IAPD Honours Nick Kraguljac, Zell-Metall GmbH with the 2014 Paul Davis Award of Merit

Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of plastic stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings, has named Nick Kraguljac as its 2014 Paul Davis Award of Merit recipient.
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PLAST 2015

PLAST 2015, the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry, takeS place on 5-9 May 2015 at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho, during the EXPO 2015 inaugural week.

Thanks to the confirmed participation of some of the most important international companies operating in the sector and to the many expressions of interest, PLAST 2015 (5-9 May 2015 – Fiera Milano Rho) will feature the debut of 3D PLAST, a broad exhibition area dedicated to additive manufacturing, fast prototyping, design software, 3D printing and related technology.
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PVC4 Pipes & 25 Years of Recycling

As many as eighteen papers (see list below) dealing with the commercial and technical aspects of PVC pipe systems were delivered at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and exhibition in Chicago. Subject matter varied from the molecular to the ‘spectacular’ with in-depth analysis of PVC raw material and additives, breakthroughs in pipe design and installation methods, upward market trends for PVC-O pipe systems as well as recent findings in the sustainable nature of PVC pipe materials compared to non-plastic pipe systems. Furthermore, the Chicago conference marked the 25th anniversary of recycling PVC pipes and fittings.
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Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 International Conference

Everyone is doing it – looking for better materials to become more sustainable. It is good for the environment and it is also good for the brands as consumers want to contribute to a better world. So how far has the renewable sourcing revolution gone for the plastics and elastomer industries? Professor Endres of the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites will outline the markets and the latest developments at the next international conference on Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 organised by AMI and taking place from 18-19 March 2015 in Cologne, Germany. Asia will be represented by Samsung Fine Chemicals – Dr Hwang will give an overview of the bio-based plastics markets and the future potential in that region.
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The EORTC Charitable Trust

The EORTC Charitable Trust and EORTC thank the members of the EPDA for the generous donation of €4,080, raised at the gala charity auction dinner in Malmo.  Click here to read the letter of thanks.


EPDA Honours the International Association of Plastics Distribution Staff

EPDA_awardThe European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) recently honoured the staff of the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), which had been managing EPDA under IAPD’s subsidiary, Association Services International (ASI). During the opening general session of the 58th Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo in Chicago, IL, USA on 29 October 2014, EPDA President David Ladyman of Vink Holdings Ltd. and Board Members Lari Hahtonen of Aikolon Oy and Stefan Willing of Quadrant EEP Deutschland GmbH presented IAPD CEO and ASI President Susan E. Avery, CAE, with an award and thanked Avery and her staff for their more than ten years of management of EPDA. According to Ladyman, “We genuinely appreciate all the hard work over the past decade from entire team at ASI, and are pleased to be able to mark the occasion with this small token of appreciation.”
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Nylacast Limited Receives British Engineering Excellence Award

Nylacast double shortlisted for Materials Application of the Year 2014Nylacast Limited is ecstatic to have been announced as a winner of the Materials Application of the Year category at the prestigious 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards, attended by some of the most successful British companies on the global circuit.

As a UK manufacturer, winning the esteemed award reinforces the commitment and passion Nylacast Limited have for their people and polymers. Headquartered in Leicester, UK for over four decades, with over 78 per cent of their business being exported worldwide, Nylacast Limited was the only company to have been shortlisted twice for the Materials Application of the Year category, which received hundreds of applications from engineering firms across the UK.

Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs which took place on Thursday, 9 October 2014 in Central London was presented by popular ‘Tomorrows World’ TV show presenter Maggie Philbin. The BEEAs aim to promote the quality of engineering design within the UK and celebrate the British companies that are competing on a global stage and holding their own. Receiving this award verifies Nylacast’s strong emphasis on product quality as a UK manufacturer, customer service and competitive capabilities which ensures the company is regarded as a world leader in this industry.

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Global PVC Compounding Technology

What’s new in PVC? The past year has seen multiple changes in the global PVC business with sales, mergers and acquisitions of many major vinyl players in Europe, a new PVC plant opening in Russia and new growth in the Americas and China. Brigitte Dero of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) will outline developments in Europe including the successes of the industry sustainability initiatives at AMI’s next international conference on PVC Formulation 2015, which takes place from 16-18 March 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Africa is regarded as having massive potential for growth and trends in the South African PVC compounding industry will be outlined by Dr Claus Maurer of CBI Electric Aberdare ATC Telecom Cables.

From the resin producers, ShinEtsu has new speciality PVC grades for the European markets, which are tightly controlled – Ineos Chlorvinyls will outline the latest developments in the REACH regulations affecting the industry. CEFIC ECPI will talk about the safe and sustainable use of plasticisers and BASF will review the use of plasticisers in medical devices, as the healthcare industry continues to debate the use of PVC.

Flame retardancy is a primary property requirement for rigid construction applications such as pipes and profiles and the EUPC has a group working on this subject: Nabaltec and Deflamo are two key suppliers of fire retardants.

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Double Digit Growth Expected in Global Plastic Pipe Market

Four major factors will lead to double digit growth in the global demand for plastic pipe systems over the next ten years. Speaking at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII conference and exhibition in Chicago, Stephen Boros the chairman of the event’s organizing committee identified these developments that are changing the world outlook for his industry.

“The development of the shale oil and gas industry, regional market expansion, innovation and awareness in the field of Life Cycle Assessment are now favorably influencing the scale and scope of the industry’s future,” he stated.

Stephen Boros who is also VP Engineering for Pipelines Plastics, LLC explained that plastic pipe systems continue to gain market share through supplanting competing pipe materials such as copper, concrete and steel due to easy and low cost installation as well as long term performance. “In North America, these inherent advantages are now further supported by the development of the shale oil and gas industry. This development not only benefits the energy market but also represents a more secure long-term supply and cost advantage from a power costs to raw materials stand point. Technology transfer will undoubtedly propel the growth of demand for plastic pipe systems in other world markets.”

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Building Materials: Top Score for PVC Pipe Systems

PROF MICHIEL HAAS“For building purposes, those PVC pipe systems that are made with a component of recycled material are more likely to have the lowest environmental impact in terms of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).” This according to Professor Michiel Haas who is an expert on building materials and founder of NIBE, the Dutch technical institute for environmental impact of building materials.

Seven years ago, the NIBE launched its system that undertakes rigorous environmental (LCA) assessments of a wide variety of building materials used in the Netherlands. If the building material meets a challenging threshold in terms of 17 LCA criteria, it is awarded a quality label (DUBOkeur). Over 500 types of building products have already been assessed.

Category one for all PVC pipe systems

“When it comes to building materials and their sustainability, PVC pipe systems have a lot going for them,” explains Professor Haas. “So far, we have assessed rainwater downpipes, gutters and sewer pipes within the building environment. All PVC pipe systems within these applications have been rated category ‘one’ – out of a range of one to seven. Category seven would be absolutely unacceptable and include for example, ‘wild cut’ tropical woods.”

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