After being invited to talk at the General Meeting of the German Association for Manufacturers of Flexible Flooring (FEB), the AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann attended the event in Berlin early October and used the opportunity to present the work of the PVC experts from Bonn and promote active involvement in the working group. The FEB currently represents around 15 member companies and 20 supporting members. Most flooring manufacturers use PVC as their preferred material for their flooring products.

AGPU was also represented at the PVC Plastisols Conference at the SKZ in Würzburg. At the event, Thomas Hülsmann gave a talk in which he presented the importance and meaning of emotional stories and facts concerning PVC to participants and discussed the question of what is advancing the industry in the current environmental debate.

AGPU members have free access to the presentations and many thousand other documents in the PVC-Wiki knowledge database.

According to estimations made by the German Specialist Association for Manufacturers of Flexible Flooring (Fachverband der Hersteller elastischer Bodenbeläge – FEB), overall sales of flexible flooring in Germany increased by a total of 5.1 percent last year in comparison to 2013. PVC design flooring recorded particularly strong growth, followed by cushion vinyl (CV) flooring. Both product categories overcompensated for the declines in sales of homogeneous and heterogeneous PVC flooring and for the declines in sales of other flexible non-PVC flooring such as linoleum and rubber flooring.

The agenda for the next joint „PVC and the Environment“ workshop, which will be hosted by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany in Bonn on 13th January 2015, has been finalised a few weeks ago and its range of different topics seems to have had a positive impact in the industry. The AGPU office has now already received more than 70 registrations for the event, not only from AGPU and PlasticsEurope members, but also from a multitude of external companies.

Alongside the current situation of PVC, the workshop will also focus on topics such as the analysis of material flows of plastics and PVC in Germany. The German Specialist Association for Manufacturers of Flexible Flooring (FEB) will also present itself at the workshop, where other speakers will focus on the topic of plasticisers in indoor air and in biomonitoring. The event programme will be rounded off by presentations on the difference between hazard and risk, the current status of waste legislation and environmental product declarations for PVC windows.

If you are interested to join as well, we will be happy to send you an invitation to the workshop. We look forward to hearing from you soon, please contact