The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton recently.
Delegates representing the leaders of the local PVC industry, the media and other interested parties attended presentations by international and local experts.
Issues relating to the manufacture, use and recycling of PVC were among the topics discussed.
‘Like any other industry, vinyls face 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,’ says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA.
She adds that the timing of this year’s event was critical and well attended.
Delegates and attendees
The conference was the second international conference hosted. It has been built on the success of the first event, which took place in 2014. Global speakers who presented papers and answered questions raised by delegates included Peter Willis, the owner of ‘Conversations that Count. He also delivered the keynote address.
Ian Lilja of the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) delivered an update on the VCA’s Product Stewardship Programme. Dr Brigitte Dero, the GM of the European Council for Vinyl Manufacturers and VinylsPlus provided an expert overview of the European Regulatory and policy context.
The award ceremony
A highlight of the event was the SAVA Awards. It recognises member companies that demonstrate a commitment to SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) and have proven to be 100 percent compliant with all of its key undertakings. H3
Bezuidenhout says the PSC is a series of achievable commitments addressing the industry’s extended producer responsibility and supporting key focus areas of the association.
‘It is, therefore, a great honour for us to publically thank and recognise those industry champions passionate about guiding the PVC industry to achieve the goals we have set in terms of sustainability.’
Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Chembridge Additives, Cibapac Continental Compounders and Mpact Limited were among the companies awarded.
A special ‘innovation in recycling trophy’ was presented. Adcock Ingram Critical Care was one of the recipients who received the special trophy for its individual contribution to improving the recycling of PVC.
‘The main criteria for this award was that 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,’ Bezuidenhout says.