Eppa-Profiles News

EPPA’s EPDs the first ones to be recognized and published by two system operators in Europe

This recognition by two system operators has been made possible by the EcoPlatform to which EPPA is a member.

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EPPA at the Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremberg

On the joint booth of EPPA, RAL Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme (GKFP) and VinylPlus®, visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the broad scope of our activities.

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Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremberg

From the 21st to the 24th of March, 2018 Nuremberg is again fully focused on the Fensterbau Frontale. During four days the business sector meets and presents their efficiency and innovations to its visitors.

Follwing the tradition of previous years the Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. will co-exhibit together with EPPA ivzw (European PVC Window Profile and related Building Products Association) at a shared booth. An emphasis will be put on PVC recycling and the circular economy. Furthermore EPPA will inform about relevant European regulations and projects.

The Gütegemeinschaft offers a platform to members, visitors and stakeholders for discussing topics like system technology, standardization and quality assurance. In the sprit of the Single European Market, we organise our events together with Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) and KIWA.

Three exciting events complete the fair programme:

  • Prowindo press conference
    Thursday, 22/03/2018
  • VinylPlus® talk (part of the programme)
    Thursday, 22/03/2018
  • Quality summit with CSTB and KIWA
    Friday, 23/03/2018

Further Information will follow in due time.

Information from the tradefair organisers: To ensure a comfortable and worry-free trip to Fensterbau Frontale, we recommend using public transportation. Visitor tickets and exhibitor passes obtained in advance automatically include a free ticket for public transport in the Nuremberg/Fürth/Stein area during the show. For more information please go to www.frontale.de/easytravel

Record-Breaking Recycling Project in Germany

In Schweinfurt a major construction project has been initiated. Until 2019 a former US colony, now owned by the municipality, will be largely dismantled and demolished. This includes 34 three-story buildings and the 13 twin houses.  In this context around 2500 old PVC window profiles will be collected and recycled mechanically. The recyclate is a valuable secondary resource and can be re-introduced into new PVC window profiles. In Germany, the collection and recycling of old windows is organized by EPPA’s member Rewindo. Rewindo and similar controlled loop mechanisms allow for the continued use of PVC, fully in line with the aims of the Circular Economy.

The complete project has been described in an article published in the BauelementeBau. It can be found below.

Part I (German)

Part II (German)


EPPA Brochure Updated

EPPA keeps evolving. Hence, it became necessary to update our brochure in which we present the association and its work across Europe.

Please take a look at the result of our efforts by clicking the link below:

EPPA Brochure

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017: Towards Circular Economy

Organised by VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainability programme, this year’s forum held on May 10th and 11th took the theme of ‘Towards Circular Economy’ and explored the many growing opportunities for the PVC sector to contribute to this key objective of EU policy.

The PVC industry is making real progress towards sustainability and a positive contribution to the circular economy through a united industry approach, delegates heard at the 5th VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

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Andreas Hartleif (VEKA AG) takes over EPPA Presidency

On the 7th of October the Board of Directors decided to confirm Andreas Hartleif, chief executive officer of the VEKA AG, as the president of the European association of PVC profile producers.


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EPPA with partners present at Fensterbau Frontale Trade Fair

On 16th March 2016 the FENSTERBAU FRONTALE opens its doors again in Nuremberg. For four days, the industry meets and presents their efficiency and innovative power.

EPPA ivzw, the European trade association of rigid PVC window systems will be present as well and offer the visitors, members and interested experts a platform on the topics of system technology, standardization, PVC and recycling as well as current European regulations and projects. Under the umbrella of EPPA also other well-known institutions and organizations will participate: as the Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme e.V. (GKFP), the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment CSTB and Rewindo GmbH. Furthermore, we expect representatives of the Window group of the British Plastic Federation BPF and the French federation of extruders SNEP.

We are there for you: Hall 6, Stand 355

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Demolition of three high-rise buildings “Urban Mining” in Marl-Hüls

Marl (dialoginar) – Recovery of valuable raw materials in cities: Thus the basic idea of “Urban Mining“ as an approach to solving the problem of efficient resource recovery in the future may be reduced to fundamentals. No digging is done, though, neither in mines nor in exploitation pits for that kind of “mining“ in the middle of town. The exploitable recyclables reservoir, created by ourselves, is stored rather as individual secondary raw materials, for example, in electrical devices or in buildings and needs to be recorded, recovered and recycled for reuse.

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More than 100 post-consumer PVC windows were recycled and reused when refurbishing an office building in Gendorf industrial park

Burgkirchen-Gendorf (prs). – Mechanical recycling of PVC post-consumer windows is increasingly setting standards in Germany. A recent example is found in Eastern Bavaria, an elongated two-storey office building located in Gendorf industrial park near Altötting. InfraServ GmbH & Co. Gendorf KG is the operating company of the premises extending over about two square kilometres, office of the former Hoechst AG including about 20 companies, among them chemical plants and energy suppliers. The company has refurbished the light blue building located amidst industrial plants energy-efficiently and had more than 100 post-consumer windows on the two long side facades replaced by modern windows provided with Schüco systems. First, the post-consumer PVC frames were taken to a special container before they were transported to the recycling plant of VEKA Umwelttechnik GmbH located north of Eisenach. Rewindo Fenster Recycling Service GmbH, Bonn, is organizing the recycling system in Germany since 2002.

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