First VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum Germany

Two weeks ago AGPU invited to its general assembly and to the first VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum Germany. At the Collegium Leoninum in Bonn, around 60 participants from the entire PVC industry gathered first-hand information on the activities and progress of the VinylPlus sustainability programme at both European and national level and then discussed how to conserve resources and further increase the acceptance of PVC recycling.

The feedback from media is also very positive. Most relevant trade and industry publications have already reported about the German sustainability forum. Further media outlets will follow soon.

New AGPU member: MIXACO

In July, AGPU welcomes MIXACO as a new member. The company from Neuenrade in Sauerland has been offering customers innovative mixing technology solutions for over 50 years and, according to its own statements, has also developed the world’s first container mixer.

Among the customers are numerous companies from the PVC industry which, like other companies from the plastics industry, place high demands on mixing technology. Due to the multitude of materials and their applications, new mixing tasks have to be realized or recipes optimized time and again. With MIXACO another company supports the work and commitment of AGPU and VinylPlus for the sustainable material PVC.


PVC recyclers meet PVC converters: Kick-off at Tarkett

At 27 June 2019, the first meeting of our successful event series „PVC recyclers meet PVC converters“ took place at Tarkett in Lentzweiler/Luxembourg. Around 25 representatives from the entire value chain have registered. The three regional events are organized by AGPU with the support of VinylPlus®, AgPR, Rewindo, IVK Europe and Roofcollect. The aim is to bring the experts together for discussion and to present the respective offers and requirements for recycling.

The event will continue on 5 September 2019 at SKZ in Würzburg and on 28 November 2019 at Hündgen Entsorgung in Swisttal. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Gogos at

K 2019: „Part of the solution, not part of the problem“

Two weeks ago, K 2019 Preview event in Düsseldorf made it clear that the plastics industry is facing major challenges, but will also be presenting its solutions at K 2019. Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, General Manager of PlasticsEurope Germany and member of the AGPU Executive Board, said that it is now particularly important to inform politicians what is possible with plastics and to show them that bans are no solution. Baunemann was convinced that no company or association can solve this task alone, but only together and with intensive networking. It must be made clear to all those responsible that many sustainable solutions are only possible with plastic and not without it.

KBD: Recycling Solutions for PVC Building Products

In the new issue of the Kommunaler Beschaffungsdienst (KBD) a new article about recycling solutions for PVC building products will be published. The AGPU created the advertorial as part of a VinylPlus® communication project on green public procurement and placed it in the decision-maker magazine. This topic is relevant for public procurers at federal states, local level as well as companies from the waste and disposal industry and contract advisory services.

The magazine (only available by subscription) is published mid May 2019. We will be happy to provide you with the advertorial in German language on request after publication. Please contact


PVC Summer Workshop with Latest Topics

On 06 June 2019 the joint workshop „PVC and Environment“ of AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland will take place in Frankfurt. The complete agenda has already been sent out to interested participants. In addition to the recently published titanium dioxide study, participants will get the latest information on the topics of materials in contact with drinking water, microplastics and PVC recycling under REACH and waste legislation. Also of interest are the latest survey results on plastics image and the plastics industry as well as the lecture on crisis communication.

For more information about the joint workshop, please contact Ms Pohl at The workshop language is German.

PVC Recyclers meet PVC Processors: New Events

This year the successful event series „PVC recyclers meet PVC processors“ will be continued. VinylPlus®, AGPU, AgPR, Rewindo, IVK Europe and Roofcollect® are once again inviting PVC recyclers and PVC processors to come together on three events in different regions to discuss the respective supply and demand.

The kick-off event will take place on 27 June 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Tarkett in Lentzweiler/Luxembourg. The tour continues on 05 September 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SKZ in Würzburg and on 28 November 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG in Swisttal near Bonn.

The invitation was sent out this week. For questions regarding the three events, the programme and registration, please contact Ms Gogos at


VinylPlus: Almost 740,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in 2018

VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 739,525 tonnes of PVC within its framework in 2018 – a 15.6% increase on the previous year. The results were presented at the 2019 edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Prague, Czech Republic, where the industry shared further progress towards increasing the sustainability performance of PVC.

Held on May 9th and 10th, this year’s theme ‘Accelerating Innovation’ examined the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies in shaping the PVC sector’s future in the context of the circular economy.  The Forum attracted more than 170 participants from 32 countries including representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, the Czech Ministry of Environment, the United Nations, NGOs, academia, specifiers, designers, recyclers and the PVC value chain. Presentations and panel discussions by top-level experts revolved around the three sustainability pillars – economic, social and environmental – and how innovation is impacting the PVC industry and its journey to sustainable development.

Despite regulatory constraints, VinylPlus General Manager Brigitte Dero announced that the PVC industry recycled an all-time high of nearly 740,000 tonnes – 92.4% of the VinylPlus’ 2020 target.  Recovinyl remains the main contributor, registering 734,568 tonnes of recycled PVC. Cumulatively, almost 5 million tonnes of PVC have been recycled since 2000.

New AGPU Activity Report Available

At the PVC workshop in mid-January 2019 in Bonn, the new AGPU activity report was presented in German for the first time. Since March, the English version is available as well. The activity report covers the most important projects and events of the past two years and provides detailed information on the increasingly close cooperation with VinylPlus® as well as on the services offered by AGPU for its currently around 60 member companies from the entire PVC value chain.

The new activity report is available for download in a digital version on the AGPU website and in the PVC-WIKI. Printed copies are in hand too. We are happy to send you these on request.

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019: Accelerate Innovation

„Accelerate innovation“ is the motto of the 7th VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum on 9 and 10 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Forum will focus on the role innovation can play in the sector’s ability to deliver future economic, social and environmental sustainability. The two-day event is an opportunity for VinylPlus® partners and their stakeholders to share important insight on how technological innovations supported by digitalization are changing the PVC industry and its approach to sustainable development.

You will find more information about the VSF at Here you can register for the event as well.