AGPU: 30 Years for PVC

When the AGPU was founded 30 years ago, there was no way to avoid it. This has not changed to today, even if the times when PVC materials and products were particularly criticised are a thing of the past. Thanks to the long-term commitment of AGPU member companies from the entire PVC value chain for the sustainable development of PVC and an open dialogue with stakeholders from all areas, AGPU and its partners have succeeded in establishing the plastic as an innovative, sustainable and future-oriented material. The fact that modern PVC products today are real high-tech wonders is becoming more and more established in people’s daily lives thanks to their diversity and performance.

„The focus of the AGPU has been sharpened again and again over the last 30 years and is now clearly on the sustainability of the material“, said Dr. Oliver Mieden, newly elected CEO of the AGPU and Head of Environmental Affairs & Corporate Communications at PVC manufacturer Vinnolit: „Since 2017, the AGPU has been an associated member of VinylPlus®, the sustainability programme of the European PVC industry, and thus contributes to making the contents and objectives of the voluntary commitment better known in Germany“.

Umweltmagazin: „Established Recycling of PVC Building Products“

In the last issue issue of the UMWELTMAGAZIN, there is a new technical article by AGPU managing director Thomas Hülsmann and AGPU editor Michael Friedrichs on the subject of „Established recycling of PVC building products“. Due to the high level interest in the past, AGPU has decided to publish the article as a special print edition.

The article is part of a recent communication project which the AGPU is running together with VinylPlus in Germany. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PVC Recycling Finder will be in English soon

In a few weeks, the well-known German PVC Recycling Finder website will also be available in an English version. The reason behind this is to make even more interested parties aware of the PVC recycling activities in Germany and thus to further expand the network. In addition, the measure is intended to further intensify European cooperation and exchange. The Italian PVC Forum is currently working on a similar platform, which will also be available in English and Italian.

With a total of 13,100 hits in 2017, the PVC Recycling Finder is a popular website for all those who want to find buyers for used PVC material or search for recycled materials.

Best Practice for the Environment: 700 windows replaced

The energetic refurbishment of a Secondary School in Jessen is regarded as an example of environmental learning. Two buildings dating from 1978 will be fitted with modern thermal insulation for the facades and false ceilings to the roof by 2019. In addition, new PVC windows are now providing an additional improvement in the energy balance. In this publicly funded renovation project, approximately 700 old PVC windows from 1995 to 1998 have been dismantled for recycling and later re-use.

The project is part of the „Best Practice for the Environment“ campaign. In Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia, exemplary and sustainable building projects were identified and documented where PVC building products are recycled. The campaign was initiated by Rewindo, AgPR and AGPU and is actively supported by several regional and national associations and companies.

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.