On the foundation of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und Umwelt e.V. (AGPU) 30 years ago, there was no way around it. This has not changed to this day, even if the times in which PVC materials and products were particularly criticised are a thing of the past. Thanks to the long-standing 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 PVC as an innovative, sustainable and future-oriented material. The fact that modern PVC products today are real high-tech wonders is benefiting more and more people in their lives thanks to their diversity and performance.
At the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the AGPU, the two guest speakers were also convinced of the sustainability of PVC as a material. For NRW’s Economics Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, innovative products and manufacturing processes are one of the keys to the future. “We in North Rhine-Westphalia stand for a modern and environmentally friendly industry and create the right conditions for sustainable investments,” stressed the Minister in his speech. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Bastian, Director of the SKZ Institute, was also enthusiastic: “The opportunities for PVC continue to be great due to these diverse properties, the material is sustainable and can be individually adapted to the various requirements”.
“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”, says 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 voluntary commitment even better known in Germany.