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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.

More details?

http://vinylplus.eu/community/vinyl-sustainability-forum/vsf16

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 www.pvc4pipes.com/ppca-pvc-papers.

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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CALL FOR PAPERS AT 80 YEARS PVC PIPE ANNIVERSARY  

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: www.ppxviii.com.   

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).

Further Information: Fabio Bernardi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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For more information on the conference: https://bsds2015.vito.be

  

 

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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PVC4Pipes at China International Pipe Conference

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PVC4Pipes at China International Pipe Conference

PVC pipe production accounts for 55 percent of the local China plastic pipe market and according to Fabio Bernardi, newly appointed managing director of PVC4Pipes, significant growth in market share and output is now being realized and there is more to look forward to. It is a message that will be delivered by the Brussels-based PVC4Pipes association through its strong representation of speakers at the fourth China International Plastic Pipe Conference in Shanghai on 21-22 September 2015.

“We estimate that over eight million tons of PVC pipe systems will be produced by China’s manufacturing base before the end of this year,” explains Bernardi. “It has become the Chinese pipe material of choice and the reasons for this success are not hard to find. China continues to witness a boom in the construction sector that is accompanied by the replacement of aged municipal water, sewer and drainage systems. The inherent long term performance and installation benefits of PVC pipe systems have created immense appeal.”

“What is exciting for Chinese PVC pipe makers, movers and users is that competition is about to become fiercer as PVC-O pipe systems come on stream to offer even more lightweight, flexible yet robust solutions.”

Made in China: now PVC-O pipes

Rob Spekreijse is CEO of Rollepaal, a leading international plastic pipe machinery and equipment maker from the Netherlands. He will be explaining the benefits of OPVC pipes and the benefits of the different technologies used to make OPVC. These high-tech pipes can be made in large diameters of up to 800 mm and applications mainly include drinking water delivery, pressure bearing drain and farmland irrigation systems.

Associate professor Steven Folkman from the Utah State University has researched the long life of PVC pipes and will be presenting his latest findings at the China conference. He is the director of Utah State University’s Buried Structures Laboratory and is co-author of Buried Pipe Design. Dr. Folkman’s expertise includes structural dynamics, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis utilizing soil/structure interaction, and testing.        

His Buried Structures Laboratory in Logan is one of three facilities in the US for performing tests on all kinds of buried pipes. Instruments are mounted inside the pipes and data is recorded to continuously monitor any physical movement or deflection.         

30% saving on installation

Zoran Davidovski, Vice-President for marketing and innovation at the Pipelife Group will deliver the case for the Sewer Installation Time (SIT) project. Commissioned by The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), this independent study compared installation times between functionally identical PVC and concrete sewer pipe lines. The complete project was video recorded and a 30 per cent of the installation time was saved while using the PVC sewer system.

Douglas Seargeant is senior manager of water distribution infrastructure at EPCOR Water Services Inc., Edmonton, Canada. Seargeant will be explaining his company’s continuing success with PVC water main pipe systems. 

The PVC4pipes association will host an exhibition booth at the China International Pipe Conference to provide commercial and technical information about the features and related benefits of PVC pipe systems. 

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China International Pipe Conference

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China International Pipe Conference Announced

The 4th China International Plastic Pipe Conference will be held in Shanghai on 21 and 22 September 2015 at the Jin Jiang Rainbow Hotel in Shanghai.  At least 30 presentations will review the latest business and technical developments in a region that continues to witness a sustained boom in plastic pipe technology especially in the construction sector.

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

Zoran Davidovski, spokesman for the China International Pipe Conference and PVC4Pipes Communication Chairman, expects a high attendance of participants from China as well as from other countries in the region.

Read the Press Release on the 4th China International Pipe Conference

PP XVIII - Call for Papers

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Plastic Pipes XVIII Calling for Papers - Positive Signs in Plastic Pipe Market

The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced a call for papers to be presented at its Plastic Pipes XVIII Conference and Exhibition taking place in Berlin's InterContinental Hotel on 12th - 14th September 2016.  The announcement comes on the heel of positive signs for the global plastic pipe market.

Zoran Davidovski, Organizing Chairman of Plastic Pipes XVIII explains: "The construction and civil engineering sectors are major motors that drive a nation's economy.  Whilst US, China, India and Germany report major rates of growth in this sector, they also reflect a global trend towards sustainability as a strategic criterion for choosing building products.  Plastic pipe systems are now the sustainable pipe material of choice due to their long life performance and low environmental impact."

Davidovski points toward double digit growth in the global plastic pipe industry and the recognition that the replacement of antiquated non-plastic pipe networks is an universally accepted trend.  "Our conference in Berlin will be a very interesting platform to discuss and review technical and business developments," he says.

“The world of plastic pipes is changing and excitement within the industry is intense. The whole supply chain will be there – from raw material suppliers to pipe installers and users. Even the makers that make the machines that make the pipes will be there.”

Sarah Patterson is Organizing Co-chair of Plastic Pipes XVIII and Technical Director of the US Plastics Pipe Institute. Patterson and her jury colleagues will decide who delivers each of the 120 papers at the event in the German capital. “We are always open to new ideas and innovation even if the subject matter is not covered by the traditional list of key areas. “Materials, additives/ ingredients and processing capabilities are evolving plastic pipes and their uses globally.”

“Presentations will address key technical and marketing issues relating to the design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipe systems. Papers will offer solutions to engineering issues in the use of plastic pipes system and identify market trends for further growth in the use of these systems. In-depth review will also extend to latest developments in application areas, materials, additives/ingredients, testing, performance and the most recent expertise acquired in the area of sustainability and its assessment.”

Patterson invites all potential presenters 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: www.ppxviii.com

Exhibitors are also encouraged to contact conference organizers as soon as possible through the same website where a floor plan has already been provided.

Organizers of Plastic Pipes XVIII expect at least 450 participants drawn from all sectors of the plastic pipes industry and from over 40 countries. They also announce a spin-off conference to be held on the 21st - 22nd of September 2015 in Shanghai, China.

Member associations of PPCA comprise PE 100+, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), PVC4Pipes and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA). Main corporate sponsors for Plastic Pipes XVIII are the Baerlocher Group, a leader in the supply of additives and Rollepaal, the Dutch plastic pipe machinery and equipment manufacturer. Silver sponsor is MOL, the leading German supplier of elastomer sealing systems.

A new website devoted to all aspects of Plastic Pipes XVIIIhas been created. It includes details of registration, submission of papers, exhibition, accommodation, travel advice and sponsorship: www.ppxviii.com

Further information: Eva Ori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VinylPlus Progress Report 2015 - Available Now

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VinylPlus Progress Report 2015 - Available Now!

VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, presented its Progress Report 2015 at the Vinyl Sustainability Forum on 30th April 2015 in Cannes, France.

The report summarises VinylPlus' progress and achievements in 2014 in each of the five sustainable development challenges identified for PVC in the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry.

In 2014, VinylPlus recycled 481,018 tonnes of PVC waste, on track to achieve its target of 800,000 tonnes/year by the end of 2020.  The largest volumes, 473,576 tonnes, were registered and certified by Recovinyl (www.recovinyl.com), the organisation set up in 2003 to facilitate PVC waste collection and recycling.

Important progress was also registered on the PVC additives side in 2014: the use of lead-based stabilisers decreased by 86% in the EU-28 compared to 2007, progressing towards the target of completing their substitution by the end of 2015.

Read the full Progress Report 2015

Read the Executive Summary