Chlorine Production in the EU now mercury-free

The final deadline for chlorine production based on the so-called amalgam/mercury process in the EU expired on 11 December 2017. According to the companies, all plants concerned have either been converted to the membrane technology or closed.

According to Eurochlor, there were still around 2.1 million mercury-based chlorine capacities per year in 2017. Productions with a capacity of 775,000 t/y were closed, the remainder was converted and replaced by new technologies. As a result, the total chlorine capacity in the EU in 2017 has thus been reduced from a good 12 million tonnes per year to around 11.25 million tonnes per year.

According to the industry association, about one third of chlorine is used in PVC production, making it the largest single application.

PVC Windows: Market Share of 57.7% in Germany

According to the estimates of the four industry associations VFF, pro-K, FV S+B and BF, positive overall economic conditions and rising residential construction lead to positive impulses on the German window market. The slight upward trend that has been continuing since 2007 is thus continuing. Based on the 13.8 million window units (WU) in 2016, sales of windows in Germany are expected to increase by 2.9 % to 14.2 million WU in 2017, according to a Heinze study. In 2018, an even stronger increase of 3.3% to 14.8 million WU is considered possible.

With regard to frame materials, the four industry associations expect only minor shifts in the current year. Experts expect that PVC windows will reach a market share of 57.7 %. The industry associations are also expecting increasing growth rates in the field of exterior doors. PVC doors will account for 32.8% of unit sales in 2018. For comparison: aluminium doors 32.5%, timber doors 25.3%, other materials 9.4%.

PVC workshop with Record Attendance

What a promising start! On January 16, AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland held a record-breaking PVC workshop in Bonn. 90 participants used the event to inform and exchange information with colleagues from the industry. There was particularly great interest in topics such as the classification of the fire behaviour of construction products, the potential classification of titanium dioxide or the use of PVC in automotive interiors.

All presentations can be found in the PVC-WIKI, which is an exclusive platform for AGPU member companies.

Polysecure Is First New AGPU Member

Just in time for the beginning of the year, AGPU welcomes a first new member, Polysecure GmbH from Freiburg. The company offers solutions for plagiarism protection, product authentication, material detection and marking.

At the end of last year, Polysecure Managing Director Jochen Mößlein received the StartGreen Award 2017. Together with REHAU, his company has developed a process for the separation of glass-fibre-containing PVC regrind. The company is also working with the Green Dot on a joint project to significantly increase the mechanical recycling rate of plastic packaging in the future.

Polysecure ist neues AGPU-Mitglied

Pünktlich zum Jahresanfang kann die AGPU mit der Polysecure GmbH aus Freiburg ein erstes neues Mitglied begrüßen. Das Unternehmen bietet Lösungen zum Plagiatschutz, zur Produktauthentifizierung, zur Materialerkennung sowie zur Markierung und Kennzeichnung.

Ende vergangenen Jahres nahm Polysecure Geschäftsführer Jochen Mößlein den StartGreen Award 2017 entgegen. Gemeinsam mit REHAU hat sein Unternehmen ein Verfahren für das Abtrennen von glasfaserhaltigem Mahlgut aus PVC entwickelt. Auch mit dem Grünen Punkt arbeitet das Unternehmen bereits an einem gemeinsamen Projekt, um die werkstoffliche Recyclingquote von Kunststoffverpackungen künftig deutlich anzuheben.

PVC-Workshop mit Rekordbeteiligung

Was für ein vielversprechender Start ins neue Jahr! In der vergangenen Woche fand in Bonn der gemeinsame PVC-Workshop von AGPU und PlasticsEurope Deutschland mit Rekordbeteiligung statt. 90 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer nutzten die Veranstaltung zur Information und zum Austausch mit Kollegen aus der Branche. Besonders groß war das Interesse an den Themen wie die Einstufung des Brandverhaltens von Bauprodukten, die Neueinstufung von Titandioxid oder die Verwendung von PVC im Fahrzeuginnenräumen.