PVC AUS 2018 Conference -14th &15th March 2018 : Shaping the Future 

by PlastixANZ 

This year’s PVC AUS Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Vinyl Council of Australia and by any count, a great milestone after overcoming challenges like the introduction of the ‘Green Guidelines’ to ban PVC use during the Sydney Olympic games. The resilient of the Vinyl Council and the PVC industry is a testament to the hard work put in by Vinyl Council, headed by Sophi MacMillan and her team working closely with their members to drive towards sustainability and the notion of circular economy in the PVC industry. This event this year, we see more than 120 participants, a two-fold increase from the 2016’s conference, with 14 member sponsored stalls displaying their latest PVC products.

We were joined by Senator Kim Carr, the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, who did the honor of opening the session by addressing the need for our government to do more to ensure every industry puts public safety first before profit. He stated that over the recent years public safety concerns from some of our industries have been eroded with privatisation and deregulation.   A proper inspection body had to be in place to hold the parties involved accountable and allow Australian industries to have a fair competition in the local market.

Over the last 20 years, Vinyl Council of Australia has been stepping up to this challenge by advocating for environmentally responsible manufacturing, use and disposal of PVC products and improving the sustainability of the PVC industry. Like other Vinyl Councils in EU and USA, Vinyl Council of Australia has adopted a set of guiding principles under their PVC Steward Program to achieve these objectives.

The following are the program's principles;

  • Best practice manufacturing – limiting the residual vinyl chloride content of resins, reduce VCM manufacturing emissions, avoid mercury and adopt Environmental Management Systems by the members.
  • Safe and sustainable use of additives – phasing out the use of lead and cadmium.
  • Energy and greenhouse gas management – reduce greenhouse footprint by improving energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
  • Resource efficiency – recycling & waste management.
  • Transparency and engagement – public reporting through independent third-party verification.

The PVC market is going through a rebound in Australia. Current consumption of PVC  is around 210,000 tonnes, a level last seen in 2009. This resurgence is mainly due to the boom in our building industry. PVC pipes and fittings represent over 70% of our PVC usage. Promising innovations such as PVC form works, window and scaffolding are making a real impression in the construction industry. These high-quality products do not just meet our strict building codes, but they are made to be recycled back into the system to create a circular economy.

Over the coming weeks, our editorial team will bring you more exciting news from the conference. We will discover technological advances in processing and developments in vinyl and understand key market trends that impact the PVC market.


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