AGPU members vote for renaming

At the beginning of July, the AGPU member companies decided to change the name of the association from „Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und UMWELT e.V.“ to „VinylPlus Deutschland e.V.“, which will be implemented in 2021. The AGPU has been an associate member of VinylPlus® since 2017 and is closely linked to the European sustainability programme through various committees and a large number of projects.  „The AGPU already stands for the sustainable development of the material PVC. We want to show this clear focus on the future issues of the society even more strongly through the renaming“, says AGPU Chairman Dr Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit).

Also on the agenda of the AGPU general assembly was the supplementary election of the board. With Jörg Frömming (Dekura), Volkmar Halbe (FEB), Roland Pietz (Evonik), Dr. Ingo Sartorius (PlasticsEurope Deutschland) and Thomas Zenger (Baerlocher), five recognized industry representatives joined the board.

AGPU at expert panel with Federal Environment Minister

In mid-June, an expert discussion took place in Berlin regarding the situation of plastic window recycling and possible consequences if no exceptions for lead-containing recyclates were to be made in the restriction procedure. Bernhard Daldrup, member of the Bundestag, had invited to this meeting. In addition to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, the VEKA Chairman Andreas Hartleif as well as AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann and GKFP Managing Director Gerald Feigenbutz also joined the meeting.

Bernhard Daldrup, spokesman for building and housing of the SPD parliamentary group, is equally committed to stable political framework conditions for the recycling industry. For him, recycling is the most appropriate path to take in this industry. Svenja Schulze was also open to the concerns of the industry. In her opinion, industry-specific solutions are desirable. She wants to take into account the attitude of the PVC industry when it comes to changes in European regulations.

New VinylPlus Progress Report 2020 is out

VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 771,313 tonnes of PVC in 2019 – more than 96% of the programme’s 2020 target. The PVC industry is well on track to meet VinylPlus’ ever more challenging recycling targets for 2025, in line with the Circular Economy and the ambition of the Circular Plastics Alliance and EU policy initiatives to encourage recovering, recycling and reusing plastics. VinylPlus’ results are presented in its 2020 Progress Report launched in June.

“Over the last 20 years, VinylPlus has worked tirelessly to tackle the challenges of circularity. We continuously aim to improve our sustainability performance embracing the European Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan and other policy initiatives impacting the plastics sector,” stated Brigitte Dero, Managing Director of VinylPlus.


PVC webinar was a great success

Due to the current Corona pandemic situation, this year’s summer workshop „PVC and Environment“, jointly organised by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland (PED), was held in webinar form. Nearly 110 participants from member companies and outside followed the presentations of Thomas Hülsmann („PVC – Current Situation“), Sven Weihe („Image of Plastics – Survey and Impacts by Covid-19) and Dr. Sabine Lindner („Drinking Water Contact Materials“) on current topics concerning PVC.

Dr. Ingo Sartorius, Acting General Manager of PlasticsEurope Deutschland, welcomed the participants in front of their home office and company screens and thanked them for their great interest. This underlined not only the importance of the workshop in the industry, but also the importance of the selected topics.

The next workshop „PVC and Environment“ will take place on January 12, 2021 in Bonn – hopefully again as a face-to-face event with plenty of time for networking.

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 goes virtual

The VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum 2020 on 15 October 2020 will take place virtually as a web conference. „While we are saddened not to be able to meet you in person, we are excited to see you all virtually and look forward to another successful Sustainability Forum“, says VinylPlus® Managing Director Brigitte Dero. The web conference will feature quality speakers and presentations as well as interactive debates and live polling, with participants from around the world.

Topics of the VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum include the European Green Deal and the related opportunities for the PVC industry to position its sustainable products in the market, green building with certified PVC products and the development of the PVC industry until 2030.

Further details of the upcoming VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum 2020 can be found at

Corona Crisis: Vinyl products in the healthcare sector

The AGPU published a detailed report on the benefits of vinyl products in the healthcare sector on its website. They have been used successfully for over 60 years and are indispensable. This is also evident in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic and is demonstrated by the wide range of medical applications, such as pharmaceutical blister packs for medicines, infusion tubes, blood bags, respiratory masks, single-use protective gloves or components of medical devices.

The range of high-performance PVC products in the healthcare sector is wide and is constantly being expanded with new applications. About 40 percent of all medical plastic products in European hospitals are made of PVC. They improve the chances of recovery, extend life expectancy and enable the best standards of hygiene. PVC owes its widespread use in the healthcare sector not only to its individually adaptable material properties, but also to its attractive designs and low purchase and maintenance costs in times of tight budgets.

EU: Medical Device Regulation postponed

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the EU Parliament has postponed the start of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) until 26 May 2021. This means that medical devices can still be marketed for another year under the previous regulations.

The Medical Devices Regulation was supposed to come into force on 26 May of this year. Among other things, it lays down uniform criteria for testing bodies, the so-called Notified Bodies, for the approval of medical devices and regulates the procedure for the approval of clinical trials of medical devices.

Already in March, the EU Commission had advocated postponing the start of the regulation in order to avoid supply bottlenecks with medical devices during the corona crisis.

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 postponed

In mid-March, VinylPlus® Managing Director Brigitte Dero announced that the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum will be postponed to 14-15 October 2020 due to the current pandemic situation. The city and venue will remain the same. Participants who have already paid the registration fee and are unable to attend in October will receive a refund.

Material flow analysis for plastics: data collection started

The data collection for the current „Material flow analysis for plastics in Germany 2019“ has started. In the coming months, more than 2,000 companies from the plastics production, processing and recycling industries will be surveyed and available statistics and studies evaluated. The plastics material flow analysis enjoys a high reputation among politicians, authorities and experts and shows that circular economy has long been a central topic for the German plastics industry and that the protection of the environment is an important concern for the entire industry.

In addition to AGPU and PlasticEurope Germany, clients include the BKV, bvse, BDE, GKV, pro-K, KRV and VCI. Within the scope of the data collection there will also be current data for the material PVC. A detailed PVC study is not planned until 2021.

Keep distance: Vinyl floor mats for office and retail

According to the manufacturer, the new, individually designable „keep distance“ vinyl floor mats from Fotoboden help to further increase safety in the trade against possible infection with the Covid-19 virus for all parties involved. Customers in particular are thus repeatedly reminded when shopping to keep distance to other people as recommended by the health authorities.

Operators of supermarkets or medical facilities can choose from various designs and sizes of photo flooring, which can be seen on the manufacturer’s website. They are shipped throughout Germany within a few days. The minimum order quantity is one vinyl floor mat.

More information about the vinyl floor mats can be found at