invited to submit a 300 word abstract in the English language before 25 November 2015. Title, name, position, company address and contact details should also be included through the online submission on the conference website:   

Recycling and sustainability

Bernardi expects that recycling and sustainability will occupy a central focus: “The plastic pipe industry in Europe has been making new PVC pipes from old pipes for over 25 years, the technology has spawned an industry that has now reached a global scale. PVC pipe collection and recycling schemes in the EU-28 will account for an accumulative target of 65,000 tons by the end of this year. Activities now operating successfully in Russia, Australia, Canada, India, United States, South Africa, China and other major markets will make for a remake of an estimated 250,000 tons of energy rich PVC recyclate.”

“How the PVC pipe value chain became an industrial role model for sustainable change is a fascinating story.” says Bernardi. “By their very nature, pipe dreams are supposed to be fanciful and beyond hope. However, by listening carefully to all our stakeholders in the past and present, the future of our pipelines has become very real and very sustainable.”

Plastics Pipes XVIII Conference and Exhibition will be held in Berlin's InterContinental Hotel on 12 – 14 September 2016. In addition to occupying an exhibition stand, PVC4Pipes are an iPad sponsor of the event and will present the Best Presentation Award chosen by jury from a total of 130 papers delivered.     

The event is organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA). Member associations of PPCA comprise PVC4Pipes, PE 100+, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

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PVC4Pipes at the Brussels Sustainable Development Summit 2015

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PVC4Pipes at the Brussels Sustainable Development Summit 2015

PVC4Pipes was present at the Brussels Sustainable Development Summit 2015 held on 19 and 20 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

BSDS 2015 brought together various Heads of State and Government, opinion leaders, policy makers and internationally renowned delegates of industry and academia to debate on world important issues: climate change, environmental and energy related issues.

The two-day event focussed on exchanging views on a wide range of central themes such as Sustainable Development Goals and COP21, innovative value chains for sustainable process industry, regional sustainable development, carbon dioxide capture and utilisation, smart cities India and Europe and Cleantech industry – Investability – Business opportunities.

PVC4Pipes contributed to the event presenting a poster on the “CO2 Footprint of PVC Plastic Pipe Systems: an assessment based on EPDs” in Track 2 session – Regional Sustainable Development.

The poster shows that when considering all the categories of the LCA, the average environmental impact of plastic pipe systems are in general lower than of comparable other materials.  The CO2 footprint, which is the best known parameter and the environmental impact in the LCA, is as well lower than of comparable other materials.  The poster also highlights the commitment of PVC4Pipes members to develop new EPDs for other types of plastic pipes and fittings and to further reduce the environmental impact of plastic pipe systems.

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PVC4Pipes at China International Pipe Conference

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PVC4Pipes at the fourth China International Pipe Conference

PVC4Pipes was present at the fourth China International Pipe Conference held on 21 and 22 September in Shanghai.

Hosted by the China Plastics Piping Association (CPPA), the event was also organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) as a spin-off conference to their biannual international conference (Plastic Pipes XVII) held in 2014 year in Chicago.

The event brought together plastic pipe makers, suppliers of raw materials and additives as well as manufacturers of processing and test equipment. End-users such as water supply, drainage, sewer, gas, infrastructure development, and testing/certification bodies were also represented.

The conference programme covered a wide range of issues.  “Major improvements in quality standards for manufacturing, installation and performance are taking place in the region”, says Zoran Davidovski. “We therefore decided to review international trends in this area as well as look at the most recent experience and expertise from a regional and world perspective”.

PVC4Pipes hosted an exhibition stand at the conference and provided commercial and technical information about the features and related benefits of PVC pipe systems.  A4 pager presenting the association was also included in the event proceedings.

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The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

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The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, issued in October 2015 a brand new brochure: “On the Road to Sustainability: the Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus”.

The brochure highlights how the European PVC value chain managed to take the journey from being severely criticised to become a role model for how industry can achieve sustainable change.

This new brochure tells the story of how the European PVC industry, through large investments and partnerships, transformed the material from being vilified to play an important role in the battle against cli­mate change and establishing a circular econ­omy. Because most PVC products are durable, fully recyclable, light-weight and have a low carbon footprint, PVC has been recognised as a material for the future. This remarkable journey of the material has only been possible because of the European PVC industry’s voluntary com­mitments Vinyl 2010 and VinylPlus.

 On the Road to Sustainability: the Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

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