PVC 99

April 20, 1999

More than 600 delegates from the PVC industry are meeting at the international PVC 99 conference in Brighton, UK this week. Speakers from 20 countries will be presenting more than 60 papers on the latest research on the material and the future of the industry.

Key papers on the opening day of the conference have included:

Plasticisers -- An Environmental Update - David Cadogan (ECPI)
New studies on the health effects of some of the plasticisers used in the PVC industry are providing strong evidence that phthalates have little or no effect on the health of humans.

PVC in Europe: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - David Rolph (EVC)
Innovation will provide the future growth for the PVC industry in the developed world. The development of ethane to VCM (vinyl chloride monomer) technology holds out the promise of another step change in the PVC experience curve reinforcing its cost effectiveness.

Industry -- A Most Important Teaching Resource - Miranda Stephenson (CIEC)
The PVC community is in a strong position to improve the industry's image by offering itself as a further resource for science education in schools and colleges.

PVC Drains and Sewers - Frank Jones (Director, BPF Pipes Group)
Many of the challenges facing the PVC drains and sewers industry have been perceived rather than real, but it is often these that are the hardest to overcome.

Global View of Plastics Machinery - Wolfgang Studener (Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik)
The demand for the specialist machinery and feedstock used by the PVC industry is set for global growth, thanks to the expansion of new markets for the material.

Selling the Truth - John Svalander (Director, European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers)
The PVC industry must place more emphasis on selling itself in order to satisfy customer demands and improve the public and political image of the material.

Over the three day conference, speakers from 20 countries will be presenting more than sixty papers on subjects vital to the PVC industry.
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Notes
  1. The PVC 99 conference is due to be held from 20 - 22 April 1999 at the Stakis Metropole Hotel in Brighton, UK.
  2. The event is organised by IoM Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Institute of Materials and is co-sponsored by the British Plastics Federation (BPF).
  3. The views expressed in these papers are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers, the PVC 99 organising committee, IoM Communications or those of any other organisation with which they are associated.




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