30 Years of AGPU

In Germany, AGPU has been committed for 30 years now to the innovative and future- oriented material PVC. Thanks to the long-standing support of the member companies from the entire PVC value chain, the right strategy and a competent team, AGPU has in the past successfully mastered the tasks again and again and is thus well positioned for future challenges.

30 years ago, there was no alternative to the foundation of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und Umwelt e.V.. To this day, nothing has changed, even though the times when the material was the subject of particular criticism are a thing of the past. Thanks to the long-standing commitment of the approximately 60 member companies to the sustainable development of PVC and an open dialogue with stakeholders from all sectors, AGPU and its partners have succeeded in establishing vinyl as an innovative, sustainable and forward-looking material. The fact that modern PVC products today are benefiting more and more people is thanks to their diversity, long service life and performance. They are true high-tech wonders!

“The industry set the course early on for resource-saving material lifecycles and ensured that its material met the sustainability criteria. This also benefits the climate: With new buildings and energy-efficient building refurbishment, energy- and resource-efficient PVC building products make a contribution to achieving the climate protection goals of the Federal Government,” praised Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze in her welcoming address to the 30th anniversary meeting of the AGPU. “For me, environmental policy means modernization policy. They make our country fit for the future. Efficiency technologies and a strong recycling economy are at the forefront. For me, good environmental policy also means involving all actors in order to learn from each other – and this is best achieved through dialogue,” said the SPD politician.

At the festive event on 15 June 2018 in Bonn, the two guest speakers were also convinced of the future viability of PVC as a material. For NRW Economics Minister Professor 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 framework conditions for sustainable investments,” the Minister stressed in his speech. Martin Bastian, Director of the SKZ Institute, was also enthusiastic: “The opportunities for PVC are also great in the future: individual adaptability to the most diverse product requirements and established recycling are the basis for this.”

“We have succeeded in positioning PVC among decision- makers in public procurement as an innovative, reliable and sustainable material for a wide range of applications,” said Dr. Axel Bruder, member of the Executive Board of RENOLIT SE and Chairman of the Executive Board of AGPU from 2010 to June 2018. At the General Meeting 2018, at which the AGPU Executive Board was also due to be reelected, Dr. Bruder handed over the chairmanship to his newly elected successor Dr. Oliver Mieden, Head of Environmental Affairs & Corporate Communications at PVC manufacturer Vinnolit. Joachim Eck- stein (PolyComply Hoechst GmbH) also retired from the AGPU Executive Board after 30 years.

AGPU Knowledge Base

The PVC-WIKI is available as a knowledge base exclusively for AGPU member companies. Currently there are about 11,000 documents in the knowledge management tool, which is supervised by WG Knowledge.