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Conference Spotlight on PVC4Pipes and 25 Years of Recycling

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Conference Spotlight on PVC4Pipes and 25 Years of Recycling

As many as eighteen papers (see list below) dealing with the commercial and technical aspects of PVC pipe systems were delivered at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and exhibition in Chicago. Subject matter varied from the molecular to the ‘spectacular’ with in-depth analysis of PVC raw material and additives, breakthroughs in pipe design and installation methods, upward market trends for PVC-O pipe systems as well as recent findings in the sustainable nature of PVC pipe materials compared to non-plastic pipe systems. Furthermore, the Chicago conference marked the 25th anniversary of recycling PVC pipes and fittings.

Read more about the Spotlight on PVC4Pipes and 25 Years of Recycling.

Double Digit Growth Expected in Global Plastic Pipe Market

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Double Digit Growth Expected in Global Plastic Pipe Market

Four major factors will lead to double digit growth in the global demand for plastic pipe systems over the next ten years.  Speaking at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII conference and exhibition in Chicago, Stephen Boros, the Chairman of the event's organizing committee, identified these developments that are changing the world outlook for his industry.

"The development of the shale oil and gas industry, regional market expansion, innovation and awareness in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are now favorably influencing the scale and scope of the industry's future", he stated.

Stephen Boros who is also VP Engineering for Pipelines Plastics, LLC explained that plastic pipe systems continue to gain market share through supplanting competing pipe materials such as copper, concrete and steel due to easy and low cost installation as well as long term performance.  "In North America, these inherent advantages are now further supported by the development of the shale oil and gas industry.  This development not only benefits the energy market but also represents a more secure long-term supply and cost advantage from a power costs to raw materials stand point.  Technology transfer will undoubtedly propel the growth of demand for plastic pipe systems in other world markets".

Double Digit Growth Expected in Global Plastic Pipe Market - Full Article

Building Materials: Top Score for PVC Pipe Systems

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Building Materials: Top Score for PVC Pipe Systems

"For building purposes, those PVC pipe systems that are made with a component of recycled material are more likely to have the lowest environmental impact in terms of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)."  This according to Professor Michiel Haas who is an expert on building materials and founder of NIBE, the Dutch technical institute for environmental impact of building materials.

Seven years ago, the NIBE launched its system that undertakes rigorous environmental (LCA) assessments of a wide variety of building materials used in the  Netherlands.  If the building material meets a challenging threshold in terms of seventeen LCA criteria, it is awarded a quality label (DUBOkeur).  Over 500 types of building products have already been assessed.

Category one for all PVC pipe systems

"When it comes to building materials and their sustainability, PVC pipe systems have a lot going for them," explains Professor Haas.  "So far, we have assessed rainwater downpipes, gutters and sewer pipes within the building environment.  All PVC pipe systems within these applications have been rated category 'one' - out of a range of one to seven.  Category seven would be absolutely unacceptable and include for example, 'wild cut' tropical woods." .....

Professor Haas Full interview

What is PVC4Pipes? - New Leaflet Available Now!

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What is PVC4Pipes? - New Leaflet Available Now!

PVC4Pipes is a non-profit trade association promoting the use of sustainable PVC piping systems in the global market.  Set up in 2003 in Brussels, our members come from all parts of the industry's value-chain.  They include companies who produce raw materials - resins and additives - and those who manufacture the vast array of PVC pipes and fittings in today's market, as well as testing institutes and promotional organisations.

If you want to know more on PVC4Pipes and PVC piping systems, check our brandnew leaflet:

What is PVC4Pipes? - English version

What is PVC4Pipes? - Spanish version

Plastic Pipes: Complete Database Now Online

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Plastic Pipes: Complete Database Now Online from Conference Website

The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has a new website that will provide technical and commercial information for the plastic pipe industry worldwide.  PPCA has published an online database that contains all of its papers since the first 1970 conference in Southampton, UK.  Over one thousand papers are included in what represents a major source for the world of plastic pipe technology.  This collection of presentations covers a wide spectrum of subject matter that ranges from highly technical aspects to valuable insights into the business forces that continue to drive the industry forward.

For more information, go to the PPCA Press Release Complete Database Now Online.

Sustainability - Major Focus at Chicago Pipe Conference

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The contribution of plastic pipe systems to sustainable development will be one of the key discussion points at the upcoming Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Evidence from environmental assessments carried out by independent technical institutes will underline the advantages of these systems. Furthermore, recent sustainable developments for mitigating flooding, seismic events, creating high-yield horticulture and transforming desert landscapes will be considered.

Read more about the focus on Sustainability at PP XVII

PVC Fitting for Right Concrete Connections

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PVC Fitting for Right Concrete Connections

Making the right connections between PVC and reinforced concrete pipe systems has now become easier thanks to a new design made by Pipelife International.  This lateral PVC inlet connector is specifically designed to easily accommodate concrete pipe wall diameters of 60 to 350 mm. The connector was nominated for the SolVin Award in 2013.

Read more about the Pipelife connector for concrete connections.

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..