Ninth International PVC Conference report

The Polymer Society
9 Aug 2005

The phenomenal contribution that the PVC Industry and its products make
to society was the focus of the PVC 2005 Conference in Brighton UK.
Around 500 delegates from the UK, mainland Europe, USA and the
Middle and Far East participated with the conference theme in this
regular triennial conference 'Adding Value to Society' being
continually reinforced.

Over seventy papers were delivered by experts from around the world in
a packed three days at the Brighton Metropole Hotel. Continuing the
popular format of previous years, parallel sessions on Day Two and
Three allowed delegates to choose the papers, products and topics most
relevant to them. The exhibition, arranged for companies with
particular interest in PVC matters to interface with the delegates, was
also well supported.

An excellent first day, which included a thought provoking opening from
Nancy Russotto, Executive Director of Plastics Europe, covered a
variety of perspectives on PVC's role as an innovative material in
modern society, including input from the multinational retail group
B&Q, and the European Commission. The progress made addressing
sustainable development together with analysis of the global PVC market
including the USA, China and South-East Asia also pointed to the
prospects for the material's future image and application around the

A full day session was devoted to PVC profiles covering market analysis
and end-user perspectives as well as the latest developments in
additives, mixing, and processing in the windows sector. Similar
sessions included pipes, additives, stabilisers, polymerisation, and
the flexible PVC market as well as a sustainability session devoted to
specific research and development in this area.

The conference was again organised by IOM Communications Ltd with the
very active participation and involvement of the PVC Committee, part of
the Plastics and Rubber Division of the Institute of Materials,
Minerals and Mining. The committee comprises of a cross-section of
differing expertise from PVC industry and academia and includes support
from the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Packaging and
Industrial Films Association (PIFA), and the European Council of Vinyl
Manufacturers (ECVM).

The quality of presentations was probably the best we have witnessed.
In addition the discussions during the Question and Answer sessions
were particularly spirited and relevant. Delegate feedback has also
been very positive.

We believe that the Conference continues to offer excellent value for
money by managing to retain its focus being organised by a committed
team of PVC based professionals for the PVC industry.

Hard copies of the Conference Papers are available at £100 each from Melanie Boyce, Conference Manager, IOM3.