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GGP JAN 2013

BWFNEWS Active home and abroad Last year saw the British Plastics Federation busy in promoting the sustainability values of PVC and 2013 looks to be just as busy, according to its public and industrial affairs director, Philip Law. PIt is available to see on YouTube where itVC –U windows have recently receivedsubstantial support in a DVD publishedby the British Plastics Federation (BPF). has received almost 15,000 viewings. The video, Making Savings with PVC, shows that over the full life of a window and bearing in mind all production, installation, maintenance and recycling costs, PVC windows perform extremely well against products made from competing materials. It is of particular value for public sector authorities that are experiencing austerity and shows how investments in PVC-U windows can work in their favour. It focuses on case studies from Brighton and Hove Council which found that by using PVC windows, doors, gutters, pipes, flooring and cables, within the district’s five year major works programme, it would save more than £30 million compared with using alternative products and save an additional £1.2 million each year on the It was a busy BPF time last year, promoting PVC, including the seminar on the topic of PVC: The Positive annual maintenance budget. Savings were sustainable Procurement Choice. From left to right: Philip Law, Sarah Plant, BPF, Wayne Hemmingway, equivalent to £315 per household. The report Hemmingway Design and Roger Mottram, INEOS ChlorVinyls. “Wayne Hemmingway, who co-founded the Red announced by him today and is very welcome.”Among other beneficial initiatives, the BPF or Dead fashion label, believes that the PVC through a capital allowance with £250,000 worthsingled out the stimulus for capital investment of investment eligible for 100% relief, up from industry should be positive about its achievements £25,000; a 25% increase in UKTI funds which BPF hopes will meet its request to increase and PVC as a material, should be celebrated.” companies attending trade fairs in growthexport grant aid to trade associations and economies as well as the cancellation of a also highlighted the energy efficiency of the affordable and social design with a core 3p per litre fuel duty increase which was due to material as well as the environmental benefits. philosophy of aiming to ‘improve things that be levied from January 2013. The video also makes use of the fact that the matter in life’. It includes such urban renewal The BPF is maintaining a strong export majority of windows rated ‘A’ by the British projects as Staiths South Bank in Gateshead. orientation. For example, it will be in Moscow at Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) are made The seminar featured presentations from BPF Interplastica (29 January-1 February). UK from PVC-U which is more than 10 times the Vinyls Group chairman, Roger Mottram, and companies which are not exhibiting at number of any other material. It also features a Stefan Eingartner, the general manager of the Interplastica can sign up to the BPF’s catalogue letter from the government Minister, Mark Prisk, Brussels based Vinyl Plus organisation which is show offer, where the BPF will distribute your who praises the industry on its VinylPlus the European PVC industry’s sustainability brochures and collect business leads on your initiative, stating: “The industry’s work has project. Jane Gardner of Axion organised an behalf. Companies’ descriptions and contact certainly advanced the sustainability of PVC. adjoining exhibition of PVC recyclers from the details will also be included in the British Group Initiatives, such as Vinyl2010, give me great cause Recovinyl network which now has 24 accredited Guide and 1,000 copies will be printed and for confidence in the industry’s future and I wish PVC recyclers. Among recyclers present were handed out at the show. VinylPlus every success.” VEKA, UKBF and PVC Recycling. The BPF believes that this is a very cost (http://www.youtube.com/BPFmedia) More recently, BPF has welcomed the effective way to promote your company In October, the BPF hosted a seminar – PVC: Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Funding and at the fair with the cost at only £200, including The Positive Sustainable Procurement Choice – reforms to assist the construction of 120,000 the shipping of your brochures to Moscow at the Museum of Science and Industry in new homes, were announced along with new tax (40 brochures plus business cards). The offer is Manchester. Guest speaker, Wayne Hemmingway, incentives for Shale Gas, vital to reduce energy limited to six companies and will be allocated who co-founded the Red or Dead fashion label costs. BPF director-general, Peter Davis, said: on first come first served basis. in the early 1980s, believes that the PVC industry “The Autumn Statement is good news for should be positive about its achievements and business. Much of what the BPF led Seven For further information, contact Angela PVC as a material, should be celebrated. He now Associations Alliance asked for in their 20 Fredericks at the BPF, tel: 0207 457 5001, runs HemingwayDesign which specialises in November letter to the Chancellor has been or e-mail afredericks@bpf.co.uk 48 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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