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Fostering innovation in recycling and encouraging circularity of materials in the economy is a challenging and complex endeavour, The Vinyl Council has been engaged in such activity for several years, working with members of the vinyl value chain to facilitate solutions to end-of-life PVC products.

Industry Recycling Strategy Manager, Helen Millicer will be presenting on this topic at the 2018 Waste Strategy Summit to be held in Sydney 26-28 June.

On 28 June, in a presentation entitled 'Pilots and Collaborators – taking the ‘squiggle’ out of developing recycling solutions', Helen will share how the Council works to collaborate widely with stakeholders to develop innovative approaches to waste recovery and recycling. As an example, she will outline the challenges and successes of initiating and managing a project to divert a complex end-of-life vinyl product from landfill and find beneficial uses for the raw materials.

Her talk will cover:

•    How to implement concrete and effective recycling solutions in organisations
•    Understanding the importance of collaboration between industries, organisations and governments in developing recycling strategy
•    Learning how to take maximise the chance of success and take the 'squiggle' out of the process
•    Some of the exciting possibilities of PVC recycling in Australia

Helen will then participate in a panel session with a number of experts.

 

 

The Vinyl Council of Australia wishes to clarify some recent reports about its increasingly successful PVC Recycling in Hospitals program.

Managed by the Vinyl Council of Australia and its member partners in the program – Baxter Healthcare, Aces Medical Waste and Welvic Australia – the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program is a local initiative to redirect high-grade PVC waste from hospitals to local recycling companies to be reprocessed in Australia and sold to Australian and New Zealand manufacturers who produce new, finished products such as garden hoses and outdoor playground matting.  

Unlike other commercial and residential programs in Australia and New Zealand, the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program processes and recycles PVC material here in Australia, closing the loop on the manufacture, supply and disposal of PVC products in hospitals.

Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of hospitals, nurses and other healthcare professionals in Australia and New Zealand, the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program has now grown to more than 130 hospitals.

Over the past 12 months almost 200 tonnes of PVC waste from hospitals has been diverted from landfill to recycling.

At a time when residential recycling programs are under enormous pressure due to significant changes to waste management policies in China and its decision to restrict the importation of unsorted waste from other countries, the Vinyl Council confirms its PVC Recycling in Hospitals program remains unaffected by these changes in international waste management. We are proud that our industry program continues to lead by example as a local, innovative waste management and recycling program.

To support the growth of the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program, Welvic made a significant investment in modern recycling equipment last year and has created six new jobs at its Victorian PVC compounding plant.

Baxter Healthcare, a local manufacturer of hospital IV fluids bags, has also invested in education and training in the healthcare sector and provides logistics support.
 
"We seek to assure the healthcare sector and its staff that the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program is strong and is not affected by China’s ban on unsorted materials. All the medical waste collected under the program has always been, and continues to be, reprocessed and used here or in New Zealand," said Vinyl Council's CEO Sophi MacMillan.  
 
"This example-setting program is growing precisely because it is supported by the local vinyl manufacturing industry and the healthcare sector as product consumers. It is a clear demonstration that circularity within Australia can work."

The Vinyl Council is calling on other industries and manufacturers to support the program and for measures to strengthen the local recycling industry.  
 
"We would like to see greater support and incentives from government to encourage local design and manufacturing of products that use recyclate, to drive demand for recyclate use in Australia,” said Sophi.

“And we’d like policies to encourage procurement of those products that demonstrate they are closing the circularity gap in Australia.”

Australian Resilient Flooring Association (ARFA)

ARFA is the peak industry body in Australia representing Resilient Floor and Wallcoverings.

The key purposes of ARFA are:
a)    to advance, encourage and protect the interests of the industry in Australia;
b)    to establish and maintain contact with Government, regulatory authorities and other influential stakeholders in matters affecting the welfare of the industry;
c)    to stimulate public confidence and interest in the industry;
d)    to be actively engaged in the development of schemes to enable adequate training of future technical (and other) participants in the industry; and
e)    to arrange the collation of statistical data and other information to assist in the development of the market.

Current ARFA initiatives underway include:

  • Commencement of a review to update AS1884: 2012 through Standards Australia by ARFA’s Technical Committee;
  • Support for the Vinyl Industry Recycling Strategy now trialing the recycling of post-consumer vinyl flooring waste in Australia;
  • Founding membership of the Australian Flooring Industry Alliance, comprising of ARFA, the Carpet Institute of Australia, the Australasian Timber Flooring Association, the Tile & Tilers Industry Association Australia and the Resin Floors Association. Through this body, ARFA plans to channel its support for an industry training initiative now underway in both the TAFE and private sectors.
  • Confidential, third party collation and aggregation of industry statistics for provision to members.
  • Association membership of the Vinyl Council of Australia for access to the PVC Stewardship Program, Best Practice PVC accreditation and other industry advocacy and services.

Further initiatives soon to commence include developing an Industry Code of Practice.

ARFA membership is available to any company that manufactures and/or imports and distributes resilient flooring and wallcoverings to the Australian market and that supports the purposes of the Association. To join the Association, please contact ARFA's Secretariat on 03 9510 1711.

Advances in technology, sustainability and product stewardship over the last 20 years have helped to transform the PVC sector across Australia and turn vinyl into a ‘sound choice of material’, delegates learnt at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future.

Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia in its 20th anniversary year, the two-day Sydney event in March shared latest developments in PVC formulations and best practice manufacturing that demonstrate the sector’s commitment to continuous improvement.

The event was supported by headline sponsors Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Berstorff from Munich, Germany and Italian machinery manufacturer PlasMec.

Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi Macmillan commented: “We are driving continuous improvement through the industry in Australia, for both locally-made and imported products, and this is driving change through PVC product supply chains.

“One of the longest standing product stewardship programs in Australia, our PVC Stewardship Program is leading in many areas. These include its life cycle approach, specific and measurable commitments, transparency, and focus on continuous improvement across the value chain.”

Currently 47 companies are Signatories to the Program, representing the majority of the Australian PVC industry. These companies include manufacturers of PVC resin, additives and end-products, PVC compounders and product importers. Major PVC applications represented in the Program include companies manufacturing or importing packaging, cables, windows, flooring, pipes, formwork, medical products, and profiles.

Among the industry successes Sophi highlighted were:  a 99.45% reduction in lead additive use since 2002, the Signatories’ 90% compliance with the PVC Industry Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Charter and several PVC recycling initiatives covering advertising banners, commercial vinyl flooring and medical devices.

In his US perspective on ‘Vinyl for a Purpose-Driven Sustainable Development’, Cristian Barcan, VP Sustainability & Industry Affairs at the Vinyl Institute covered key sustainability progress. This includes a 90% reduction in VCM emissions since 1983 and the elimination of lead and cadmium stabilisers. More than 450,000 tonnes of PVC are recycled annually in the US.

Cristian observed: “Unprecedented challenges lie ahead, we have to change. We don’t have three planets of natural resources; doing more with less is needed to address the needs of the next generation.”

Dr Tracy Wakefield of Plustec Pty Ltd outlined the benefits of uPVC Tilt n Turn windows and how their functionality, in terms of low-maintenance, ease-of-cleaning, security and superior ventilation are the future of windows in Australia – and crucially, suit its climate.

With 85% of windows installed in Australian homes still single-glazed, Gerhard Hoffmann of Greiner Extrusion emphasised how the insect-proof, thermally-efficient, 100% recyclable and corrosion-resistant properties of uPVC windows represent a cost-effective fenestration opportunity.

Advances in formulations were a key topic with Dane Tallen of stabiliser manufacturers Baerlocher exploring how calcium-based solutions could provide cost-effective and sustainable solutions for injection-moulding applications; while Dexter Chan from Arkema discussed the improved performance merits of acrylic impact modifiers in replacing chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) in rigid PVC.

Several updates on technology developments in the Australian PVC sector included a new chemical technology to separate PVC and laminated materials. Dennis Collins from PVC Separation explained how their two-stage chemical and environmentally-friendly process works for a variety of materials recycling, from PVC construction products to shoes, medical and food packaging items.

Dario Soncin of PlasMec covered latest developments in PVC dry blend preparation that can contribute to energy savings. Following him, Christian Birzer of Krauss-Maffei Berstorff revealed interesting advances in plastic processing machinery, including increasing the speed limit for pipe, increasing the production density and flexibility of pelletizing and narrowing the limits for u-PVC sheet extrusion.

Arjen Sevenster, Technical and Environmental Affairs Senior Manager at the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) highlighted major sustainability progress in the European PVC industry and how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment is supporting the Circular Economy objectives for PVC.

Summing up, Sophi concluded: “With a high calibre of speakers and content, our conference attracted nearly 150 people and has been a huge success. It has demonstrated that PVC, as a durable, low-carbon plastic with the potential for circularity, can contribute to shaping a more sustainable future for all.”

 

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Vinyl Council CEO Sophi MacMillan with Senator Kim Carr

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Gerhard Hoffmann, Greiner Extrusion
 

A paper by one of the Vinyl Council's research partners, Dr. Sagar T Cholake, Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, University of New South Wales, has been published in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling Volume 136, September 2018 related to the Council's vinyl banner recycling project.

The paper, ‘Cost-effective and sustainable approach to transform end-of-life vinyl banner to value added product’ details a potential, new low-cost solution for waste PVC coated fabrics that does not require the separation of the PVC from the polyester fabric, overcoming a major barrier to recycling.

Testing by the UNSW team indicated that waste PVC-coated banners could be used to fabricate strong and durable composite panels for multiple indoor and outdoor applications and the paper shows one example of final product.

Life cycle analysis, conducted as part of the research, showed that replacing virgin PVC by recycled PVC from banner emits 78% less greenhouse gas emissions (kg CO2 equivalent).

Access this paper through the online journal here.

Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, will be giving the opening address at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future, Australia’s premier vinyl conference to be held in Sydney from 14 to 15 March 2018.

Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia, high-level international speakers at the two-day event will explore the latest technical, market, innovation and sustainability trends impacting on Australasia’s PVC value chain.  

On March 14, Senator Carr will update around 130 delegates on the Labor Party’s future vision for supporting innovation and development within its manufacturing sectors.

Worth an estimated $3 billion, Australia’s growing PVC industry directly employs more than 2,500 people. While around 85% of PVC is used in building and infrastructure products, from pipes to windows, the polymer’s versatility extends to myriad applications such as telecommunications, mining, health, food and agriculture to consumer goods.

Development of the local manufacturing base, from the creation of new growth markets in building products to reprocessing and recycling of end of life products, has been underpinned largely by the Vinyl Council of Australia and its members over the last two decades.

Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan comments: “Here in Australia, we can demonstrate some world-leading examples of vinyl in areas ranging from healthcare to PVC pipe. Innovation in our sector has also seen great strides forward in areas such as wall construction systems, medical product recycling, 3D vinyl compounds and new recycling technology.

“We encourage and support policies that facilitate industry transition towards a resource efficient and circular economy, along with reducing the risk of non-conforming products being placed on the market.”

She adds: “Competition from non-conforming building products, such as cables, windows and plumbing, are significantly affecting our industry. So we would be interested to hear how the ALP plans to deliver frameworks that address this issue, as well as updates on its vision for the future of manufacturing and industry development in Australia.”

More information on the conference and its program can be found at vinyl.org.au/news/pvc-aus-2018

Monday, 19 February 2018 05:50

PVC AUS 2018

PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future

Presentations and papers given at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future, Sydney 13-15 March 2018.

 

SPEAKER ORGANISATION PRESENTATION
Eddie Kok IHS Chemical  A global outlook on PVC supply/demand – will supply get tighter in the next five years?
Arjen Svenster ECVM VinylPlus – the European voluntary commitment in the context of circular economy
Cristian Barcan Vinyl Institute Vinyl for a purpose-driven sustainable development – a US perspective
Terence Jeyaretnam EY Evolution of voluntary and regulatory Product Stewardship programs in Australia: Challenges, drivers and the future
Allan O’Connor Department of Defence Sustainable procurement in a large infrastructure program – a purchaser’s perspective on PVC
Darryl Stuckey Lendlease EPDs on the high rise: Supplier engagement and whole building LCA
David Baggs Global GreenTag The comparative life cycle evaluation of PVC vs other flooring

Stuart Douglas, Dennis Collins

innovyz / PVC Separation PVC Separation – a new chemical technology to separate PVC laminated materials
Neil Wilson Romar Engineering 3D printing and its aid to manufacturing
Berend Stel Rollepaal Developments in O-PVC extrusion technology
Dr Tracy Wakefield Plustec Avoiding the Venus flytrap of Australian windows
Nigel Jones Australian Vinyls New developments in performance and delivery of PVC for the Australian market
Rob Jagger Business Outcomes Group Identify and evaluate the best opportunities for business growth
Gerhard Hoffman Greiner Extrusion PVC Profiles – an expanding market opportunity
Dario Soncin Plasmec Latest Development in PVC mixing: (1) Mixing tools technologies and cooling efficiency
(2) Reducing the effects of humidity in the PVC dry-blend
Christian Birzer Krauss Maffei Plastic processing machinery – being prepared for the future
Dexter Chan, Alex Krassas Arkema / Rebain International The merits of pure acryllcs to replace CPE
Dane Tallen Baerlocher Calcium based solutions for injection moulding. Can one size really fit all?
Stephen Moore Townsend Solutions Global trends in PVC resin applications and additives usage
Ben Burden Employsure How to avoid employee Fair Work claims – unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment
Burak Dincel Dincel Construction Protecting and innovating our industry
Andrew Swan TechPlas Extrusions CASE STUDY: TechBoard – Analysing market entry and acceptance of an innovative product for a previously
unexplored market
Barbara Nebel thinkStep Without a seat, three legs alone make no stool
Michael Barnacoat ProGeneus CASE STUDY: Resysta – the irresistable product
Helen Millicer, Dr Mark Richardson Vinyl Council of Australia / Monash
University Department of Design
‘Wicked’ sustainable design – tackling end-of-life PVC
Sophi MacMiIlan, Laveen Dhillon Vinyl Council of Australia Vinyl: Shaping the future
Matthew Warren Australian Energy Council The future of energy in Australia
Geordan Murray Housing Industry Association Construction market outlook and emerging trends
Alex Stanley NAB Australian economic and financial outlook

More than 30 expert speakers from around the world will be sharing leading edge insight about the latest technical, market and sustainability trends in the vinyl industry at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future.

Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia, this two-day premier vinyl conference brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain in Sydney from 13 to 15 March 2018. Supporting the event are headline sponsors Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Berstorff from Munich, Germany and Italian machinery manufacturer PlasMec.

In his global outlook for PVC supply/demand, Eddie Kok, Senior Director at IHS Chemical will provide expert analysis on pricing, supply/demand dynamics and whether supply will tighten in the next five years.

Sustainability developments in the European PVC industry and how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment is supporting the Circular Economy objectives for PVC will be covered by Arjen Sevenster, Technical and Environmental Affairs Senior Manager at the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM).
He will also discuss the ‘legacy substances’ issue, the development of an effective recycling system and an ‘Additives Sustainability Footprint’ methodology to evaluate the use of PVC additives from a sustainable development perspective.

Delegates will be updated on the American vinyl industry’s ‘journey of continuous improvement’ by Cristian Barcan, VP Sustainability & Industry Affairs at The Vinyl Institute. In his ‘Vinyl for a Purpose-Driven Sustainable Development’ talk, he will highlight current initiatives including an industry-wide materiality assessment, and how vinyl products can play a major leadership role in contributing to sustainable development.

Technological advances in processing and machinery will be explored by representatives from the event’s sponsors - Gerhard Hoffman, of Greiner Extrusion, Dario Soncin of Plasmec and Christian Birzer of Krauss Maffei.

Topics in this session include an overview on expanding market opportunities for PVC windows, latest developments in PVC mixing and how machine and processing technologies can prepare plastics manufacturers for future challenges.

PVC’s versatility and sustainability in construction applications include Andrew Swann of Tech Plas Extrusions Pty Ltd introducing TechBoard, an innovative product for a previously unexplored market; while David Baggs of Global Green Tag Pty Ltd will offer a comparative life cycle evaluation of PVC versus other flooring materials.

Recycling is another key theme to be examined by several speakers such as Dennis Collins, an Australian inventor of new recycling technologies for challenging waste materials. Creative concepts and ‘Wicked’ sustainable designs for tackling end-of-life PVC will be presented by Helen Millicer, the Vinyl Council’s Recycling Projects Manager and Mark Richardson from Monash University.

Economic, financial and construction market outlooks from leading commentators will conclude the comprehensive program.

Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan comments: “Our second conference, PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future provides an unmatched opportunity for Council members and their stakeholders to learn about industry trends and developments specific to the manufacturing, use and re-use of vinyl.

“It’s the only event designed to shape the future of the vinyl industry in the region. We look forward to welcoming – and inspiring - you in Sydney!”

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:41

PVC AUS 18 conference app launched

The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched a new conference app for mobile and tablet devices to keep PVC AUS 2018 delegates and prospective attendees up to date with all the very latest information about their biennial event.

Available for both Android and Apple devices, the convenient conference tool is designed to deliver all of the latest news and updates in one place.

As well as being a useful on-the-day tool for the two-day conference in Sydney from 13 to 15 March 2018, the free app also includes all the key information needed ahead of the event, including the very latest program, speaker, sponsor and exhibitor information.

PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future is Australia’s premier vinyl conference. Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia, it brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain to meet, educate and innovate. In a packed program, more than 30 expert speakers from around the world will be sharing leading edge insight about the latest technical and market trends in the vinyl industry.

Commenting on the App, Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan says: “We recognise the advantages of having a custom mobile app that provides all the information you’ll need at your fingertips to enjoy the whole event.

“We will be keeping this current from now to the close of the conference, so stay in touch with all things PVC AUS 2018 by downloading the ‘pvc aus 18’ app to your mobile or tablet now.”

If you’ve still not registered for the event at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, you can book directly via the app, or here.

Significant economic trends and sustainability progress in the PVC value chain will be explored by a host of global experts at the two-day PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future, Australia’s premier vinyl conference, in Sydney next March.

Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia, the two-day event from 13 to 15 March will cover current and future issues influencing the PVC value chain, from additives, processing and technology to the material’s role in construction, industry and future sustainable development.

Supporting the event are headline sponsors Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Berstorff from Munich, Germany and Italian machinery manufacturer PlasMec.

Announcing the packed program, Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan says: “Places are filling up fast for the only conference that brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain to meet, educate and innovate as this sector moves towards greater sustainability. It promises to be a stimulating event for all involved in this global market.”

Australia’s PVC manufacturing industry consumes more than A$1 billion of raw materials and over A$3 billion of products containing PVC are sold in Australia. Top-level international speakers discussing topics related to this sector and worldwide will include government and industry leaders, technical experts and commercial representatives from Australia and overseas.

Expert speakers will include Eddie Kok, Senior Director at IHS Chemical whose global outlook for PVC supply/demand will provide an insight on pricing direction. Arjen Sevenster, Technical and Environmental Affairs Senior Manager at the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) will talk about how the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment supports the Circular Economy objectives for PVC and outline the forthcoming EU’s Plastic Strategy on plastic recycling and reuse.

Among the speakers on technological advances will be Nigel Jones, Technical Manager at Australian Vinyls outlining new developments in performance and delivery of PVC for that market, while Stuart Douglas of Innovyz and Dennis Collins at PVC Separation will explain a new fast and eco-friendly chemical technology to separate PVC laminated materials that provides an Australian solution to a challenging waste stream.

In the Trends in Additives session, Dane Tallen, Technical Sales Manager at Baerlocher UK Ltd, will update delegates on an innovative Ca-based solution that fits all PVC injection moulding requirements.

Recycling will be a theme pursued by several speakers such as Michael Barnacoat of ProGeneus, explaining how their innovative Resysta product can reduce building waste and pollution using rice husks and PVC. Following him, Helen Millicer, the Vinyl Council’s Recycling Projects Manager and Mark Richardson from Monash University will showcase sustainable and creative design concepts for tackling end-of-life PVC.

Sophi adds: “Our second conference provides a unique opportunity for Council members and their stakeholders to share knowledge and identify the challenges and drivers for the future. It’s a much-anticipated event and we look forward to welcoming you there!”

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