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Imaginative end product concepts for using waste PVC advertising banners have been displayed at Waste Expo Australia, a business-to-business exhibition for waste, recycling and sustainability in Australia. Roof shingles, pallet slip sheets, floor tiles and a design for a water storage/seat for garden drip irrigation were among the inspirational ideas presented by Monash University at the event, h...
Registration is open for PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future - Australia’s premier vinyl conference organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia - and it’s already proving a big hit with sponsorship sold out in just 48 hours. A host of top-level international speakers have been lined up, alongside headline sponsors Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH, Krauss-Maffei Berstorff from Munich, Germany and...
Chemson Pacific Pty Ltd, a Vinyl Council of Australia member, demonstrated a world-first for 3DVinyl™ material by 3D-printing a giant flower vase using a pellet-fed 3D-printer designed by Titan Robotics USA. Titan Robotics had joined Chemson representatives at Rapid 3D, a 3D-printing exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA where it took three hours to print the 14kg vase. It’s a first for 3DVinyl™ in that ...

Council welcomes new members

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The Vinyl Council is delighted to welcome a number of companies who have recently joined as members. These include: Cryo Grind, a long-standing processor, recycler, compounder and granulator for flexible and rigid PVC for raw materials. Ecovue, a company started in 2009 based in Sydney supplying double glazed window and door systems to the Australian market. Premier Extrusion, a Victorian bas...
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At the Vinyl Council, we believe it is how a material is managed and used throughout its life cycle which determines its contribution to a more sustainable society and economy. To guide and support companies in the PVC value chain in Australia, industry and stakeholders developed the PVC Stewardship Program as an on-going, long-term, voluntary undertaking by the industry to address progressively e...
Nine companies in Australia’s PVC supply chain have been recognised for their excellence in product stewardship in 2016. Of 44 Signatory companies to the industry’s PVC Stewardship Program, these nine achieved full compliance with all relevant commitments in the Program, including •    Best Practice Manufacturing, •    Safe and Sustainable Use of Additives, • &n...
Take a high-profile role at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future - the only conference that brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain to meet, educate, innovate. Building on the success of our first conference held in 2016, PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future will take place in Sydney next March 13-15, bringing together the vinyl value chain for the Australasian region. Over A$1 billion of raw mat...
The presence of plastic pipe is ubiquitous, but some might say its profile is low simply because plastic pipe is often out of sight, below ground or behind walls. Yet plastic pipe connects Australia. It plays an essential and integral role in Australia’s built environment, the nation’s infrastructure, electricity transmission, agricultural irrigation, stock and domestic water supply and the minin...
At the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation's Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference on 28 April, the world-reknown Australian horticulturalist, Jamie Durie OAM met with representatives of the PVC Recycling in Hospitals program. On learning about what happens to medical waste, Jamie, a vocal environmentalist, enthusiastically lent his support to encourage more hospitals to join...
Over the past five years or so, some 95 healthcare facilities across Australia and New Zealand have started to recycle PVC medical products and other recyclables used in the delivery of healthcare services. The PVC Recycling in Hospitals program has been something of a world first – now being adopted in the UK, North America and South Africa - driven by passionate medical staff concerned by the gr...

We live in a chlorine economy

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We live in a chlorine economy. And, no, it’s not all about vinyl. Yes, vinyl is composed of two simple building blocks – one of which is chlorine (the other is ethylene, from natural gas). But chlorine, which is based on simple salt, is used in a very wide range of products far beyond those made of vinyl. Chlorine is a key building block in everything from automotive components to firefighters’ ...
For several months, a dedicated team led by the Vinyl Council has been making progress with the challenges of recycling advertising billboard skins. The team has achieved critical breakthrough results, some world ‘firsts’ and gained positive support from industry. Currently over 1,200,000 m2 (500 tonnes) of advertising billboard skins go to landfills around Australia every year at a significant c...
A May 2016 report from the World Economic Forum titled Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology highlighted the “moral obligation” of the engineering and construction industry to lift its game in terms of productivity and efficiency. With aging infrastructure in developed countries and the needs of a rapidly growing urban population in developing regions, combi...
Vinyl Council of Australia member, Chemson Pacific Pty Ltd has taken home the 2016 INOVYN Gold Award for Innovation with Vinyls for its project to formulate and engineer 3-D vinyl to be used as a cost effective and sustainable raw material in 3-D printing. Chemson's project was researched and conducted in Australia and launched at our conference, PVC AUS 2016, in May. 3-D VinylTM compound has glo...
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 ...