100 YEARS OF PVC: A MODERN MATERIAL WITH HISTORY

2013 was a very special year for PVC. 100 years ago, on July 4,1913, the German chemist Fritz Klatte from Frankfurt-Griesheim received the patent for an invention that has changed our lives in many ways and thus laid the foundation for a unique success story. Fritz Klatte invented the manufacturing process for one of the world’s most important plastics, PVC.

Today, PVC is a modern, innovative material. Due to its advantages, it is used in many different ways and is constantly being developed: for energy-saving windows that do not need to be painted, water pipes that can withstand heavy traffic loads and do not clog because of their smooth surface, hygienic floor coverings, flexible cables and even blood bags, tablet packaging and soft hoses in medical applications. As a result of the improvements, the branch has made measurable progress in sustainable development in Germany and throughout Europe.

2013 was also a special year, as AGPU and its member companies along the PVC value chain had been committed to sustainable development of the material for 25 years and had been engaged in an intensive dialogue with decision-makers from politics, business, commerce and NGOs.