SAVA hosts successful Vinyls conference


PHOTO: A special ‘Innovation in Recycling’ trophy was awarded to Polyflor SA and Adcock Ingram Critical Care for their contributions to improving the recycling of PVC. Tandy Coleman of Polyflor SA received the award from Delanie


THE Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a successful Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton in June.  Delegates representing the leaders of the local PVC industry and interested parties attended the presentations by international and local 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’s 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.

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.

Another highlight of the conference was the SAVA Awards, presented to member companies which have demonstrated a commitment to SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) and in recognition of the fact that they have also proven to be 100% compliant with its key undertakings.

Recipients 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.

A special ‘Innovation in Recycling’ trophy was awarded to Adcock Ingram Critical Care and Polyflor SA for their individual contributions to improving the recycling of PVC.

  • The sponsors of VinylSA 2017 included Alpha Plast, Continental Compounders, DPI Plastics, Elco Plastics, Isegen and Sun Ace SA.