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The globally reknowned, triennial UK PVC technical conference is preparing its 14th edition to take place on 20-23 April 2020 in Edinburgh and has called for abstracts.

The organising committee - volunteers from the global PVC community - are ready to receive offers of papers until the 1 June 2019.

PVC 2020 continues to build on its reputation as a world-leading conference series, delivering a comprehensive and varied programme of international speakers, high-quality papers and exceptional networking opportunities.

The exciting move of this conference from its historic Brighton base to Edinburgh heralds a new chapter for this respected series, which in 2017 attracted over 530 delegates spanning 42 countries across 6 continents. PVC2020 in Edinburgh is expected to be bigger and better than before.

The committee is looking for abstracts on the following topics:

  • Strategy/direction and global markets
  • The circular economy, sustainability, recovery and recycling
  • Machinery and processing technology
  • Lean manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • Additives - incorporating advances in modifiers, flame retardants, stabilisation, pigmentation and weathering.
  • Advances in recycling technology
  • Polymerisation, resin development and production
  • Plastisols and flexible PVC
  • Intellectual property strategy (patents and licensing)
  • Regulatory and environmental matters
  • Products and Applications – innovation with PVC including:
    • Plastisols and flexible PVC
    • Profiles/cellular and pipes/fittings

Abstracts (of up to 300 words) for consideration for the programme should be submitted online by 1 June 2019. Full details and online submission is available on the event website.

Companies with a more commercial story to tell can take advantage of the exhibition opportunities at the event. The exhibition floor plan has just been released.

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The Vinyl Council of Australia has added a new category – PVC Duct Systems – to its Best Environmental Practice PVC Product Register in response to the growth in the use of low-profile PVC ductwork systems.

The EcoDuct 300 Series is the first product in this category to carry the Vinyl Council’s Best Environmental Practice (BEP) PVC trade mark. This mark is awarded to independently assessed, Best Practice PVC-compliant products that meet stringent life cycle criteria, developed by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Incorporating up to 50% recycled PVC, the newly accredited EcoDuct is a low impact, fire retardant duct system that is specifically designed for high-rise apartment applications where limited ceiling spaces are common. It is also 100% recyclable at end of life.

The Vinyl Council’s BEP PVC Register covers a wide range of BEP-accredited construction products. PVC Duct Systems joins existing categories covering flooring, resilient wall coverings, pipes & fittings, conduit/fittings, fencing, cable and permanent formwork.

Manufacturers of products holding BEP PVC accreditation have undertaken the vigorous, third-party assessment process required to verify their minimal environmental impact. The Vinyl Council then vets the certificates and records the products, suppliers and certificate validity on an online register.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Sophi MacMillan says: “PVC is a versatile material that offers a cost-effective, durable and low maintenance solution for a wide range of construction products.

“Best Environmental Practice PVC accreditation is an established quality mark for PVC, or vinyl products that helps specifiers to choose sustainable products manufactured to the most stringent environmental criteria.

“In addition to being recognised in Green Star’s Responsible Building Materials credit, Best Practice PVC is a valuable aid for specifiers and anyone procuring PVC products; and the online register makes it simple to identify those items made to the highest sustainable standards.”

You can find out more at /in-greenstar/best-practice-pvc-product-register