AGPU with new Chairman of the Management Board

At the general meeting of the AGPU in Bonn two weeks ago, the regular re-election of the management board was also on the agenda. The previous chairman Dr. Axel Bruder (RENOLIT SE) and vice chairman Joachim Eckstein (PolyComply Hoechst GmbH) left the AGPU board after ten and 30 years respectively. At the first constituting meeting of the new management board, Dr. Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG) was elected as the new chairman. Mailin Bode (RENOLIT SE) and Andreas Kopf (debolon dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH & Co. KG) were newly elected to the board.

Thus, the AGPU board is composed as follows for the period 2018 to 2021: Chairman Dr. Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG), Vice Chairmen Joachim Tremmel (BASF SE) and Stefan Valerius (Dekura GmbH) as well as Treasurer Uwe Dietsch (INOVYN Deutschland GmbH). The assessors are Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann (PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V.), Mailin Bode (RENOLIT SE), Rainer Grasmück (Baerlocher GmbH), Roland Jahn (GEALAN Fenster-Systeme GmbH), Andreas Kopf (debolon dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH & Co. KG) and Dr. Dieter Polte (VESTOLIT GmbH).

Positive development in recycling solutions for the building material PVC

On the occasion of the 21st Altkunststofftag in Bad Neuenahr, AGPU and the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) has given a positive interim result for the recycling of PVC as a building material. PVC has numerous durable applications in the construction sector. Proven products such as windows, floorings, pipes, roofing and waterproofing membranes or cables are particularly worth mentioning here. “By building up and expanding recycling solutions that are now very well established, the sustainability of these construction products can be demonstrated,“ says Dr. Thomas Probst of the bvse.

This development is also documented in the recently published VinylPlus® progress report, which shows that PVC recycling numbers are steadily increasing in Europe. The recycling activities in Germany played a major role in this.

Vienna: PVC Material restrictions removed from guidelines

The City of Vienna has implemented its announcement to amend its housing promotion guidelines, as reported a few weeks ago. With the publication of the updated regulations for new buildings and renovations on June 5, 2018, these have now coming into effect.

Thus, in addition to many technical criteria, the elimination of the previous minimum building ecology requirements is a great success. All material restrictions (including PVC) were deleted. This means that the focus of Vienna’s housing subsidy is once again clearly focusing on energy and CO2 savings.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in Austria and all those involved who have contributed to this success.


Starke Seiten Summer 2018 and Anniversary Edition published

Just in time for the AGPU general meeting, the summer issue of STARKE SEITEN has been published. It has been sent to around 27,000 decision-makers from selected target groups as well as to the PVC industry and its value chain in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. About 6,500 addressees receive the Blitz-Info together with the STARKE SEITEN.

The special issue STARKE ZEITEN for the 30th anniversary has also been published. The focus is on the topic „Sustainability through innovation – 30 years for PVC“. Ms Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, was won for the greeting. In this she makes a strong statement on the sustainability of PVC products. In addition, 20 AGPU member companies present examples of their innovational strength. The anniversary edition is included in a partial mailing of STARKEN SEITEN.

If you would like to use the STARKE SEITEN for your communication or would like to order an article, please contact us. We would be pleased to send you the current media data with the topic planning for the next issue.

VinylPlus Progress Report 2018 released

The new 2018 VinylPlus® Progress Report is now available for download. The most important results were presented at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Madrid last week by Managing Director Brigitte Dero. Among other results, there were 639,648 tonnes of recycled PVC registered in 2017, almost 80 percent of the aspired goal of 800,000 tonnes by 2020.

The Progress Report can be downloaded as a PDF file from both VinylPlus and AGPU websites. Printed copies will be available shortly. Currently, the AGPU is working together with colleagues from API in Austria and PVCH in Switzerland on the German translation of the new issue of „VinylPlus at a glance“ edition with the most important information in brief and concise form.

Vienna revised regulations on PVC windows

In Vienna (Austria), there are concrete plans to revise existing regulations on new construction and renovation measures. In the future, it will be easier for building owners to obtain subsidies despite rising construction costs. According to this, PVC windows will be recently promoted in new buildings and renovations. These were previously excluded from support „for environmental reasons“.

Thanks to newer technologies and innovation, the use of PVC windows is now harmless, said Michael Ludwig, City Councillor for Housing Construction and, since May 24th, new Mayor of Vienna in an interview with a local newspaper.

KBD: New special publication on sustainable building

Our advertorial from the April/May issue of Kommunaler Beschaffungsdienst (KBD) is now available as a special reprint. The topic is sustainable building with PVC and the resource and energy efficiency of the material. The advertorial and the special print are part of the joint VinylPlus® communication project for green public procurement.

In the past, AGPU has already published several articles and advertorials in German as well as special reprints. These are used for specific target groups and can be used by AGPU and VinylPlus members for trade fairs and customer events, for example.

AGPU supports the world’s largest mobile maze

In May the big maze in the Rheinauen in Bonn (Germany) has opened again. According to its own statements, the world’s largest mobile maze is known far beyond the city limits and has fascinated a large number of visitors for more than 15 years. This season, the maze, which is run by a non-profit association, has become even bigger. Also thanks to the support of the AGPU and some member companies who made the expansion possible with material donations. The side walls of the labyrinth are made of yellow PVC tarpaulins, the blue columns in between are PVC pipes and the floor covering of the observation deck in the middle of the maze is also made of vinyl.

New AGPU member: Benvic Europe GER GmbH

After Polysecure GmbH, AGPU can welcome Benvic Europe GER GmbH from Munich as another new member from the PVC value chain. The company is part of the Benvic Europe Group, which has production sites in France, Italy and Spain and is active in 60 countries including Germany and employs 220 people. According to their information, Benvic Europe is a leading company in the PVC industry and produces individual compounds in the form of dry blends and granulates for its customers. These are used in the construction, electrical and automotive industries, among others.

Register now: VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 in Madrid

In a good two weeks, on 16 and 17 May 2018, the VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum (VSF) will take place in Madrid under the motto „Meeting Societal Needs“. Here you have the opportunity to discuss with decision-makers from politics, the media, industry and NGOs what an important contribution PVC already makes to sustainable development today and can still make in the future. Among other things, the focus is on the role of vinyl in the European Circular Economy Package and the resource and energy efficiency of PVC products.

In addition to presentations on the PVC situation in emerging economies such as India and South Africa, panel discussions will also focus on the political framework conditions and incentives for achieving the sustainability targets.

AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann will also attend the event and is looking forward to the active participation of the member companies. The event programme can be downloaded from the VinylPlus website. If you are interested, you can register there directly.