Tougher Pipes Always Take the Pressure

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A recent presentation given on behalf of PVC4Pipes to an International Congress hosted by CEOCOR in Florence has demonstrated evidence of the long term behavior of PVC pipe systems. Joel Fumire, a Belgian expert in plastic pipe design, explained that PVC oriented pipe systems provide improved impact strength and higher pressure resistance.

“The enhanced mechanical properties of the oriented variety allow a reduction in wall thickness. This means a weight reduction of more than 40 percent alongside a decrease in pipe cost and its environmental impact,” he stated.  

Attended by representatives from technical institutes, water, gas and oil distribution companies, the congress was informed about the various processes for making molecularly oriented systems.  Fumire also compared the long term pressure resistance of these pipe systems with standard PVC-U. “PVC pipes have been in service for more than seventy years and some may even continue performing well for another seventy years. They neither corrode nor require protection that is needed by metal pipes.”  

“And if you look at the burst pressure curves from testing different grades of PVC-O pipes, their tough qualities become evident. These qualities are now recognized in major European water and gas distribution markets where acceptance of this new generation of plastic pipes is leading to replacement and renovation of aged steel pipe networks.”  

Fumire also noted that chemical resistance to normal additives such as oxidizing agents added to the drinking water was an advantage for both types of PVC pipe materials. “Resistance to chemicals and particularly acids such as H2S and H2SO4 is similarly a very important requirement for sewer pipes. Testing according to ISO/TR 10358 has already confirmed that PVC is highly resistant to these acids.”

Further environmental benefits were derived from PVC foam core pipes. “These non-pressure pipes can be made lighter through co-extrusion of a foam layer between the thin compact layers. Foams in pipes have a density of approx. 0.7 g/cm³ (compared with 1.4 g/cm³ for standard PVC). This means that the environmental impact is lower and even further reduced by incorporating significant levels of recycled material in the central layer of the pipe.”

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Green week 2013 - Does Recycling improve air quality

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Green Week 2013 - Does recycling improve air quality?

Jointly supported by TEPPFA and VinylPlus in conjunction with EurActiv, the conference took place at the European Parliament on 5th June 2013 as part of this year's "Green Week".  The event was hosted by MEP Vittorio Prodi, Rapporteur of the European Parliament for the Green Paper on plastic waste.

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Sustainable PVC Pipes for Ukraine

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“If it always looks and performs like a PVC-U (pressure) pipe for at least a hundred years, it is sustainable.”  This is the message that Dutch engineer Henk Meerman recently delivered to the Polymers Market 2013 conference in Alushta, Ukraine on behalf of PVC4Pipes. Drawing upon evidence from technical studies in The Netherlands and other European countries, Meerman presented the latest conclusions that reaffirm the sustainability and low environmental impact of PVC-U pipe systems.               

“Our experience in the field of installation and performance of these pipes has always encouraged a belief that they display superior sustainable characteristics,” Meerman explained. “This sustainability and thus our conviction have now been absolutely verified by independent technical assessments.  Furthermore, our benchmarks comparing PVC-U pipe with the same functional unit for concrete sewer pipe are excellent.”

Confirmation that PVC-U pipes perform consistently over a very long lifetime was determined by excavating and testing in-service drainage and water pressure pipes in the Netherlands. Pipe samples from various installation periods (1959 – 2003) and diameters were thoroughly tested for the complete range of physical and performance criteria. Functional properties of all samples were completely intact from which a lifetime expectancy of at least 100 years was firmly deduced.

Meerman also pointed to independent studies carried out to obtain Environmental Product Declarations for PVC-U pipe systems. “This ‘cradle-to-grave’ analysis upon sewer and water pressure pipes involved meticulous Life Cycle Assessments that confirm their low environmental impact. Moreover, recycling old PVC pipe into new is now accepted within European standards and without any compromise on quality.”

“Ukraine is the second largest country next to Russia and has an active domestic and export market for PVC-U pipes,“ concludes Meerman. “This environmental evidence adds to the reputational appeal of these systems. Perhaps the “U” in PVC and Ukraine may not be as coincidental as it first appears!”

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Plastic Pipes Moscow 2013 New Venue Announced

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Increased participation has prompted a new venue for PLASTIC PIPES MOSCOW 2013. This convention and exhibition will now be hosted at the Hotel Nikolskaya Kempinski, Moscow on October 3rd - 4th. In addition to a complete analysis of markets in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a wide range of technical presentations will include the use of PE pipes in the oil and gas industries, new developments in PVC oriented pipe systems and the future challenges for large diameter pipes.

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100 years of PVC

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100 years of PVC - The European industry's journey from patent to sustainability

Like many great things in life, Polyvinyl Chloride - PVC - was first created thanks to multiple and accidental discoveries in different places at different times during the 19th century.  However, it was not until 1913 that Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte from Germany became the first inventor to receive a patent for PVC with a polymerization method for vinyl chloride using sunlight.

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VinylPlus Progress Report 2013

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VinylPlus Progress Report 2013 - Available now

VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, presented its 2012 achievements at the Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2013 last week in Istanbul and launched the issue of the VinylPlus Progress Report 2013.

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Over 360,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in Europe in 2012

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Over 360,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in Europe in 2012, new record for VinylPlus

VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record of 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes 'recycled PVC' has been adopted to include post-consumer and limited types of post-industrial PVC, as well as some of the regulated waste streams in the EU.

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U.S. Conference Of Mayors Praises The Benefits Of PVC Piping

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On April 22nd, the US Conference of Mayors issued a report on the efficient procurement practices regarding public water projects. The report specifically addresses the aging system of pipes in the USA and the benefits in lfie cycle cost provided by PVC "over all other pipe materials."

Commenting on the report, Bruce Hollands of the Uni-Bell PVC Pipes Association said "We agree with the US Conference of Mayors that cost-effective, durable and greener PVC pipe should be included in all bids for sewer and water infra-structure projects."


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BPF video on PVC - A smart material that allows big energy savings

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BPF video on PVC - A smart material that allows big energy savings

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) Vinyls Group has launched a new animated video looking at the energy and carbon emissions savings achievable by choosing PVC products.

The video highlights how choosing PVC products can result in significant energy savings without incurring extravagant costs. One such example is provided by Fife Council in Scotland who calculated that an average three bedroom property could save over £300 per year on energy bills by choosing PVC windows. The district would also benefit from a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 200,000 tonnes.

Roger Mottram, Chairman of the BPF Vinyls Group said, “Successive investigations by independent authorities continue to validate the benefits afforded by choosing PVC products. In addition, progressive industry initiatives, such as the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment, will reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products even further. The simple fact is that during their life time, PVC products save much more energy than is required to produce them.”

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Ten years anniversary for PVC4Pipes

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Ten years anniversary for PVC4Pipes

Optimistic outlook for next five years

PVC4Pipes is celebrating its ten years anniversary.  Based in Brussels, the European association promotes PVC pipe system benefits through activities that range from recycling to environmental assessments, standardisation, market analysis and promotion.  In reviewing these activities, it also previews some interesting developments in the PVC pipeline that prompt an optimistic outlook for the industry.

Significant and continuous growth in market share compared to non-plastic pipe mareials is predicted over the next five years.  Rainer Grasmück, recently elected Chairman of the organization comments: "PVC systems continue to outlive non-plastic pipe materials.  Market conversion is particularly noticeable in Eastern and Central Europe where advanced manufacturing technology has started to produce high-end products."

European PVC pipe market shares versus all other materials are estimated at 40% for building (soild & waste), nearly 30% for civils (sewage) and above 20% for utilities (water supply).  Future growth of at least twenty percent in volumes is forecast for the whole European region over the next five years.

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