PVC4Pipes - Check our New Leaflet

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PVC4Pipes - New Leaflet!

Check our new leaflet presenting PVC4Pipes, the ECVM’s platform to communicate about the use of PVC in pipe systems in the global market. Our members come from all parts of the industry’s value chain. They include companies which produce raw materials – PVC resin and additives – and those which manufacture the wide array of PVC pipes and fittings available in today’s market, as well as scientific and testing institutes and promotional associations.

PVC4Pipes is the voice of the PVC pipe industry across a wide range of topics, increasing its ability to engage proactively in dialogue with stakeholders. Members benefit from a dynamic exchange of ideas and information, which help them to develop their business.

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PVC4Pipes at PVC2017 - 25 to 27 April 2017

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PVC4Pipes will be present at the forthcoming PVC2017 Conference on 25 - 27 April 2017 in Brighton, UK.

Over 300 people have already registered to attend the triennial conference which continues to be the World's most reputable conference, supporting the future of PVC across the world through information, education, debate and discussion.  Delegates, coming from over 35 countries, will be drawn from a wide range of activities within the PVC industry.

The plenary session on Day 1 will feature, among others, two keynote speeches:  Dr. Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager, will highlight VinylPlus achievements and how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development contributes successfully to the Circular Economy.  Dr. Mark Everard from Pundamilia ltd. will highlight how PVC and the industry can contribute to the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs). The day will also include presentations on the opportunities and challenges for the PVC industry globally by representatives from Germany, UK, China, Japan, India, and many others.

The programme of Day 2 and 3 will include sessions on additives and regulation; sustainability and recycling / sustainability and medical; machinery, processing efficiency and savings; PVC innovation; and many more.

PVC4Pipes will be at the conference, sharing an exhibition stand with the PVC Family: ECVM (the European Council of the Vinyl Manufacturers), PVCMed, PVC4Cables and VinylPlus. 

More information on the event and registration:

VSF2017 - Towards Circular Economy - 10 & 11 May 2017

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VinylPlus announces exciting expert speaker line-up for VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017

VinylPlus has announced its programme with a host of prominent international speakers who will be exploring the key sustainability challenges for PVC at the fifth VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany on May 10th and 11th 2017.

Organised by VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainability programme, this year’s forum will revolve around ‘Towards Circular Economy’ and explore the many growing opportunities for the industry to contribute to enhanced resource efficiency.

Against a backdrop of important decisions being taken on the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, top-level speakers will be delivering keynote speeches and presentations alongside discussions on vinyl’s positive role in a future stronger circular economy. They include representatives spanning the EU institutions, the UN, academia, politicians, specifiers, designers and architects and all sectors of the PVC industry.

Key topics include Circular Economy policies, both nationally and Europe-wide and their potential impact on the plastics industry as a whole. Two keynote speeches from Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary at the Slovak Ministry of Environment and Dr Helge Wendenburg, Director General of the German Environment Ministry will cover best practice and development perspectives towards a circular economy at EU and national level.

Joining them will be Christophe Yvetot, Head of UNIDO Liaison Office to the EU whose update on the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be followed by Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager. Brigitte will highlight their current achievements and how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development contributes successfully to the Circular Economy.

The event will also feature an in-depth look at global PVC industry issues with examples of worldwide projects followed by European PVC industry initiatives with presentations on innovation in the medical, pipes and cables sectors.

 The comprehensive programme will conclude with a visionary keynote address from Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker from the Club of Rome and leading commentators showcasing vinyl’s versatile and sustainable role in eco design and the material’s superior performance in ‘better lifestyles with smart PVC products’.

Commenting on the programme, Brigitte Dero says: “Our Circular Economy theme reflects on-going high-profile debate on the Circular Economy Package and the outcomes from those decisions. With the Circular Economy Package, European decision makers have the immediate opportunity to stimulate growth, innovation and investment in the recycling sector.

“That is what VinylPlus is all about: improving environmental protection in a sustainable and economically viable way. Having already made significant progress towards our sustainability goals, including the replacement of lead-based stabilisers in the EU-28 market in 2016, we are continuing this excellent work. Our annual event provides the perfect platform for delegates to collaborate, share and celebrate best practice.”

VinylPlus is the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry. The programme establishes a long-term framework for the sustainable development of the PVC industry by tackling a number of critical challenges in the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland. 

More information on the 2017 Forum can be found at

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South Africa & China Plastic Pipe Spin-Off Conferences

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South Africa and China - Plastic Pipe Conferences Announced

The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced dates and venues for its spin-off conferences and exhibitions in South Africa and China for this year.  The first event in South Africa will be held on 4-5 September 2017 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.  The second will be hosted in Hangzhou, China on 26-27 October 2017.

The PPCA is organizing these events in close collaboration with the respective plastic associations, namely the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) and the China Plastics Piping Association (CPPA).

For more information, read the full press release on the PPCA's spin-off conferences


The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum - May 2017

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The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum: Towards Circular Economy

The theme for the fifth edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 10 and 11 May 2017 has been announced and it will be: ‘Towards Circular Economy’.

Circular Economy is currently very high on the European political agenda. Important decisions will be taken in the context of the Circular Economy Package, which will have an impact on the plastics industry as a whole in the future.

The 2017 Forum will provide a unique opportunity for VinylPlus members and their stakeholders to explore the potentially growing opportunities for PVC to contribute to a stronger circular economy, where resources are used in a more sustainable way.

Among others, discussions will cover:

•    EU and Regional Policies on Circular Economy

•    Eco-design & innovation with PVC

•    Better lifestyles with smart PVC products

VinylPlus looks forward to welcoming you at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in 2017 and to sharing the many emerging opportunities for the PVC industry to contribute to the circular economy.  This is a “Not-to-be-Missed” event, so be sure to save the dates.

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Plastic Pipes XIX - September 2018

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Plastic Pipes XIX Conference - September 2018

The Plastic Pipes XIX Conference and Exhibition will take place in Las Vegas, US at the Red Rock Resort on the 24 – 26 September 2018.

Key subjects to be covered at Las Vegas will focus on technical and marketing issues relating to the materials, design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipe systems. Best practice will be viewed through the prism of sustainability as well as the use of landmark case studies. Technical and engineering pipe solutions will also be reviewed and the conference program will identify market trends for further growth in the use of plastic pipes.

Further information concerning conference registration, papers, exhibition and sponsorship can be obtained in the first instance from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PVC4Pipes at Plastic Pipes XVIII

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PVC4Pipes at Plastic Pipes XVIII Conference

PVC4Pipes was present at the Plastci Pipes XVIII Conference held on 12 to 14 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany.

Hosted by the Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA), the event was a big success.  The event attracted almost 450 participants from 43 countries and covered the very latest developments in plastic pipe technology as well as the global indutsry pioneers its application.

A total of 116 papers and 14 posters were delivered to the conference and the exhibition was the largest ever with 39 exhibitors.  The conference programme covered key topics such as market issues, plastic pipeline solutions, application areas for plastic pipes, materials, testing and performance and sustainability.

As one of the organizers, PVC4Pipes had the opportunity to make a presentation on the PVC4Pipes Training and Presentation Packages.  An A4 pager presenting the association was also included in the event proceedings.

PVC4Pipes hosted and exhibition stand and provided commercial and technical information about the features and related benefits of PVC pipe systems.

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PPXVIII - Berlin: Final Programme

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PPXVIII Berlin Conference - Final Programme

The final programme for the Plastic Pipes XVIII Conference and Exhibition has now been published on the event website. Organizers expect a record attendance of over 450 delegates and urge participants to register before 1 September to take advantage of accommodation deals. The event is being hosted at Berlin's InterContinental 12 -14 September 2016.

The published program does reveal some innovative ideas in the world of plastic pipe technology.

Read more on PPXVIII and the final programme.

Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016

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Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016 - Highlights!

The 4th edition of the Vinyl Sustainability Forum took place in Vienna, Austria, on 28th April 2016. Taking the theme of “Smart Vinyl For Our Cities”, the Forum attracted more than 130 stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, specifiers, designers, architects and all sectors of the PVC industry.

The 2016 Forum provided 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.

Featuring top-level speakers from across Europe, presentations and panel discussions centred on the versatile role of PVC in meeting the future needs of people living and working in urban environments and how it can make a significant contribution to many aspects of the built environment.

Keynote speeches included a presentation by Stephan Sicars, Director Department of  Environment, UNIDO on the main outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals (2015 -2030) and the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) and their relevance for cities.  Christos Fragakis, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission outlined how the EU plans to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the urban context and links with the 2015 EU Circular Economy Plan.

VinylPlus General Manager Brigitte Dero presented the 2015 results and highlighted lead-based stabiliser replacement as a 'historic achievement'.  She stated: "Our progress and achievements in 2015 demonstrate how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment is contributing to addressing climate change, improving product sustainability and moving the European PVC industry towards a circular economy".

A session was dedicated to 'Cities and Water management' with a presentation by Durk Krol, Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) on 'Challenges for Water', followed by a paper on 'Vinyl, Cities and Water Management' by Steve Tan, former PVC4Pipes Executive Director.

Reflecting on the Forum, Josef Ertl concluded: “Having heard some inspiring talks and presentations, I feel encouraged about the future of PVC. We are well on track and on our way to the sustainable development goals we have set for PVC; making PVC a material of choice offering safe products, contributing to society welfare. Achieving this vision is worth all efforts in our industry. I encourage all of you to help us to contribute to this vision because it’s up to us to make it happen.

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  Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager                    Josef Ertl, VinylPlus Chairman

Stephan Sicars, UNIDO

Vinyl India-2016 - A Big Success!

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PVC4Pipes at Vinyl India-2016

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

The 6th Vinyl India 2016 Summit was a big success.  The event gathered over 770 delegates representing over 300 organisations from 24 countries across the globe.

Day 1 focused on the PVC market scenario, together with 3 parallel sessions on additives and compounding, on recent developments in PVC technology and processing.  The programme of Day 2 included sessions on pipes, on Thinking Out of the Pipe and other PVC applications, and on PVC – the Smart Plastic for Smart Cities.

Fabio Bernardi, PVC4pipes Executive Director, presented a joint PVC4Pipes / VinylPlus paper about “VinylPlus, the European PVC Industry Voluntary Commitment for Sustainable Development and its relevance for PVC pipes”.

PVC4Pipes hosted an exhibition stand at the conference and provided commercial and technical information about the features and benefits of PVC pipe systems.


  Fabio Bernardi, PVC4Pipes Executive Director                                             PVC4Pipes exhibition stand at Vinyl India-2016