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The Vinyl Council of Australia has rescheduled its PVC AUS 2021: Shared Horizons biennial conference as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to October 5-7 2021 in the same location at the Hilton Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

Vinyl Council CEO Sophi MacMillan says that the decision to delay the event, originally scheduled for May 2020 and then postponed to March 2021, was taken due to understandable restrictions and concerns about travel and in the light of current government and health authorities’ advice.

Sophi says: “The reality is that travel and joining mass gatherings remains largely restricted because of COVID-19 and the situation is unlikely to be resolved by September. Although some events have moved to online delivery, a key purpose and attraction of PVC AUS conferences is the opportunity to connect in person with peers across the vinyl supply chain.

“This is why we have taken this strategic decision together with our major sponsors to postpone PVC AUS, an event that attracts at least 150 local and international people, to next year.”

Supporting PVC AUS: Shared Horizons as platinum sponsors are resin producer Formosa Plastics Corp, plastics extrusion technology leaders battenfeld-cincinnati, powder handling specialists Idealtec and Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH. Gold sponsors include Baerlocher, Chemson Pacific, Deceuninck, Polyflor and Sun Ace. The Opening Night is sponsored by ASC Group PT Asahimas Chemical and PrimaPlas.

Sophi adds: “We have an exciting program lined up that will explore how industry might collaborate to find solutions to PVC circularity, reinforcing the material’s role in a circular economy, as well as delving into issues and trends relevant to our industry, such as Building Code product conformance, certifications and Industry 4.0.

“In the coming months, we will continue to finalise a stimulating program within a safe environment for people to meet. Although it is disappointing to have had to postpone our event until 2021, we believe industry participants will welcome the chance to reconnect and network after a long period of travel and meeting restrictions.”

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 03:11

PVC AUS 2021 Speakers

Meet some of the local and international speakers joining PVC AUS 2021: Shared Horizons on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

5-7 October 2021.

Amy Costello, Sustainability Manager, Armstrong Flooring Inc

 Amy was brought into Armstrong Flooring, based in Philadelphia in the US to broaden the company’s sustainability strategies and initiatives. She works closely with technical, marketing, and sales on sustainability initiatives and serves as a liaison with all divisions to implement a unified global sustainability strategy. Amy is on the US Green Building Council board of directors’ advisory council. She chairs the USGBC indoor environmental quality technical advisory group and ASTM’s sustainable manufacturing subcommittee. A registered professional engineer, Amy received her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Andrew Petersen, CEO Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Andrew is respected as a thought leader and advisor on the business of sustainability.  For over 20 years, he has helped businesses understand and develop their capacity to respond to the reality that environmental and sustainability issues have moved from the fringes of the business world to the top of shareholders' agenda. His extensive experience includes identifying and managing environmental and sustainability risks and helping business to foresee and maximise the value of opportunities arising in the rapidly changing environment. Prior to taking up his role at the Business Council, Andrew held legal and advisory roles at PwC Legal and PwC Australia's Sustainability and Climate Change team, advising clients on emissions trading, environmental compliance frameworks, environmental markets, renewable energy project development and corporate social responsibility stakeholder engagement. Andrew has been an industry delegate to the Australian Government's representation at the UN Conference of Climate Change and is currently a Director of APCO.

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Jane Gardner, Managing Director, European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute

Prior to joining ERFMI in June 2019, Jane was Head of Consulting for Axion, a resource efficiency consultancy based in the UK, where she was involved in projects covering a number of different plastic products with a particular focus on collection and recycling. As well as setting up Recofloor, the national collection and recycling scheme for vinyl flooring, Jane managed Carpet Recycling UK and was the UK Regional Representative for Recovinyl, the pan-European PVC recycling scheme. ERFMI represents the interests of 16 manufacturers and distributors of resilient floor coverings across Europe. ERFMI has recently signed the Circular Plastics Alliance declaration, joining more than 100 partners across the plastics value chain who have made voluntary pledges to use or produce more recycled plastics.

Julie Toth, Chief Economist, Australian Industry Group

Julie heads the Ai Group’s economics team, which produces Ai Group’s highly regarded monthly ‘performance of industry’ surveys and economics research program. She has more than 25 years of experience in Australian economic policy and research, working across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Ai Group in 2012, Julie held senior economics roles with the ANZ Bank, the Productivity Commission, the Bureau of Immigration and Population Research and other Federal Government agencies. She has been an adjunct professor and an advisory board member to university economics faculties. Julie is currently a panel member of the Economics Society of Australia’s Expert Policy Group and the Melbourne Economic Forum, hosted by the University of Melbourne. Julie holds a Master of Industrial Relations and Labour Economics from Monash University and Bachelor degrees in Economics and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

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Katinka Day, No Plastics in Nature Policy Manager, WWF Australia

Katinka is a campaigner and policy specialist having achieved change on a broad range of issues. She leads WWF Australia’s work on plastics to achieve new laws, policies and innovations to reduce plastic pollution entering our oceans.  Her background in advocacy has focused on issues pertaining to conservation, food labelling and health and sustainability. In these areas, Katinka has achieved changes to federal and state-based laws and secured improved business practices from multinational corporations. Prior to working in the not-for-profit sector, Katinka worked for the Australian Trade Commission and Ernst & Young. She is currently completing her MBA at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Mark Everard

Mark has been a prominent figure in the world of sustainable development since the late 1970s, particularly in water management. In the late 1990s, the PVC industry was under intense NGO and media pressure. Mark using the Natural Step’s framework, undertook an objective, science-based review of the sustainability performance of the UK’s PVC value chain, whether it could be part of a sustainable future and the key challenges entailed in achieving such a goal. The five key sustainability challenges identified for PVC have been progressively taken up across the EU PVC sector and today, underpin the VinylPlus© voluntary commitment. More recently he has been involved in developing an Additive Sustainability Footprint tool.



Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan, Senior Manager - Green Star Solutions, Green Building Council of Australia

Nicole leads the Green Star Solutions team at the GBCA and is responsible for Green Star certification and technical development of the Green Star sustainability rating system for buildings, fit-outs and communities. With a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from UNSW and a background in manufacturing, engineering design and supply chains, Nicole has a particular interest in empowering the building products industry to be ready for the challenges of the future.

Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper, Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd (AMGC)

Paul was appointed to the AMGC Board in 2015 and is tasked with overseeing the implementation of AMGC’s strategy and its alignment with the Australian Government’s Growth Centre Initiative - the centrepiece of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. The Initiative enables national action on key issues by improving capabilities to engage with international markets and global supply chains, enhancing management and workforce skills, encouraging collaboration and the commercialisation of new products and identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden. Paul is owner and Executive Chair of Rinstrum, an industrial electronics manufacturing company and Deputy Chair of the Export Council of Australia Ltd. He holds a number of other directorships, is a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia.


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