VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020: #CIRCULARVINYL

The 2020 edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum themed #CIRCULARVINYL will focus on the key sustainability challenges and transformation for the vinyl industry in the years to come, both in the European and global contexts. The event will gather representatives from the EU institutions, the United Nations, NGOs, politicians, academia and the entire PVC industry value chain, in Florence, Italy, on May 6th and 7th 2020.

Organised by VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, the 2020 Forum will explore how to turn PVC sustainability progress into business opportunities for the entire PVC industry towards 2030 and beyond. It will also examine PVC’s role in sustainable construction for redesigning tomorrow’s urban environment with ‘green’ certified products.

Brigitte Dero, Managing Director, VinylPlus, says: “As we approach the culmination of our 10-year voluntary commitment to sustainable development, the PVC industry is on track to achieve VinylPlus’ ambitious targets by the end of this year. But the hard work continues. The dynamic European policy landscape – covering the European Green Deal, Circular Economy, sustainable development, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and much more – makes our efforts even more relevant.”

Circular Plastics Alliance grows to 170+ members

The Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), which was officially founded in September 2019, enjoys strong support. According to the EU Commission, more than 170 members have joined the alliance for the plastics recycling industry so far. The supporters include companies, associations and organisations from both the public and private sectors and the entire value chain of plastics.

All six working groups of the Alliance have already started their work. They cover the automotive, packaging, construction, agriculture, electrical and electronic equipment, and monitoring and data collection sectors.


Titanium dioxide: Classification published in the EU Official Journal again

The classification of titanium dioxide under the 14th ATP of the CLP regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 February 2020. Due to different information on the date of entry into force in the different language versions of the regulation (the German version referred to 9 September 2021), the classification was published again in the Official Journal on 25 February 2020.

The correct date is 01 October 2021. Until then there is a transitional period, which the supply chain must use for implementation. Again, please note that titanium dioxide is only classified in powder form.

Vynova launched portfolio of bio-attributed PVC

The new PVC portfolio is manufactured using renewable ethylene which is produced from certified second-generation biomass feedstock which does not compete with the food chain. This approach reduces the use of fossil feedstock conventionally used in the PVC production process, resulting in a CO2 emission reduction of more than 90%. In terms of product quality and material specifications, the bio-attributed PVC resins meet the exact same stringent performance criteria as conventionally produced PVC grades.

“The development of our new bio-attributed PVC portfolio is another demonstration of our strong commitment to sustainability in the Vinyls value chain”, comments Vynova President Stefan Sommer. “As part of that commitment, we are also an active member of VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s voluntary sustainable development programme, and will continue to support the sector-wide push towards a more sustainable PVC industry.”

PVC Workshop focused on Circular Plastics Alliance

The joint workshop „PVC and Environment“ organised by PlasticsEurope Germany and AGPU was again a great success. Almost 100 participants from the entire PVC value chain joined the established industry meeting at the Collegium Leoninum in Bonn two weeks ago.

This time, the workshop focussed on the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). The speakers included Stefan Sommer, Chairman of VinylPlus® and CEO of the Vynova Group, Jane Gardner, Managing Director of ERFMI, and Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila from the EU Commission (DG GROW), who was „connected“ via video message.

The next PVC workshop will take place in Frankfurt/Main on June 3rd this year.

Save the date: The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020

VinylPlus® has recently announced the theme for 2020’s VinylPlus Sustainability Forum: #CIRCULARVINYL. Please mark 6-7 May 2020 in your calendars. The event will take place in Florence, Italy. The event, which will bring together visionary speakers from within and outside the PVC value chain, will focus on the theme and will be talking on four main topics: Turning PVC sustainability progress into business opportunity; debating with environmental stakeholders including NGOs; driving the PVC industry towards 2030 and beyond; promoting certification and rewarding sustainability – the VinylPlus® Product Label.

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PVC Formulation 2020: Already registered?

The next PVC formulation will take place in Cologne (Dortint Hotel) from 24 to 26 February 2020. The conference offers interested experts of the PVC industry sufficient opportunity for information, discussion and professional exchange of technical aspects and current market trends.

Among the speakers this year is again AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann. He will inform the participants about the challenges and opportunities for the PVC industry of the Europe-wide Circular Plastics Alliance, which was launched in 2019. The detailed programme on PVC Formulation can be downloaded from the AMI website:

DOMOTEX: Luxury Vinyl Titles are fully en vogue

Two weeks ago, the DOMOTEX started in Hannover. Numerous PVC flooring manufacturers are also represented at the international trade fair, and their Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are once again right on trend. This is also evident in a current report from the German Press Agency (dpa), which was published at the start of the trade fair and featured in a large number of newspapers and online magazines.

„LVTs offer countless possibilities and decors that consumers appreciate. Basically, resilient floor coverings made of plastic are durable and easy to maintain. […] Plastic is also more hard-wearing, which is why such coverings are mainly used in office buildings, hospitals or nursing facilities,“ says Domotex Manager Sonia Wedell-Castellano.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The AGPU office will be closed between public holidays from 23 December 2019. From 02 January 2020 we will be available for you again as usual. On behalf of the AGPU Executive Board and the colleagues from the Bonn office, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start into a successful New Year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedicated support and trustful cooperation in our joint commitment to PVC.

Next PVC-Workshop on 9th January 2020

The program for the next joint workshop „PVC and Environment“ of AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany on 9th January 2020 at the Collegium Leoninum in Bonn is final. For the workshop, we have once again put together a cutting-edge programme. The event will focus on the recently launched European Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). By mid-November, more than 150 companies and associations from the entire value chain had already joined. At the workshop, Stefan Sommer, Chairman of VinylPlus®, among others, will present the goals, structures and schedule of the alliance. A video statement by the EU Commission DG GROW is also scheduled.