New AGPU Activity Report Available

The new AGPU activity report in German was presented at the PVC Workshop in mid-January 2019 in Bonn. The English version has been available for a few days now. The activity report covers the most important projects and events of the past two years and provides detailed information on the increasing cooperation with VinylPlus® as well as on the services offered by the AGPU for its current 60 member companies from the entire PVC value chain.

The new activity report is currently available for download in a digital version on the AGPU website and in the PVC-WIKI. Printed copies will be available from the beginning of March. We would be pleased to send you some reports on request:

Aktion PVC Recycling: Website updated

In mid-February 2019, the 25th Demolition Conference took place in Berlin. “Campaign PVC-Recycling – the solutions” was also present as an exhibitor. The initiative, in which AGPU and VinylPlus as well as Rewindo, AgPR, KRV, Roofcollect and IVK Europe participate as further partners, was again represented at the international industry meeting with a joint stand to inform the participants in detail about PVC recycling solutions in Germany.

The appearance at the demolition conference was supported by a new leaflet in German and English and an updated website where visitors can find all important information and contacts.

BMBF research project on plastics in construction started

After packaging in Germany, the construction sector is the second largest plastics application area. But what happens if these products have to be dismantled? In the pilot project KUBA (Sustainable Plastics Value Chain: Pilot Case Plastics in Building and Construction), research is to be conducted into how plastics from the construction industry are recyceled and how raw materials for new products are recovered from them.

Among the supporters of the pilot project, which has a duration of 18 months and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is AGPU as well as numerous companies and associations. The PVC experts from Bonn are contributing their many years of expertise in the established PVC recycling systems in the construction sector to the project.

Discover Vinyl:

Extravagant designer bags, easy-care floor coverings in wood and stone look, mirror-finish stretch ceilings, but also high-quality artificial leather for automotive applications and upholstered furniture or PVC-coated fabrics for futuristic textile architecture: modern products made of soft PVC combine excellent performance with high aesthetic and haptic demands, they are also durable and economical.

The website was launched as part of the soft PVC communication campaign at the end of 2017 and since then has been using impressive examples to show products from the fields of architecture, healthcare, sport and leisure. Every month more beautiful examples are added. Do you also have products that fit wonderfully to this topic? Then talk to us. We would be pleased to inform you about the campaign.

Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) established

Last week, international petrochemical, plastics and consumer goods companies launched the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a global initiative aiming to provide a total of US$1.5 billion over the next five years for the reduction of environmental impacts caused by plastic waste. At the start, 28 global players are already involved, including BASF, Braskem, Clariant, DOW, ExxonMobil, PolyOne and Shell. These companies have already committed $1 billion in funding.

One of the Alliance’s priorities is to support cities and regions in the development of waste management infrastructure that are particularly affected by plastic waste. In addition to cooperation with other environmental programs such as Stop Ocean Plastics, another starting point is the financing of new technologies and business models to develop infrastructure to collect and manage waste and increase recycling.

Plastics the Facts 2018 published

Shortly before the Christmas holidays PlasticsEurope published its latest report on the plastics industry, especially in Europe. The trend monitor shows that global demand for plastics is continuing to rise and that Europe continues to be one of the most important production locations in an international comparison.

Other topics in „Plastics the Facts 2018“ include recycling management, recycling and the voluntary commitment of European plastics producers, who have set themselves ambitious targets for the coming years. Plastic packaging is to be completely reused or recycled throughout Europe from 2040 onwards. By 2030, the recycling rate should already be 60 percent.

In 2017, more than 1.5 million people worked in around 60,000 companies and generated sales of around 350 billion euros. Global plastics production in 2017 amounted to 348 million tonnes (2016: 335 million tonnes), of which almost 65 million tonnes were produced in Europe, an increase of more than four million tonnes compared with the previous year. In an international comparison, Europe accounts for just under one fifth of plastics production (18.5 percent), making it the second-largest production location after China (29.4 percent) and just ahead of the NAFTA countries (17.7 percent).

PVC Workshop: Successful kick-off for the year

Two weeks ago the joint PVC workshop of AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany took place in Bonn. With over 90 participants from the entire industry, this was a successful kick-off for the new year and demonstrated the importance of the selected topics. In addition to the program presentations, the event was an excellent opportunity for networking during the breaks as well as during the dinner on the evening before the workshop.

Participants as well as member companies of AGPU und PlasticsEurope Germany can download all presentations from our PVC-WIKI. The next PVC workshop will take place on 06 June 2019 in Frankfurt/Main.

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019: register now

The next VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum will take place on 09 and 10 May 2019 in Prague. This year’s motto for the event is „Accelerating Innovation“. A preview of the topics and the keynote speakers can be found on the updated website of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum. Here you already have the possibility to register for the event. We expect the detailed program shortly.

Since 2017, AGPU has also been directly related with VinylPlus as an associate member. With this step, we want to make an even stronger contribution than before to bring attention to contents and goals of the voluntary commitment in Germany.

VinylPlus Product Label: the sustainability mark for PVC products

The VinylPlus® Product Label is the new sustainability mark making it simpler for customers, specifiers and markets to identify the PVC building and construction products delivering the highest functional performance and contribution to sustainability. Two weeks ago, VinylPlus sent a press release to relevant decision-makers and in Germany, AGPU has taken over this job.

Currently, the scheme applies to PVC window profiles with the first six manufacturers – Deceuninck, Epwin Window Systems, Internorm, Rehau, Schüco and Veka – having been awarded the VinylPlus Product Label in 2018. Two further companies are undergoing the stringent audit process.

BLITZ-INFO and STARKE SEITEN: New editions published

With the publication of the autumn issue of STARKE SEITEN, the current BLITZ-INFO is now also available and was sent out last week with a personal letter to a total of around 6,500 decision-makers from politics, administration, trade and industry.

This issue also introduces the new appearance of the newsletter. With the use of the VinylPlus® logo in the header, the AGPU wants to emphasize the significant support from Germany for the European sustainability program and thus contribute to making the contents and goals of the voluntary commitment even better known.