The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has shown its commitment to sustainability with two key events recently. It proudly celebrated a historic milestone as it hosted its inaugural “Innovation in PVC” Conference in August 2023, and participated in the Clean-Up & Recycle SA Week in September 2023.

Conference discussions

The “Innovation in PVC” Conference provided a platform for PVC professionals, with discussions ranging from global trends in stabiliser systems for PVC to breakthroughs in sustainable extrusion of rigid PVC. The exchange of ideas and knowledge further solidified the industry’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements.

The crucial topic of PVC recycling in South Africa was also discussed, with local recyclers sharing success stories and innovative applications aimed at developing end markets for recycled PVC. These discussions underscored the growing importance of sustainability and circular economy principles in the PVC sector, aligning with global efforts to reduce the environmental impact.

Exhibitors and sponsors

Monique Holtzhausen, chief executive officer (CEO) of SAVA, expressed her delight at the conference’s success, saying: “With its emphasis on sustainability and innovation, the event has undoubtedly marked a watershed moment in the Southern African PVC industry and serves as a testament to the industry’s commitment to driving positive change, fostering innovation and embracing a sustainable future. We look forward to future events that will continue to drive progress and excellence in the Southern African PVC industry.”

SAVA expresses its heartfelt thanks to the sponsors, Sasol, Alpha Plast, Continental Compounders, Elco Plastics, Isegen and Sun Ace SA, for making the event possible.

Clean-Up & Recycle SA Week

This annual initiative brings together volunteers from around the country to act against litter and pollution. According to Holtzhausen, SAVA’s mission is to inspire individuals and organisations to act in preserving Southern Africa’s natural beauty for future generations. “We are committed to promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability within our industry and beyond; and seek to inspire good change and promote awareness about the need of environmental preservation through our active participation in this event.”

Neptun Boot and BBF Safety, two of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of PVC gumboots, donated much-needed footwear to help keep clean-up crews safe and dry, whilst SAVA donated T-shirts and encouraged member companies to volunteer their time and energy to participate in clean-ups around the country.

“As an industry we want to show our commitment to working towards a cleaner, healthier world.” – Monique Holtzhausen, CEO of SAVA

For more information,

contact the Southern African Vinyls Association:

Tel: +27 21 531 0313

Email: admin@savinyls.co.za

Website: www.savinyls.co.za

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