According to a current market study conducted by Markets & Markets on Medical plastics, the global market in this segment will grow by a good 7 percent per year until 2020. The market researchers state that PVC is currently the most widely used plastic in this segment due to the versatility of PVC material and the fact that it is easy to sterilise. According to the study, PVC is most frequently used for flexible containers and hoses in particular.

According to a report published in the German newspaper „Reutlinger General-Anzeiger“ on 5th September 2015, VAUDE wants to avoid using PVC as part of its efforts to become „Europe’s most sustainable outdoor brand“ by 2017. The company states that PVC is currently above all used in the production of tarpaulin for bags and tents. The report claims that the production of waterproof environmentally friendly alternatives is twice as expensive as that of the established products containing PVC.

VAUDE’s announcement that it wants to avoid using certain materials in its products in the future is nothing new. This is, however, the first time that the company has specified a concrete date. Whether the PVC-free alternatives will also boast the same outstanding material properties that are highly valued by customers remains to be seen. The Swiss fashionable bag manufacturer FREITAG is incidentally continuing to rely on using recycled lorry tarpaulin made of PVC in line with their existing sustainability strategy. We, of course, are well aware that using PVC and following a sustainability strategy are not incompatible. The bag manufacturer Ortlieb is also aware of this fact and recently informed the German magazine „Ökotest“ that it plans to continue using PVC.

Within a joint communication project of VinylPlus und AGPU, AGPU is currently producing a series of articles on the topic of PVC and green public procurement. The actual topic is sports facilities and leisure, that will be published in the specialist procurement magazine „Kommunaler Beschaffungs-Dienst“ (KBD) and complement the main focus of the issue.

Further articles will be published in KBD and other relevant specialist media up to the beginning of next year. These will always focus on the topic of green public procurement combined with a PVC product , its benefits and the sustainable development of the PVC industry.

AGPU Media is offering very useful arguments pro PVC. Documents are available in the library section of PVC-Partner website. Due to the positive response, we have updated our English language brochures „Imagine how hard life would be without soft-PVC“ and „The most common misunderstandings about soft-PVC“. Each publication is a high-quality document that proves our expertise as a powerful advocate for PVC products. Digital versions of all documents are available for download now.

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Der gemeinsam von AGPU und PlasticsEurope Deutschland organisierte Workshop „PVC und Umwelt“ ist seit vielen Jahren das anerkannte Expertenforum der PVC-Branche. Beim diesjährigen Sommer-Workshop am 03. Juni 2014 erwarten Sie in Bonn eine Reihe interessanter Vorträge. So wird AGPU-Geschäftsführer Thomas Hülsmann die aktuelle Situation von PVC beleuchten und Hans Christoph Porth (Leiter des Bereiches Polymere, VESTOLIT GmbH) die Lage von PVC in Europa thematisieren. Godfrey Arnold (D&G Consulting, UK) wird über den Europäischen Fenstermarkt berichten. Weitere Referate drehen sich unter anderem um den ökologischen Fußabdruck und Innenraumluftuntersuchungen. Darüber hinaus wird Dr. Davide Brizzolara (Celanese Emulsions GmbH) neue VAE-basierte Modifikatoren für PVC vorstellen und Dr. Hans-Rudolf Beer (Sika Technology AG) wird die Langlebigkeit von PVC-Abdichtungsbahnen erläutern.

Die Teilnahme ist für Mitglieder von PlasticsEurope Deutschland und AGPU kostenlos. Für Nicht-Mitglieder wird ein Teilnahmebeitrag in Höhe von 300 Euro zzgl. 19% Mehrwertsteuer erhoben. Erneut möchten wir den Abend vor dem Workshop zum Networking nutzen und laden Sie gern zum Abendessen ein. Dabei haben Sie wieder die Gelegenheit, neue Kontakte zu knüpfen und Ihre Kunden und Kollegen zu treffen. Die Teilnahme am Abendessen ist kostenlos bzw. für Nicht-Mitglieder im o.g. Teilnahmebeitrag bereits enthalten.

Alle Unterlagen finden Sie auch im PVC-WIKI. Der Anmeldeschluss ist der 28. Mai 2014.