Best Practice for the Environment: New Project

Energy-efficient renovation work is currently being carried out on a residential building containing 24 flats in Mühlhausen (Germany). The special feature of this work is the fact that after being removed and replaced with new energy-saving PVC windows, the old PVC products, namely 89 windows and 24 balcony elements, will be recycled and reused later. By taking this approach, the renovation project is participating in the „Best Practice for the Environment“ campaign, which is identifying and documenting exemplary and sustainable building projects in the German federal states of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt until the end of the year.

The environmental campaign, which is supported by a number of regional and national associations and companies, was initiated by AGPU, Rewindo and AgPR.

Soft PVC Campaign: Advertorial in „Outdoor-Magazin“

An advertorial for the Soft PVC Communication Campaign has been published in the July issue of „Outdoor-Magazin“. The article was produced by AGPU Media and promotes the benefits of PVC-coated fabrics, from lightweight tents for camping right through to innovative circus roofs.

After receiving positive feedback on advertorials for PVC products in green public procurement that have already been published on multiple occasions as part of a joint communication project with VinylPlus, the steering committee has now decided to publish several advertorials on selected topics to accompany its well-established advertising motifs.

If you would like to find out more about the other measures and projects involved in the campaign or contribute to the campaign yourself in order to ensure that soft PVC products continue to be the number one choice among decision-makers both now and in the future, please feel free to contact us. AGPU Managing Director, Thomas Hülsmann, will be happy to provide you with all the details.

Window Imports Are Strongly Increasing

According to data recorded by the German Association of Windows and Facades (Verband Fenster + Fassade – VFF), the number of windows produced in Germany in 2016 reached a total of 11,944 million window units. A good half of this overall production quantity, namely 6.454 million window units, were PVC windows, which can be compared with figures of 6.492 million window units in 2015 and 6.707 million window units in 2014.

While window exports slightly decreased in 2016 (from 9.3% in 2014 to 9.0% in 2016), window imports increased, with a total of 2.94 million window units imported to Germany last year. This total can be compared with figures of 2.618 million window units in 2015 and 2.379 million window units in 2014. Around 1.76 million window units, which equates to 60% of all imported windows in 2016, came from Poland. 75.2% of these window units were for plastic windows.
At the beginning of May, the VFF presented its current window sales figures for the previous year, which revealed that a total of eight million window units were sold in Germany in 2016.

Joint PVC Workshop in Frankfurt

The joint PVC Workshop by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany in Frankfurt last week was yet again a complete success. A total of around 60 experts were participating, all presentations were on highly topical issues which were concluded by lifely discussions. The networking dinner in the evening before was very well accepted.

The next PVC Workshop will be held at the Collegium Leonium in Bonn on Tuesday 16th January 2018. Please make a note of this date in your diary! Do you have any special topic requests or speaker recommendations for next year’s event? If so, please contact Ms Pohl (, who looks forward to hearing from you.

EuPC startet Umfrage zur Nutzung von Kunststoffrecyclat

Der europäische Verband der Kunststoffverarbeiter (EuPC) befragt ab sofort bis September 2017 die europäischen Kunststoffverarbeiter zum Einsatz von recycelten Kunststoffen. Recycling gewinne immer mehr an Bedeutung, insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund einer künftigen Kreislaufwirtschaft, so der Verband.

Die Umfrage sei Teil einer größeren Initiative von EuPC, um tiefergehende Einblicke in die Herausforderungen beim Einsatz von Recyclingkunststoffen zu erhalten. Die Ergebnisse sollen im Oktober 2017 veröffentlicht werden.

Teilnehmen können alle Unternehmen in der Kunststoffverarbeitung. Die Umfrage ist auch auf Deutsch online verfügbar.

Best Practice für die Umwelt: Neues Projekt

In Mühlhausen wird derzeit ein Wohnhaus mit 24 Wohneinheiten energetisch saniert. Die Besonderheit hier: Die alten PVC-Bauteile, 89 Fenster und 24 Balkonelemente, werden nach dem Ausbau und dem Austausch gegen neue Energiesparfenster aus Kunststoff recycelt und später wiederverwertet. Damit nimmt das Sanierungsprojekt an der länderübergreifenden Aktion „Best Practice für die Umwelt“ teil, welche bis Jahresende beispielhafte und nachhaltige Bauvorhaben in Thüringen, Sachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt ermittelt und dokumentiert.

Initiiert wurde die von regionalen und bundesweiten Verbänden und Unternehmen unterstützte Umweltaktion von der AGPU, Rewindo und der AgPR.