The BPF Vinyl’s Group represents the UK PVC industry to Government, customers and media.
PVC faces specific issues in the market place and so representatives from forward-thinking PVC producers, converters, additives suppliers and recyclers work together within this Group on a focussed programme of activity.
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Consumption of PVC and Vinyl products is approximately 33.6m tonnes world wide, with a wide variety of applications; from packaging to construction, flooring and medical products such as life saving blood-bags. Rigid products i.e. window profiles and pipes, make up more than half of the market in Western Europe.
The Group's activities are managed by the Vinyl’s Group Steering Committee chaired by Roger Mottram of INEOS ChlorVinyls.
The Vinyls Group work to promote the positive contribution PVC can make to everday life through communications programmes including public relations campaigns and through the production of promotional resources.
Day-to-day management of the PVC issues are managed by the BPF team and vital intelligence on the current state of regulation, political discussions including those in the UK Government and the European Commission, and swift responses to misinformation in the public domain, are all distributed to Vinyls Group sponsor companies.
||Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), is a major plastics material which finds widespread use in transport, packaging, electrical, healthcare and coated fabrics applications, such as wall paper. Countless applications which help to improve the quality of people's lives worldwide rely on PVC to offer a sustainable and cost-effective solution.
Indeed, the number of socio-economic benefits of PVC products are colossal, ranging from packaging to floorcoverings and toys to window profiles. PVC is extensively used in water distribution and sewage management systems across the globe, a vital contribution to hygiene and civil society achieved at a sustainable cost. PVC products are also saving lives, in blood bags and surgical tubing, vital parts of modern everyday healthcare, and applications which thrive on PVC's unique technical properties.
PVC is typical in the kinds of world-enhancing solutions that all plastics are providing people with everyday. Whether it's a 100% recyclable resource-efficient sandwich-box lowering the burden of packaging waste, or whether it's non-kink surgical tubing saving someone's life, everywhere, everyday, PVC is meeting human needs.
Despite over 50 years of PVC solutions transforming civilised society and boosting developing countries, the material has been the subject of unfair criticism on the basis of an allegation that its environmental impact is problematic and that its characteristics represent a health and safety problem.
The campaign against PVC is embedded in an equally unjustified campaign against the commercial production of chlorine. As almost a third of all global chlorine production goes into the manufacture of PVC, the industry has become an obvious target for those seeking the sunsetting of industrial chlorine production. Chlorine, let us not forget, is an important materal in its own right - not only does it contribute to the production of PVC, but is used to produce a variety of other products. Did you know that 85% of medicines, including life saving drugs, are made using chlorine
PVC, the environment and Industry Voluntary Commitments
The Vinyl 2010 Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development was signed on the 7th March 2000, bringing together the European PVC industry supply chain to speak with one, united voice, whilst also developing key relations with descision makers within Government. Over ten years the European PVC Industry made exceptional progress in waste management, recycling and the responsible use of additives.
Recycling is a key theme for both the European and UK PVC industry. Under Vinyl 2010, and now VinylPlus the Recovinyl scheme was set-up to facilitate the increased need for recycling of post-consumer PVC recycling, across Europe. The UK has been one of the lead recyclers of the scheme since its inception and recycled a record 49,343 tonnes of PVC in 2010. This however excludes regulated waste streams.
The European PVC industry continues to work hard on Sustainable Development and is also recognised as a partner of the UN Partnership for Sustainable Development.
European associations and signatories of the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment:
|Altro Floors||Baerlocher UK||Berwin Group||BIPEA|
|Chemson||Dugdale Plc||Exxon Mobil Chemical||Hepworth Building Products|
|Ineos ChlorVinyls||Marley Plumbing and Drainage||Polyflor||Polypipe|
|Renolit Cramlington||DOW Rohm & Haas||Solvay Polymers||Tarkett|
|UKRFA||Vinnolit||Wavin||BPF Windows Group|
|Plastics Pipes Group|