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Taking the Heat in the Industrial and Chemical World

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Further opportunities for PVC-U in demanding pipe applications

The system is called DEKADUR Plus and it represents a high quality alternative to significantly more expensive metal and non-metal alternatives. Makers are Georg Fisher DEKA and their system is already improving cost performance and process safety within the global chlorine and pickling sector.

DEKADUR Plus was nominated for the 2013 Solvin Prize for Innovation. Dr. Stephan Schuessler, Head of R&D at Georg Fisher DEKA is delighted with the nomination and the market feedback his company has received for the product.  

Read more about how Dekadur Plus takes the heat.

International Study Supports PVC Pipe Performance and Service Life of 100+ Years

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A new study published by Steve Folkman of Utah State University buried structures laboratory has taken a comprehensive review of the longevity of PVC pipes in service in a range of countries – including Australia Holland, the USA and the UK.

A combination of pipe examination and testing date in conjunction with previous pipe failure studies and reports of pipes excavated in service support the view that PVC pipes can have a service life in excess of 100 years.  Read more about the Steven Folkman study.

PVC Pipes - Ideal Candidates for the Circular Economy

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PVCPipes – Ideal Candidates for the Circular Economy

‘PVC Pipes are ideal candidates for the circular economy’. So said Steve Tan, Executive Director of PVC4Pipes, speaking at the TEPPFA Forum 2014 held in Brussels on April 29th which was organised as the first official satellite event of ‘Green Week 2014’. Steve was sharing the platform with luminaries including Karl Falkenberg, Director General of the DG Environment, Brigitte Dero, General Manager of VinylPlus as well as NGO representatives including Piotr Barczak of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), who debated the topics relating to the circular economy during the first workshop of the event.

Steve pointed out that  it is possible to recycle rigid PVC eight times or more without any loss of properties, so that, since PVC pipes have a service life of at least 50 years, the material used to make them could, in effect, last for 400 years, thus emphasising the sustainability credentials of PVC pipes.

In addition PVC foam core pipes, which are made in such a way that a layer of rigid foamed PVC is sandwiched between two ‘skins’ of solid PVC (see photo), are the perfect place to put recycled rigid PVC, which can come from PVC pipes, window profiles, bottles and other post-consumer sources. Provided that the recyclate is ground down to a size of less than 800 microns, the properties of the foam core pipes are unaffected by the presence in the foamed layer of impurities such as glass, aluminium and rubber, which may be present if the recyclate has come, for instance, from recycled PVC windows.

 

PVC foam core pipe.

During the discussions it became clear that, while a ban on plastics landfill is necessary, more has to be done to permit the wider re-use of material recycling especially in terms of REACH and other regulatory compliance. This was emphasised by Steve Tan in his presentation in which he pointed out that the large market for PVC foam core pipes in Europe could, in principle, accommodate all of the 240+ thousand tonnes of rigid PVC which were recycled in 2012 under the auspices of VinylPlus. However, threats to this encouraging progress are coming from the inclusion in Annex XV (the Candidate List) of ADCA*, the agent used to make the foam layer in foam core pipes and the way in which so-called legacy additives will be treated under REACH, the EU Waste Directive and CLP Regulations.

PVC4Pipes has issued a Position Paper on ADCA which goes in to more detail about the subject and proposes a more appropriate method to control any risks associated with the use of ADCA.   To see the Position Paper, click here.

* Azodicarbonamide =  Azo bis-Formamide (CAS No. 123-77-3)

For more information, please contact Stephen Tan, Executive Director of PVC4Pipes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VinylPlus Progress Report 2014 - Available Now

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VinylPlus Progress Report 2014 - Available Now!

VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, presented its Progress Report 2014 at the Vinyl Sustainability Forum on 8th May in Rome.  The report summarises VinylPlus' progress and achievements in 2013 in each of the five sustainable development challenges identified for the PVC in the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry.

Read the full VinylPlus Progress report 2014.

VinylPlus raises the bar by registering over 440,000 tonnes of recycled PVC in Europe in 2013

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VinylPlus raises the bar by registering over 440,000 tonnes of recycled PVC in Europe in 2013

VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, registered a record of 444,468 tonnes of recycled PVC last year - keeping the industry on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020.  The 2013 results were presented at the 2014 Vinyl Sustainability Forum on 8 May in Rome, gathering delegates and speakers from international, European and Italian institutions, NGOs, retailers and global PVC industry representatives.

Read the VinylPlus Press Release on recycling in 2013.

PVC-U Pipes - Ageless and Ever Green

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Ton Schoenmaker is convinced that when it comes to performance and sustainability, PVC-U pipes are green, lean and clean. As a Dutchman, he clearly has an appreciation for water and environmental management – so much so that he recently presented the technical evidence for his convictions at the recent eighth Plastic Pipes & Fittings Conference in Moscow. Title of his PVC-U pipe presentation was ‘Performance and Sustainability.’

Read more about Schoenmakers presentation in Russia, April 2014.

Plastic Pipes XVII to award best presentation prize

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Plastic Pipes XVII to Award Best Presentation Prize

The organizers of Plastic Pipes XVII conference and exhibition have decided to award a Best Presentation Prize to the most significant contribution in the field of plastic pipe technology.  Nominations for the award will be judged from the 130 presentations delivered during the next event in Chicago's Swissôtel, 22 - 24 September, 2014.

A draft programme is available at http://www.ppxvii.org/docs/program_chicago_web_v3.pdf.

For further information: please contact Mrs Eva Balassa - Congress Ltd. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read the Press Release about the prize to be awarded at PP XVII, Chicago.

PVC Recycling Technologies - VinylPlus brochure

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PVC Recycling Technologies - VinylPlus Brochure

This new VinylPlus brochure outlines the context and opportunities for recycling in Europe, as well as some of the challenges and solutions for extending the recycling of waste PVC.  The emphasis is on the emerging PVC recycling technologies that can access the 'more difficult to recycle' waste streams.

VinylPlus has the challenging target of recycling 800 000 tonnes of PVC annualy by 2020.  Within this target is a contribution of 100 000 tonnes from 'more difficult to recycle' PVC waste.  One or more of the technologies described in this brochure must play an essential role in achieving this ambitious target.

Download the VinylPlus brochure on recycling technologies for PVC

VinylPlus New Brochure: Closing the loop with PVC

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VinylPlus Brochure - Closing the Loop with PVC

VinylPlus just issued a new brochure, Closing the Loop with PVC, showcasing a non-exhaustive selection of best practice examples developed within the framework of the VinylPlus programme.  The brochure emphasizes the commitment across the PVC value-chain but also towards wider audiences.  It describes the VinylPlus programme in practice looking at PVC applications along with quotes from decision-makers, local authorities, VinylPlus management, VinylPlus partners, recyclers, etc.  Also have a closer look at page 14 which is highlighting the development by Molecor (PVC4Pipes member) of the largest PVC-O pipe in the world.  Download the brochure 'Closing the Loop with PVC'.

SOTRA SEPEREF becomes the leading French manufacturer of bi-oriented PVC pipes

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In 2012, an investment of more than € 3 million was made by SOTRA SEPEREF for the acquisition of a second production line of bi-oriented PVC pipes. Used for the distribution of drinking water, bi-oriented PVC pipes are the greenest solution available on the market thanks to a continuous process of bi- orientation, a manufacturing process that only few companies in the world have mastered. Read the Sotra Seperef Press Release.