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.

PVC Recycler Meeting with Record Participation

Two weeks ago, the third and last regional meeting in 2019 of our successful event series „PVC recyclers meet PVC converters“ took place. Around 30 recycling experts from the entire PVC value chain visited Hündgen Entsorgung in Swisttal to discuss about recycling and to present their products and services as well as their needs for recycling materials and processes.

The three regional events are organised by AGPU with the support of VinylPlus®, AgPR, Rewindo, IVK Europe and Roofcollect. With a total of almost 90 participants, the established event series has set a new record this year. This shows once again how important the topic is for many companies.

Pharma Blister Recycling Project received Gold Award

At the presentation of the INOVYN Innovation Awards during the K 2019 Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, the initiative of the PVC film industry was honoured with the Gold Award in the category „Sustainability“ for the recycling of pharmaceutical blisters.

The project was coordinated – with the support of VinylPlus® – by the AGPU with the participation of the film manufacturers Bilcare Research and Perlen Packaging. AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann received the award and thanked the participating companies from the PVC value chain for their commitment.

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.