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 michael.friedrichs@agpu.com.


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 iris.pohl@agpu.com. 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 julia.gogos@agpu.com


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 vinylplus.eu/community/vinyl-sustainability-forum. Here you can register for the event as well.

INOVYN Awards 2019: PVC Innovations Wanted

It’s time again. The INOVYN Awards 2019 is designed to help boost innovation by recognising and promoting key achievements in the global vinyl industry. Participants include PVC processors, academics, architects, designers and research organisations.

Proposals can be submitted to the INOVYN Awards website by 15 May 2019. A jury will then decide which product or project will receive the awards on 17 October at the awards ceremony during the K 2019 fair in Düsseldorf.

Please check out www.inovynawards.com for further information.

Titanium Dioxide Study Confirms Significant Impact

Hard to replace, a massive restriction on product quality and variety, bad for established recycling methods: This is the conclusion of a recent study on titanium dioxide, which was commissioned by PlasticsEurope Deutschland, AGPU and other industry associations by Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH. The study is a response to the European Commission’s plans to classify titanium dioxide as a potential carcinogen. White pigment is an important raw material for paints, cosmetics and medicines and is contained in almost all processed plastics in Germany, almost 50 percent of which contain more than one percent.

The aim of the study is both to obtain facts about the use of titanium dioxide in plastics processing in the various applications and to determine the effects with regards to the recycling of plastic waste. In the case of classification, all plastic waste streams containing more than one percent titanium dioxide, especially from the construction and demolition sectors, could become hazardous waste.

The abstract of the study is available for download on the AGPU website. The complete study is available for a fee from the BKV website.


The spring issues of STARKE SEITEN and BLITZ-INFO have been released this week. The magazine has a circulation of 26,500 copies and is aimed at decision-makers from selected target groups, the PVC industry and its value chain from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A part of the STARKE SEITEN is sent as usual with the BLITZ-INFO. This printed newsletter provides information on the sustainable development of PVC and is aimed especially at relevant deciders from politics, administration, industry and trade.

Both publications are available for download from the AGPU website. If interested, we can send you the media data with the schedule of topics for the next two issues of STARKE SEITEN. Among other things, it is planned to publish an English edition of the autumn issue for the K 2019 fair in Düsseldorf.

New AGPU Activity Report Available

The new AGPU activity report in German was presented at the PVC Workshop in mid-January 2019 in Bonn. The English version has been available for a few days now. The activity report covers the most important projects and events of the past two years and provides detailed information on the increasing cooperation with VinylPlus® as well as on the services offered by the AGPU for its current 60 member companies from the entire PVC value chain.

The new activity report is currently available for download in a digital version on the AGPU website and in the PVC-WIKI. Printed copies will be available from the beginning of March. We would be pleased to send you some reports on request: iris.pohl@agpu.com.