In June, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a successful Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton. Leaders in the local PVC industry, members of the media and other interested parties attended presentations on issues relating to the manufacture, use and recycling of PVC by industry experts.

Global speakers who presented papers and answered questions raised by delegates included Peter Willis, owner of “Conversations that Count”, who delivered the keynote address; Ian Lilja of the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA), who delivered an update on the VCA Product Stewardship Programme and Dr Brigitte Dero, General Manager of the European Council for Vinyl Manufacturers and VinylsPlus, who provided an expert overview of the European Regulatory and Policy Context. From South Africa, local experts such as Gerhard Kuhn, Senior Economist at the IDC; Renier Snyman of DPI Plastics; Tandy Coleman of Polyflor SA and Mike Smart of Genesis Consulting, provided insights into local challenges, opportunities and developments impacting the PVC industry.

Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA, said that vinyls, like any other industry, is facing various challenges that it needs to address from an environmental, health and business point of view in an ever-evolving arena.

“We are taking our responsibility towards sustainability seriously and are constantly reviewing our Product Stewardship Commitment to ensure that we stay abreast of developments. We are proud of the progress our industry has made! The timing of this year’s event was therefore critical and we are grateful that it was so well attended,” said Delanie.

At the annual awards ceremony, member companies received certificates in recognition of their support of SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC). These companies included Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Alpha Plast, Belgotex Floors, Chemsystems, Chembridge Additives, Cibapac, Continental Compounders, DPI Plastics, Floorworx SA, Isegen SA, Marley Pipe Systems, Mpact Limited, NCP Chlorchem, Plastichem, Polyflor SA, SASOL Polymers and SunAce South Africa.

Adcock Ingram Critical Care and Polyflor SA received a special “Innovation in Recycling” trophy for their individual contributions to improving the recycling of PVC.

“The main criterion for this award was that the recipients had to present a recycling initiative that has not been introduced to the South African market before, but will in the long run contribute greatly to an increase in the recycling of post-consumer PVC waste. To this end, both Adcock Ingram and Polyflor SA stood out with the innovative work they are doing in the recycling of non-hazardous PVC products in hospitals and healthcare centres, and the recycling of vinyl floor offcuts respectively,” commented Delanie.

For more information, contact SA Vinyls on Tel: 082 444 6866 or via www.savinyls.co.za.