New Advertorials for the Soft PVC Communication Campaign

In the August issue of the German procurement magazine „Kommunaler Beschaffungsdienst“ (KBD), AGPU Media has published an advertorial on the use of PVC flooring in nursery schools as part of the Soft PVC Communication Campaign. The current issue of the Caravaning Magazine also contains an advertorial focusing on furniture films and seat covers made of artificial leather.

Both advertising texts form part of the current Soft PVC Communication Campaign. We are happy to inform you about the other tools used in the campaign in order to ensure that soft PVC products are the preferred – choice among decision-makers both now and in the future.

For more information, please feel free to contact the AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann who looks forward to hearing from you.

Strengthen Recycling – Meeting on 6th September in Porta Westfalica

PVC recycling is becoming increasingly important, not only due to general statutory requirements such as the European Circular Economy Package with its own plastic strategy but also due to the targets set for the European PVC industry by the VinylPlus Commitment.

Our successful series of „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ events gives you the opportunity to present your company and its products and requirements, to find out about the current status of PVC recycling and to exchange ideas and experiences and strengthen your network in personal discussions. The next event will take place in Porta Westfalica (at the company Tönsmeier Kunststoffe GmbH & Co. KG) on 6th September 2017. Participation is free of charge for you. We look forward to seeing you there and enjoying interesting discussions full of new ideas and incentives.

BAuA Publishes Information on „Hazardous Products 2017“

The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) recently published its report on „Hazardous Products 2017“. One of the features of the BAuA’s product safety report, which is published on an annual basis, is a statistical analysis of the alerts released by the European rapid alert system RAPEX. In reference to 2016, the report also contains information on RAPEX alerts released due to infringements of the REACH Regulation for the first time. According to the publication, these alerts were produced for 45 products in 2016, more than two thirds of which fell into the category of „Utensils for home and leisure“. It goes on to explain that nearly all of the products were garments such as women’s shoes or lederhosen with a chromium content that considerably exceeded the threshold value. 20 percent of the products fell into the category of „Toys“ and frequently exceeded the threshold values with regard to their content of substances that pose a risk to health such as nickel or lead.

The online BAuA product safety portal currently lists a total of 1457 „dangerous products in Germany“, 145 of which are hazardous in terms of the REACH Regulation. A total of two of these products are clearly attributed to „PVC“ material, namely flip-flops with an excessive PAH content and a PVC ball containing DEHP. Both of these products were made in China. Other products listed as hazardous in relation to REACH include eight products listed under the keyword „DEHP“, the profiles of which do not go into any more detail about the plastic.

Construction Work on Temporary Buildings for the Climate Conference Begins

Two weeks ago, construction work on the temporary buildings for the International Climate Change Conference (COP 23), which will take place from 6th to 17th November 2017, has begun at the Rheinaue park in Bonn. The Federal Republic of Germany is supporting the Republic of Fuji, which holds presidency of the conference, as the technical host of the event. A new and innovative conference concept has been developed for the COP 23 and is designed to set an example for future climate change conferences, with the entire tent city used for the event being taken down after the conference.

This tent city is sure to also use tents and pavilions made of PVC-coated fabric. We will continue to report on this topic as the event approaches.

Save-the-Date: VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018

VinylPlus, das Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm der europäischen PVC-Branche, hat kürzlich eine erste Ankündigung zum nächsten VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 verschickt. Nach der erfolgreichen Veranstaltung in diesem Jahr in Berlin findet das nächste Event am 16. und 17. Mai 2018 in Madrid statt und steht unter dem Motto „Global View on Vinyl“.

Während des Forums haben VinylPlus-Mitglieder wieder die Gelegenheit, mit Stakeholdern ins Gespräch zu kommen, um sich mit ihnen über wichtige Themen und Trends auszutauschen.