VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2021: #Towards2030
05/05/2021

PPXX: More sustainable white pigment for PVC pipes

Major technical and business advances will be announced at the International Plastic Pipes XX Conference and Exhibition. These developments are previewed by the provisional program of papers for the conference that will be held September 6 – 8, 2021 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.

For more than 100 years, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) has been used as a white pigment to make paint, sausages, toothpaste and inks. Now Andrew White from FP Pigments Oy in the UK will announce to conference that a new generation of TiO2 has a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional TiO2 in PVC pipe formulation.

“When replacing 10 – 35 wt% of the TiO2 in a PVC pipe formulation,” explains White, “the unique particle morphology and functionality enables the manufacturer to better optimise their formulations and to positively enhance the overall performance of PVC Pipe systems.”

PVC pipe systems were first commercially introduced in 1936. Since then, long life and recycling have emphasized their environmental credentials. “This paper will review the technology, present a reduced carbon footprint as well as the most recent laboratory results in developing an improved sustainable PVC compound using smart titanium dioxide,” says White.

Zoran Davidovski (PPXX Chairman) comments: “Ever since our first event in Southampton (UK) in 1972, our conferences have become a platform for news and reviews about innovation within the plastic pipe industry. Such innovation has not been stifled over the last eighteen months – good ideas in our industry have always found their way to fruition.”

“USA and the EU countries are now safe countries from which to travel to The Netherlands. Very soon, over 400 business and technology delegates from around the world will meet in Amsterdam to share insights into the fascinating world of plastic pipe systems. The entire industrial supply chain will be represented and like our plastic pipes, these networking connections will be long lasting.”

Download preliminary programme.