FLTR: Ali Kalantari (Omya Idwala), Monique Holtzhausen (SAVA), Kyle Lovell (Arengo Plastics), Annabe Pretorius (Plastis SA), Jerrie Vermeulen (Sasol), Daniel Martinz (INEOS Inovyn), Wessel Oelofse (Mpact), David Mokomela (Sasol)
SOUTHERN AFRICAN VINYLS ASSOCIATION (SAVA) HOSTS SUCCESSFUL
"INNOVATION IN PVC" CONFERENCE
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The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) proudly celebrated a historic milestone as it hosted its inaugural "Innovation in PVC" conference on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at the distinguished Sasol's Head Office in Sandton, Gauteng. The event garnered significant attention and participation from industry leaders, experts, and stakeholders representing diverse sectors within the PVC industry.
A Remarkable Gathering of Industry Visionaries
The "Innovation in PVC" conference provided an exceptional platform for PVC professionals to converge and engage in thought-provoking discussions, explore innovations, and address sustainability concerns within the PVC sector. Notable highlights of the event included the participation of industry luminaries who shared their insights and expertise:
VP Base Chemicals at Sasol
Mr. Mokomela delivered the opening presentation, titled "Innovation within a South African chemicals construct." In his address, he provided a comprehensive overview of the current state of the PVC industry in South Africa. His insights shed light on the industry's growth, challenges, and opportunities.
Business Development Manager: Specialty Vinyls at INEOS Inovyn
Mr. Martinz delivered an inspiring presentation that spotlighted the latest and most innovative PVC applications recognised at the recent Inovyn Awards held in Brussels in October last year. He emphasised that sustainability is driving innovation within the vinyls industry. "Initiatives such as renewable energies, decarbonisation of processes, renewable feedstocks, and circularity are transforming the vinyls chain," he stated. He also shared the encouraging news that demand and innovation in the PVC sector have never been higher, with a remarkable 48% of all PVC patents issued in the last decade.
Business Unit Manager Polymers at INEOS Inovyn
Ms Jeschke introduced audience members to Biovyn - the world’s first commercially produced bio-sourced PVC using 100% renewable feedstock. With the launch of Biovyn in 2019, INEOS Inovyn became the world’s first commercial producer of bio-attributed PVC using a renewable supply chain fully certified by The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
Diverse Topics Explored
Throughout the day, the conference covered a broad spectrum of topics, reflecting the dynamic nature of the PVC industry. Discussions ranged 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.
Focus on PVC Recycling
In the second half of the conference, attention turned to the crucial topic of PVC recycling in South Africa. Local recyclers shared their 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 environmental impact.
Above: Recycling experts Annabe Pretorius (Plastics SA) and Anton Tjabring (Plasticomp cc)
Celebrating Innovation and Sustainability
The "Innovation in PVC" conference culminated in a high note as SAVA recognised and rewarded excellence in the industry. A cash prize of R25,000 was awarded to Michelle Mokone, a director at Mo's Crib, a South African-based eccentric home décor design company specializing in sustainable handmade décor items crafted from recycled PVC pipe. This acknowledgment highlighted the innovative and eco-conscious spirit that drives the PVC sector forward.
Exhibitors and sponsors add elements of excitement and fun
SAVA expresses its heartfelt thanks to sponsors Sasol, Alpha Plast, Continental Compounders, Elco Plastics, Isegen and Sun Ace SA for making the event possible. Thanks also goes to the exhibitors who helped to add excitement and donated prizes which were handed out during the lucky draw: Arengo Plastics, Drink Nil, Elco Plastics, E’yako Green, Isegen SA, Mpact Versapak, My Walk Made With Soul, Mo’s Crib, Omya Idwala, Plastics SA, Polyflor SA, Sappma, Sasol Polymers and Sheet Converters.
A Promising Future for PVC
Monique Holtzhausen, CEO of SAVA, expressed her delight at the conference's success, saying, "The 'Innovation in PVC' conference has set a new standard for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation within the PVC industry. SAVA is proud to have provided a platform for industry leaders to come together, discuss pressing issues, and showcase the remarkable advancements in PVC technology. 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.”
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The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is a leading industry association dedicated to advancing the responsible and sustainable use of vinyl and PVC in the Southern African region. SAVA is committed to promoting innovation, advocating for best practices, and fostering collaboration among industry stakeholders to drive positive change and sustainable development within the vinyls industry.