As part of their commitment to the environment and community the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) recently donated an imported beach wheelchair, made from PVC pipes, to Cross Home Care based in the Gansbaai area, Western Cape. According to Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA, the wheelchair was imported from the USA and is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is made of medical grade PVC, has non-corrosive plastic bearings and high flotation heavy duty wheels, which allows the physically disabled to access the water and provides better mobility over unpaved areas. “Physically disabled people find it quite challenging to move around on the beach – never mind reaching the water. They are usually confined to the paved areas around the beach. This PVC beach wheelchair has the ability to take them all the way to the breakwater and makes it possible for them to spend a day on the beach with friends and family,” Delanie says. The balloon flotation tyres allow for stability and easy rolling. Because it is made with a high-quality UV protected PVC frame, it can even be taken right into the salty sea water. It won’t chip, peel, rust, fade or discolour and can carry a weight of 115kg. The PVC beach wheelchair was handed over to Sister Tertia Scholtz who owns Overberg based Cross Home Care, runs various community projects and offers free emergency assistance to both residents and visitors to the Pearly Beach Resort. Commenting on what the donation will mean for the local community, Sister Scholtz said: “We have many community members who are wheelchair bound. Thanks to this novel beach wheelchair, we will now be able to allow them to experience the joy of experiencing the beach and the ocean. The use of the PVC beach wheelchair will be free of charge and we would like to invite anyone who is interested in using the beach wheelchair to contact me and book the PVC beach wheelchair for themselves or a loved one, for their next beach adventure”. “PVC . . .
South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) is inviting entries to this year’s Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards. SAPRO is proud to announce the sixth prestigious competition, with the aim of acknowledging the wide variety of products that are locally manufactured using recycled materials. History of the competition The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards were held for the first time in 2010 and has been dubbed “The Oscars of the plastics recycling industry”. Each year the competition grows both in the number of entries and in the variety of different products being submitted. This biennial competition, hosted in cooperation with Plastics|SA, showcases the tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity our local product designers have, and aims to encourage brand owners to seriously consider recycled plastics as a material of choice. Whether they are designing packaging or pallets, shoes or shopping bags, this competition has demonstrated that there is no limitation to where and how recycled plastics can be used. Previous overall winners include the City of Cape Town and MPACT Plastic Containers with their Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin (2015), Unilever with their Sunlight Dishwashing bottle (2013), Lasher Tools with their Eco-Wheelbarrow (2012), Woolworths and Polypet with their 1.5 litre juice bottle (2011) and Tufflex Materials with their innovative railway sleeper made from mixed materials (2010). Winners of this year’s competition will be announced at a gala dinner in Gauteng during Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week (11-17 September 2017). Product categories and judging criteria In order to encourage even greater participation and entries by local converters and innovators, this year’s competition will have the following five distinct product categories: Products made from 100% post-consumer recyclate Products containing a percentage post-consumer recyclate Products made from recycled mixed materials Novel and . . .
More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA). This year’s event will be unlike any other event the association has ever hosted and promises to be an unforgettable experience. “We are extremely privileged to be hosting our conference this year in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA). It will be a two-day event taking place on the 4th and 5th of September 2017 at Emperor’s Palace Convention Centre, conveniently located close to the OR Tambo Airport in Gauteng. In addition to the line-up of top national and international speakers we would normally have at our conference, this year’s PIPES XI also see at least 10 of the best papers which were presented at PIPES XVIII in Berlin last year, delivered to our local audience,” says Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA. Every two years, the PPCA plays host to the world’s biggest international pipe conference which takes place either in Europe or the USA. Venter explains that it is the first time in history that their spin-off conference, which is organised every alternate year, will be coming to South Africa. “The excitement over the event is tremendous. We have already sold an impressive amount of tickets and are hoping to have more than 300 delegates attending both days,” Venter says. As an added incentive, SAPPMA is offering an early bird booking discount of 10 % for all bookings and payments made online (www.pipesxiconference.co.za) before the 31st of May 2017. Topics that will be covered at this year’s event are varied, ranging from raw materials and additives to the life cycle and material design of plastic pipes. Installations, applications and rehabilitations as well as standards, testing and certification, and various case studies will also be . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has welcomed Plastichem (Pty) Ltd as the latest PVC role player to join the association. Gauteng-based Plastichem acts as agent, distributor and specialist value added service provider of raw materials in the plastic and rubber industries and was acquired by Brenntag in December 2015, following the signing of a sales purchase agreement. “Our product portfolio has expanded and now includes product offerings into the PVC market. To this end, we felt it was important to become a member of SAVA in order to gain more insight into this market and contribute to the objectives outlined by its Product Stewardship Commitment,” says Dean Delaporte, Business Unit Manager for Plastichem. Delaporte says that they became acquainted with SAVA and the work the association does during the course of their active involvement in the plastics and rubber industry over the past 16 years. “Belonging to SAVA offers us valuable networking opportunities with fellow leaders and role players in the local PVC industry, and provides us with a platform for sharing ideas and gaining access to information that will enable us to stay on top of developments impacting our industry. I believe SAVA provides us with the opportunity to become an even more active player within the market,” Delaporte said. “We are thrilled that Plastichem has decided to join SAVA. We have seen exciting growth in our membership over recent months and are grateful for the trust the leading suppliers and manufacturers of PVC products are placing in us. By giving us their vote of confidence, they are mandating SAVA to act on their behalf and strengthening our voice and our influence as we actively strive to create consumer confidence within the industry as well as develop and sustain markets for PVC,” concluded Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Polyflor SA is proud to welcome Sipho Zwane as a new sales consultant based at its Gauteng head office. Zwane grew up in Orlando West, Soweto and attended both his primary and secondary school in Eldorado Park. He completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at CIDA City Campus, majoring in Marketing Strategy and Human Resources. “I have a vibrant personality and enjoy rewarding challenges. I’m like a seed that grows remarkably well in the right soil. For this reason, I’m very excited about my new position, the new environment and the new team. There is a positive and vibrant energy at Polyflor, and it is great to be part of a group of flooring specialists that share the same values regarding customer service and excellence”, Sipho divulged. Prior to joining the Polyflor team, Sipho was employed as a sales consultant for Barloworld Equipment in Polokwane. In his new position, Sipho says he will be responsible for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with clients in order to achieve and exceed targets - for both Polyflor and the client. Contact details for Sipho Zwane: Email: Sipho@polyflor.co.za Landline: 011 609 3500 Cell no: 0828874667 Web address: www.polyflor.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The newly formed Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) tasked specifically with looking after the interests and recycling of steel, tin plate and aluminium packaging, MetPac-SA, says metal packaging is arguably one of the most reliable and versatile types of packaging used in South Africa and the world today. Multiple benefits “Metal packaging comes in a wide range of sizes – from a small can for tomato concentrate, to a steel drum for bulk tomato transport, and everything in-between. Despite holding a relatively small share of the total packaging market, factors such as innovation, new introductions and significant promotional activity are driving the ever-increasing demand for cans,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of MetPac-SA. Bezuidenhout advocates that metal and aluminium cans are becoming increasingly popular as a packaging option, owing to the multitude of sizes, shapes and printing designs can be manufactured to individual customer requirements. “Innovation sells packaging and packaging sells products. The lightness of aluminium packaging helps to save resources during filling, product transportation, storage and the transportation of scrap at the end of a product’s life. Thanks to its unique attributes, cans act as food warehouses that have unrivaled shelf lives. They are able to protect their contents over many months, with no refrigeration, and therefore helps to save food, energy and prevent wastage. Furthermore, metal and aluminium cans are unbreakable, impact-resistant and puncture-resistant and able to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure,” she says. Growing market share “Although the market share for metal packaging has traditionally been relatively small (216.8 tonnes of 3 490.1 tonnes, according to the latest stats available to Packaging SA) we believe it is poised for growth as South Africans are increasingly choosing cans as the packaging material of choice when it comes to both their drinking, food and general . . .
Polyflor SA has recycled more than 4 tonnes of vinyl floor off-cuts since it launched the initiative at the end of last year, thereby allowing the local PVC industry to move forward with its sustainability goals as set out in SAVA’s (Southern African Vinyls Association) Product Stewardship Commitment. According to Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA, the company’s initiative to recycle off cuts generated during the installation of vinyl floors, has been widely welcomed and well-supported by installers. “Diverting these off-cuts from landfill and sending them off to recyclers for use in the manufacture of rigid and flexible products such as pipes, cables, shoe soles and car mats, is of great environmental significance. Good quality, clean materials that are void of any glues or substances can now be used to create new products with a useful service life instead of ending up in landfill or polluting the atmosphere,” Coleman says. According to SAVA CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, PVC manufacturers and consumers increasingly aim for the sustainable use of the product through all stages of its life cycle. “The promulgation of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act has placed great emphasis on recycling and the reduction of materials to landfill. To this end, SAVA and its members endeavour to create and participate in many community, industry and government programmes which are designed to ensure appropriate management of PVC products at the end-of-life. We applaud this initiative of Polyflor that not only helps to increase the awareness of the fact that PVC is recyclable, but also delivers tangible and impressive result in a very short time frame when it comes to collecting and recycling end-of-life PVC,” she says. Polyflor contractors receive specially branded bags for their vinyl floor off-cuts, which are then returned to the Polyflor SA head office for weighing and collection by recyclers. “Our aim is to increase our recycling rate by 100% by the end of . . .
The Plastics|SA Clean-Up crews were once again in action at this year’s SA Navy Festival that took place at the Simonstown harbour from the 17th to the 19th of March. According to John Kieser, Plastics|SA’s Sustainability Manager and coordinator of the clean-up crews, each year close to 50 000 people visit this event daily for the chance to see some of the country’s biggest naval ships and exhibitions on display. “This is a very popular festival that is always very well attended by members of the public. As a result, we find that it also produces the biggest variety of waste,” Kieser says. Large volumes of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), aluminium cooldrink cans and Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) were sent away for recycling, whilst organic waste was sent away for composting to Noordhoek. “We managed to collect approximately 35 large bags of good quality polystyrene that were discarded in the form of take-away containers, but also protective packaging that was used around the ammunition and valuable items that were on display,” Kieser said. This material was delivered to a Cape Town based recycler who uses the post-consumer polystyrene in lightweight concrete used for building and construction applications. “Our sincere gratitude goes to the Plastics|SA Sustainability Council for the excellent work they are doing on the ground at these events by working closely with the clean-up crews, but also in manning the exhibition stands where they educate members of the public about the importance of recycling. Through their on-going, consistent and visible efforts, they bolster the recycling efforts of the various material recovery organisations (MROs) and help us to divert tons of valuable material from our country’s landfills,” says Adri Spangenberg, Director of the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC). The final big sporting and spectator event on the Plastics|SA Clean-Up crew’s agenda for this month is the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon that will be taking . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is pleased to welcome Chembridge Additives as new members. This specialist distributor of plastic additives is based in Pretoria, and began its operations in 2008 as the appointed agent for Lanxess Germany GmbH and Tanatex Chemicals GmbH - servicing a multitude of industries. “We provide plastics additives, phosphorus, specialty chemicals such as organic and inorganic colorants and surfactants to a very wide range of industrial sectors. Our focus is on the supply of high-quality additives and finishing chemicals for the plastic industry. These products improve the processability of ingredients and the properties of the end products. Our product portfolio includes flame retardants, plasticisers, bonding agents, blowing agents, and colourants. We distribute to all customers, big or small, in any quantity required throughout Southern Africa from our network of warehouses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town,” explains Deon Steenkamp, owner of Chembridge Additives. Commenting on their motivation for joining SAVA, Steenkamp says that the Chembridge products and business philosophy align strongly with SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC). “We heard about SAVA and the excellent work they are doing through our customers. We wanted to be associated with such a strong industry body that is committed to representing its members’ interests in the Southern Africa region by creating consumer confidence within the industry and by actively developing and sustaining markets for PVC. We are very excited about the prospects SAVA membership will afford our business and look forward to the networking opportunities with other members, which would most definitely have a positive impact on our business,” he said. “SAVA is dependent on the backing and participation of its members, and we applaud Chembridge Additives for making the public commitment to sustainable practices by joining our ranks. By steadily growing our . . .
More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000 m² regional shopping centre is located on a 20 ha site on the corner of the R27 (West Coast Road) and Berkshire Boulevard in the heart of the rapidly growing West Coast area. Vivid Architects / Group Five Construction contractors are at the helm of the project, and specified Greenlight Concrete blocks for use primarily on the fire escape passages owing to the product’s excellent fire rating. “With climate change looming and the rising cost of energy, building contractors are looking at sustainable building options. Over the past 18 years, we have been involved in the manufacturing and installing of Alternative Building Technologies. We were looking for a more environmentally friendly way of implementing our insulated building systems, when we started experimenting with recycled polystyrene as the basis for our energy efficient walling systems,” explains Hilton Cowie, Technical Director of Greenlite. Greenlite’s Insulated Concrete is the culmination of more than 18 years’ of experience and research, the blocks consist of recycled polystyrene which is used as a lightweight aggregate mixed with cement and additives to form insulated, soundproof, fireproof, water-resistant lightweight concrete blocks and screeds that have already been used in various large, commercial projects such as the Trumpet Towers in Johannesburg, the BMW Pavilion and Zeits Museum in the V&A Waterfront, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and the Gautrain Station in Sandton. “The developers were amazed at how quick and easy it was for them to build the walls using Greenlite blocks. Because these blocks are lightweight, they are easy to move around the site and the engineers saved weight loading onto the suspended concrete . . .