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Although we have seen a steady increment over the past five years, the uPVC window sector in Australia currently represents just 4-5 percent of the total window market here. Nevertheless, there is an expectation from most quarters of the industry that uPVC windows will become increasingly popular, just as they have in other major regions such as the US and Europe. During his recent visit to Austr...

Circular solutions for outdoor media

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The Vinyl Council of Australia and the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) are looking to create a more sustainable future for Australia's billboard industry by showcasing ways to recycle PVC billboard skins and convert them into useful products. At an event on 11 October 2016, hosted by the OMA in Sydney, participants will learn about the cooperative research work currently underway with industry an...
Vinyl Council member and PVC Stewardship Program signatory, Welvic Australia has been awarded funding from the Victorian Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant to invest in innovative technology to divert PVC from landfill. This matching funding will enable Welvic to expand and improve production to reprocess between 800-1000 tonnes of PVC a year. This will mean they will become one of ...
The VCA is thrilled to announce that the PVC in Hospitals Recycling Program - that started in Melbourne in 2009 and is now going global - has been judged a finalist in the 2016 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards.  This is great timing in the lead up to our open Forum on the program running on Tues 4 October.  Victorian partners in this world leading initiative, in addition to the...
50 million IV bags made from PVC are consumed every year in Australia. They serve an incredibly valuable service to thousands of people undergoing medical care and dialysis. And when they have been used, they should not go to waste. Such PVC medical products are recyclable and the material is a valued, quality recyclate by donwstream manufacturers. Today, following growth in a world-leading...

PVC a star in sports arenas

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Soccer is popular across the world, with prestigious tournaments like the European Cup 2016 viewed by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Now the Olympic Games are commencing. But greater than the games themselves are the stadia which host them. A stadium is then not just a venue but adds to the entire “brand-value” package of the city where it is located. It is little wonder ...
The Vinyl Council has updated its industry strategy aimed at facilitating growth in sustainable PVC recycling practices in Australia.  Developed through consultations with members, industry and government, and at the PVC ReSource Summit held in late 2015, the strategy will direct future actions of the Vinyl Council and the sector. PVC - the third most commonly used polymer in Australia - i...
RE-MAKE PVC BANNER REUSE: PARTICIPATORY DESIGN LAB Over 500 tonnes of advertising banners go to landfill each year. Combined with truck tarpaulins and other coated fabric, that’s over 6,000 tonnes wasted per year in Australia alone. Through our special national project we have had a breakthrough. We have discovered ways to granulate and reform the PVC and polyester fabric to make it useful for ...

Is Resilience the new Sustainability?

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There is no doubt that climate change, population growth, increasing urbanisation and globalisation are creating significant challenges for our built environment and the people who live in them. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, traffic congestion, pollution and urban sprawl are leading to disruptions, stress and at times, catastrophic events that cripple the functioning of our cities. ...
Australian manufacturer, Chemson Pacific has developed an innovative world first thermoplastic PVC formulation, designed specifically for the Advanced Manufacturing sector and associated 3D printing technologies. Until now, the industrial value of 3D printing has been constrained by the available selection of robust, cost-effective materials, limiting all but a select group of high-end platforms ...

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