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 (, 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

Two New Appointments at PVC4Pipes

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Two New Appointments at PVC4Pipes

Dirk Dupon has been elected new Chairman of the PVC4Pipes Association and Fabio Bernardi will succeed Steve Tan as its Executive Director at the end of June. The new chairman is also Business Manager Vinyls at INEOS ChlorVinyls Limited and takes over the chairmanship of PVC4Pipes from Rainer Grasmück, Head of Global PVC Additives at Baerlocher.

Dirk Dupon holds an MSc in engineering, chemistry and information technology. He graduated in 1988 and joined BP chemicals as production engineer at the Union Carbide plant in Antwerp. He was appointed market development manager for INSPEC Belgium in 1995 and then joined INEOS in 1998 as business development manager for INEOS Oxide Ltd. He has held various roles within INEOS and has served on the board of PVC4Pipes for the last 3 years.

Fabio Bernardi

In relation to the appointment of Fabio Bernardi as the new Executive Director, Dirk Dupon, Chairman of the Brussels based association comments on the outgoing director: “Over the last three years, Steve Tan has done a great job to expound the inherent benefits of PVC pipe systems and communicate them to a wider audience. His succession will be marked by continued measures to promote what has become a USD 100 billion global market that is set to generate double digit growth in major developing markets over the next few years.”

Bernardi graduated in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Venice in 1983 and has worked within the PVC industry for 28 years. He first joined Enichem Polimeri in Porto Marghera and continued to work for EVC when this joint venture was founded between Enichem and ICI in 1986. Involved with polymerization research during his first years, he spent most of his working life in the customer technical service area and continued when EVC was acquired by INEOS.

“Our members are drawn from all sections of the industry, from raw materials supply to pipe systems manufacture, testing institutes and promotional organisations,” explains Dupon. ”Fabio’s experience and expertise will enable us to consolidate and communicate the principles of product performance and quality, environmental responsibility and ethical standards.”


Dirk Dupon, PVC4Pipes Chairman           Fabio Bernardi, PVC4Pipes Executive Director as from 1st July 2015

Further information: Steve Tan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sylvie Famelart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015 - Highlights

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Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015 - Highlights

PVC4Pipes was present at the Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015 held on 30th April in Cannes, France.

The Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015, the leading event of the vinyl chain, took place in France under the theme 'More Vinyl, Less Carbon'.  The event gathered over 100 representatives from academia, government bodies, the United Nations, the European Commission and all sectors of the vinyl industry.

The one-day forum focussed on exchanging views on how the PVC value chain is helping combat climate change by improving energy and resource efficiency and helping reduce CO2 emissions.

The morning session focused on 'Climate Protection, Circular Economy' with speakers from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the European Commission (DG Growth), followed by presentations on the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment and its achievements.

The afternoon session focused on the 'Converters' Contribution to climate protection'.  Zoran Davidovski, Communication Chairman of PVC4Pipes, addressed the audience with a paper on "The contribution PVC pipes have on CO2 emissions and preventing climate change".

The event ended with an open discussion on 'Reducing the Footprint, Increasing the Handprint' with key stakeholders from industry, retailers, recyclers and NGOs.

For more information:


Zoran Davidovski, PVC4Pipes Communication Chairman                                               Steve Tan, PVC4Pipes Executive Director

STR-PVC reaffirms its ambitions

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 STR-PVC reaffirms its ambitions                                

During the General Assembly of April 3, 2015, members of STR-PVC renewed their trust in their current management for the next two years.  Furthermore, Benoît Hennaut (Vice President of Nicoll International and CEO of Nicol France) and Luc Bertossi (CEO of Pipelife France) have been confirmed in their respective positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the syndicate.

Beyond individuals, the ambition of the project, supported by the association, was strongly reaffirmed. Today, we are equipped with new ways to use the advantages of PVC for the manufacture of pipes and fittings.

A material "Made by man for man ", PVC has evolved thanks to the expertise of the
French industry. Among the professionals involved (distributors, installers, authorities), as well as the public, PVC has established itself as a modern material, a relevant solution at the service of contemporary building.

Our PVC networks address the expectations by contributing to:
• facilitating implementation.
• creating economic value.
• improving the quality of life.
• saving the planet.

Conscious of the growing importance of environmental issues in construction, we have the desire to impose PVC as the material of progress for excellence. Indeed, PVC pipes and fittings are 100%  recyclable,  identically and infinitely, significantly affecting their carbon footprint over time.

To highlight its performance, the syndicate has chosen to use the initials of PVC
to strongly express this new commitment:  Faire Progresser la qualité de Vie dans la Construction (to improve the quality of life when building.)

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Vinyl India 2015 - A Big Success!

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PVC4Pipes at Vinyl India 2015

PVC4Pipes was present at the Vinyl India 2015 - 5th International PVC & Chlor-Alkali Conference held on 9th and 10th April in Mumbai, India.

The  5th Vinyl India 2015 conference was a big success.  The event gathered over 650 delegates representing 15 countries, coming from 335 companies.

Day 1 focused on the PVC Industry with presentations on 'PVC: Global Scenario', the 'PVC Industry in Europe & Sustainable Development' and the 'PVC Industry of China'.  On the same day three parallel sessions were held on "Additives & Compounding", "Feedstocks to Polymer" and "Processing".

The Programme of Day 2 focused on infrastructure, end-use sectors and C-PVC.  Zoran Davidovski, Communication Chairman of PVC4Pipes, addressed the audience on Day 2 with a paper on 'PVC Sewer Installation Time - SIT Project', which showed that, by using PVC pipes, the installation time for sewers can be shortened by 30%.

PVC4Pipes also awarded 3 Secrid wallets during the lucky dip draw.

Full programme of the event:


Zoran Davidovski, PVC4Pipes Communication Programme                       Rainer Grasmück, PVC4Pipes Board Member

Berlin Hosts Plastics Pipes XVIII

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PLASTIC PIPES XVIII Conference and Exhibition will be hosted at Berlin’s InterContinental 12 – 14 September 2016. Organizers of the event expect at least 450 participants drawn from all sectors of the plastic pipes industry and from over 40 countries.

“Our choice of Berlin is highly appropriate,” explains Zoran Davidovski, Chairman of the conference organizing committee and vice president of Pipelife International. “The world plastic pipe industry was founded through the first installation of PVC water pipes in 1936 in Germany. More recently, the country has been a major exporter of plastic pipe fittings to Eastern Europe where growth in the demand for locally produced plastic pipe systems now exceeds that of traditional markets in the West.”

2016 will mark the second Plastic Pipes Conference in Germany. The first occasion was in Munich in 2002.

“Germany’s success in becoming the world’s second exporter (after China) is very much rooted in the German macroeconomic belief that ‘We make the thing that goes inside the thing that goes inside the thing.’ But what you also see in Germany - and in nearly every other world market - is that the significant growth in demand for plastic pipes stems largely from the replacement of antiquated steel, concrete and copper pipe systems. Benefits such as quality, long life performance, ease of installation and low environmental impact continue to appeal to a more discerning customer base.”

Davidovski also notes that the German Plastic Pipes Association known as the Kunststoffrohrverbandes (KRV) has done much to stimulate demand as well as promote collection and recycling schemes. “Our conference will learn much from the German experience in all activities associated with gas, water, sewer, telecom, building and civil engineering sectors.”

“Aside from this local window, our main program will comprise more than 120 presentations from the entire world of plastic pipes. They will cover key technical and marketing issues relating to the design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipes systems. Papers will offer solutions to engineering issues in the use of plastic pipes systems and identify market trends for further growth in the use of plastic pipes. We shall also review in depth, latest developments in application areas, materials, testing, performance and the most recent expertise acquired in the area of sustainability and its assessment.”

The first Plastic Pipe Conference was held in Southampton in 1970. Conferences and exhibitions are organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association. Member associations comprise PE 100+, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) PVC4Pipes and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

Main sponsors of PLASTIC PIPES XVIII will be plastic pipe machine and equipment supplier Rollepaal and the Baerlocher Group, a world leader in the manufacture of additives for the plastics industry.

Further information about the conference can be found at

PVC4Pipes at Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015

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PVC4Pipes at Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015

PVC4Pipes will be present at the forthcoming 3rd Vinyl Sustainability Forum on 30th April 2015 at the Majestic Barrière Hotel in Cannes, France.

Attendees are promised an intense one-day event with presentation and one-on-one discussions between stake holders from academia, government bodies, the UN, theEuropean Commission, retailers and all sectors of the PVC industry.

The forum will show how the industry is helping combat climate change at a number of levels, internally, "measures to improve energy and ressource efficiency" and externally, how "PVC products can contribute in reducing CO2 emissions".

There will be a number of keynote speeches.  The UN will explain its sustainability agenda for 2015, the European Commission (DG Growth) will present the approach to issues of innovation, waste and the circular economy, being taken by the new Commission, and implications for EU climate policy.  VinylPlus will offer a progress report on developments and achievements.

Zoran Davidovski, Communications Chairman of PVC4Pipes and VP Marketing & Innovation at Pipelife International, will present a paper about "The Contribution PVC Pipes Have on CO2 Emissions and Preventing Climate Change".

More information on the event, programme and registration at:

PVC4Pipes at Vinyl India-2015

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PVC4Pipes at Vinyl India-2015

PVC4Pipes will be present at the forthcoming Vinyl India-2015 – 5th International PVC & Chlor-Alkali Conference on 9th and 10th April 2015 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. More than 180 people have already registered.

Day 1 will concentrate on the PVC industry - a global scenario, on feedstocks to polymer, additives and compounding, and recent advances in PVC processing.  The programme of Day 2 will include presentations on infrastructure, end use sectors and C-PVC.

Zoran Davidovski, Communications Chairman of PVC4pipes, will present a paper about “Sewer Installation Time” for PVC versus concrete.

PVC4Pipes will also award wallets to the three best presentations of the event.

More information on the event and registration:

For the programme:


PVC4Pipes Communication Project Co-Funded By VinylPlus

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PVC4Pipes Communication Project Co-Funded by VinylPlus

PVC4Pipes will launch by mid-2015 an interactive online tool for information about PVC pipes.  The project will be financially supported by VinylPlus, the PVC industry programme towards sustainability.

Few years ago, PVC4Pipes developed a Training Package on PVC pipes for the sales forces of the PVC pipes manufacturers.  Based on the content of the training package, the objective in 2015 is to develop an attractive and interactive public version of this tool.  The goal is to select the appropriate content and to adapt it in such a way that the information is ‘non-technical’ and readily understood by those outside of the PVC pipes industry, especially the general public.

This online communication tool will be an interactive application suitable for website, smartphones and tablets, offering online information and data on PVC pipe systems, ensuring that relevant information is in the hands of those who need it, instantly.

The online tool will first be launched in English by mid-2015 on the PVC4Pipes website.  The online application will then be launched in German, French, Spanish and Russian, corresponding to the languages in which the PVC4Pipes website is available.

The project is co-funded by VinylPlus, the PVC industry programme towards sustainability, in the framework of the VinylPlus Communications Project Programme 2015.

PVC4Pipes at TEPPFA Forum 2015

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PVC4Pipes at TEPPFA Forum 2015

PVC4Pipes will participate and exhibit at the forthcoming TEPPFA Forum on 13th and 14th April 2015 at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels, Belgium.

Delegates to this event will be drawn from a wide range of activities within the plastic pipe industry.  Moreover, high level speakers and representatives of different European Commission services (DG Environment and DG Industry) and practitioners of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will debate about the environmental sustainability of construction products.

Content of the conference programme will include matters such as market issues, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and plastic pipeline solutions for challenging situations.

As iPad corner sponsor at this major conference, PVC4Pipes will award iPads to the best presentations of the forum.  The association welcomes visitors to its exhibition stand where promotional material will be available.  Furthermore, PVC4Pipes intends to address the conference delegates.

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