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The sustainability of a product is more than just a question of what materials it does, or does not contain and nowhere is this more evident than in the complex world of healthcare design. Healthcare facilities have a complicated web of needs to be met in terms of staff, patients, visitors and investment stakeholders, which calls for building and fit-out products that provide high levels of perfo...

Investing in clean energy

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Eighty percent of the energy Vinyl Council member, Baxter Healthcare uses to manufacture life- saving medical products is clean energy. In April, Baxter switched on a new 500kW solar energy system at its Toongabbie manufacturing plant, NSW, to add to its tri-generation production bringing its total clean energy power to 11 MWh. Baxter has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions - by ab...

Join industry leaders at PVC AUS 2016

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The PVC value chain in Australia is undergoing major change with the recent closure of the country’s only vinyl resin manufacturing operation. At this critical time, the industry is providing an opportunity to bring the entire value chain together at its inaugural conference - PVC AUS 2016 - in Melbourne, 19-20 May to share information and provide education on market opportunities and developments...
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Watch how important plastics, especially PVC or vinyl, are to modern healthcare. PVC allows for manufacturing of affordable disposable medical devices, which meet all the technical requirements in medical regulations around the world. The Curious Patient: PVC in Healthcare Before PVC, medical devices were much more expensive, caused cross-contamination due to multiple use and painful for patie...
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An Australian Industry Code of Practice (ICP) and accreditation scheme for uPVC (vinyl) profiles to be used in windows and doors has been released. uPVC (unplasticised PVC) windows are known around the world for being durable, low maintenance, thermally efficient products. However, one of the most common queries from specifiers, builders and consumers about uPVC windows in Australia is whether th...

New future for advertising banners in Australia

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The NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman has just awarded funding to the Vinyl Council of Australia for a landmark project with the advertising industry for trials to recycle PVC coated banners into new products. Currently over 1,200,000 m2 (500 tonnes) of advertising banners (billboard skins) go to landfills around Australia every year at a significant cost to business and a waste of durab...
The NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman has just awarded funding to a collaboration organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia for a landmark project to improve recycling solutions for commercial vinyl flooring. Currently it is estimated that 4,500 tonnes of commercial vinyl flooring ends up in NSW landfills each year, with an estimated 13,500 to 15,000 tonnes Australia-wide. These figure...
European industry association, PVC4Pipes has opened a public archive of more than 250 technical papers that were delivered during successive International Plastic Pipe Conferences over the last 45 years. Over a million words of technical and commercial importance to the PVC industry, specifiers and users of PVC pipe systems can now be scanned, sorted and shared for content. All papers posted to t...
It was good news to read recently that a local carpet tile manufacturer has taken the opportunity in building a new factory to provide space for recycling their product, including the PVC component, at end of life. The company is reportedly investing $1.4 million in research and development to reprocess old carpet domestically - an encouraging signal that, with the latest technologies, the recycli...
The SURE HOUSE, a model home for sustainable, resilient housing in coastal communities, recently won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon. The winning design was built around three core principles: energy efficiency; fully solar powered; and a resilient energy hub. PVC is used extensively throughout the design, in recognition of its durability, versatility, energy efficiency, and ...

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