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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 ...
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...

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