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

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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