The PVC Wiki, AGPU members‘ exclusive knowledge bank, is enjoying great popularity two years after it started. With nearly 300 registered users and currently around 7,000 pages of content, for many AGPU members the PVC Wiki is now required weekly reading – whether to download linked documents from the PVC Ticker or to search requests and market data. According to statistics, each visitor visits about seven pages per month. In the period from January until May 2014 the AGPU knowledge base was accessed more than 2,000 times.

Also after the „PVC and the Environment“ workshop of AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany, there were some requests regarding log-in information which of course were answered promptly. If you too have colleagues in the company to whom PVC Wiki might be of interest, simply forward the latest issue of PVC Bulletin or send us an e-mail with the relevant contact details, addressed to Michael Friedrichs. Thank you!

Over the past weeks, „Plasticisers make sperm tired“ and other similar headlines have been used in a multitude of media reports responding to a press release published by the „Caesar“ research centre in the German city of Bonn. A German and Danish research group recently used a newly developed process to examine the effects of 100 hormonally active chemicals and in doing so, discovered that around 30 of these chemicals limit the function of human sperm and may therefore be responsible for fertility problems. Although one of these chemicals was a certain plasticiser, many headlines suggest that all of the chemicals were plasticisers.

According to the study, the plasticiser DnBP is one of the „disruptive substances“ identified. Nevertheless, neither the press release from Caesar nor the various media reports published on the study mention that the plasticiser DnBP has already been placed on the list of SVHC candidates produced by the ECHA and that, as specified in a statement released by the European Commission on 17th February 2014, is today barely used in Europe.

At the beginning of July, the Soft PVC Communication Campaign was continued with the publication of another advertisement in the business magazine brand eins and its first advertisement in the architecture magazine MADEby. The advertisements for both publications fit in with the Football World Cup that is currently taking place in Brazil by using a stadium motif with the slogan „The Sky Is the Limit for PVC“. Alongside the publication of the advertisement, the issue of MADEby magazine also features a report covering several pages on the creative workshop attended by a number of well-known German architects in the Romanian village of Cund at the end of last year.

The communication campaign was developed by AGPU together with a group of 12 companies and organisations who finance this activity additional to the AGPU budget. Are you also part of the soft PVC value creation chain and do you want to ensure that soft PVC products continue to be the number one choice among decision-makers both now and in the future? If so, support the current campaign by becoming a sponsor now! If you would like to receive more information on the concept behind the campaign and other planned events, please contact the AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann, who looks forward to hearing from you soon.

To celebrate the passing of the baton from Werner Preusker to its new Managing Director, Thomas Hülsmann, AGPU is hosting a colloquium at the „Universitätsclub“ venue in the German city of Bonn on 1st and 2nd July. The event will give decision-makers from the PVC industry the opportunity to establish contact with external experts and features an agenda focusing on the main topics behind the work carried out by AGPU, namely sustainability management and energy-saving construction. The Managing Directors‘ Round-Table Event on 1st July will explore the topics of risk perception and communication with Professor Ortwin Renn, who will present his latest publication „The Risk Paradox. Why We Are Afraid of the Wrong Things“. You can find more detailed information concerning the event in your invitation. More than 100 participants are registered up to now. We look forward to receiving your positive response to our invitation and as always, are happy to help if you have any questions or queries. 

On 5 June 1972 the United Nations‘ first environmental conference was inaugurated in Stockholm with 1,200 representatives from 112 countries. This date is considered to mark the beginning of international environmental policy and since 1976 is celebrated in Germany too as „World Environment Day“ with numerous events and activities. AGPU has taken the opportunity on the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day to underline its commitment to PVC as a sustainable material and published a press release on energy and resource efficiency. The statement highlights the role of PVC products for energy saving in buildings and recommends more financial support for investments in energy efficient buildings.