GKFP becomes association member

At the beginning of 2020, the RAL Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme (Quality association of PVC window profile systems, GKFP) has gone from being a associated member to a full member of EPPA. Now, GKFP can become more involved in the European association and help shape quality or technology topics in the EPPA working groups.

Further information about the Gütegemeinschaft is available at: gkfp.de


The preparations for the Fensterbau Frontale are in full swing. This year, the focus of EPPA’s booth in hall 3A (no. 435) will be on the “PVC window as a sustainable construction product”. We will underline our commitment as part of the Circular Plastics Alliance and VinylPlus®.

In this context, we have foreseen the following events:

  • >Pre- press conference on the 21.01.2020 (10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.): EPPA will announce its events at the Frontale and be available for questions to the press
  • >Prowindo press conference on the 19.03.2020 (11:00 a.m.–12:00)
  • >Guided press visit on the 19.03.2020 (start: 12:30 p.m.)  for the first time EPPA will organize a guided press tour to participating members’ booths. The topic of the tour will be “PVC Windows – The Blueprint for Sustainable Construction Products”
  • >“Forum” conference block on the 20.03.2020 (10:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m.): EPPA will host a full morning session on the Forum with the following conference program:
    • -On the Way to a Circular Economy – Best Practice Examples from the PVC Window Profile Industry in the Circular Plastics Alliance and European Stillage Management – presented by EPPA
    • -VinylPlus® and the VinylPlus® Product Label – An Inventory – presented by VinylPlus
    • -A further Step in European Quality Certification of PVC Window Systems and Windows – presented by CSTB and GKFP
    • -Innovation – Digitisation: The Unit Profile Collection of System Houses – presented by GKFP expert group Master Data
    • – Sustainable Development: The new Scope of RAL Quality Mark (Gütezeichen) for PVC Window Systems – Long-term usability – Healthy living – Environmentally friendly construction product – presented by GKFP

Furthermore, as a European organization, we will act as a host for our member and partner associations during the exhibition. We will receive guests from VinylPlus, SNEP, GKFP and other member associations which will be available for discussions and conversations at our booth along with their material such as flyers and brochures.

Please visit us in hall 3A, booth 435.

More information on the Fensterbau Frontale, can be used by using the hashtag #fensterbaufrontale in social media: LinkedIn and Facebook.

Please visit: frontale.de

Merry Christmas and all the Best for 2020

2019 is coming to an end. We thank you for the trustful cooperation and wish you and your family a peaceful and reflective holidays season and the very best of health, happiness and success for the year ahead.

Five reasons for PVC windows as sustainable building product

System manufacturers have played a major role in shaping the Vinyl 2010 and VinylPlus® sustainability programmes of the European PVC industry and have become a mainstay of the programme in terms of the development of recycling volumes. The key points of the program were initially the recycling of used PVC products and the substitution of lead and cadmium stabilizers.

Please read the complete article about the presentation by  EPPA representative Gerald Feigenbutz at the Rosenheimer Fenstertage 2019 in baualemente bau 11/19 here (German): PDF



EPPA presents program block in FRONTALE Forum 2020

EPPA and its German associated member the RAL Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme (GKFP) present for the first time a complete program block in the Forum of Fensterbau Frontale. This will take place on Friday, 20 March 2020 from 10:30 to 14:00 p.m.

European partner organisations and EPPA will report on five key topics in the “PVC windows” sector that will be of major interest to the industry over the next few years. Window manufacturers and interested visitors are cordially invited to listen and discuss.

These are the presentation topics awaiting you in detail:

  1. On the way to a Circular Economy – Best practice examples from the PVC window profile industry in the Circular Plastics Alliance and European Stillage Management – presented by EPPA
  2. VinylPlus® and the VinylPlus Product Label – An inventory – presented by VinylPlus
  3. A further step in European quality certification of PVC window systems and windows – presented by Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment (CSTB) and GKFP
  4. Innovation – Digitisation: The Unit Profile Collection of system houses – presented by GKFP expert group Master Data
  5. The new scope of RAL quality mark (Gütezeichen) for PVC Window Systems: Long-term usability – Healthy living – Environmentally friendly construction product – presented by GKFP

More information in the newsroom article from Fensterbau Frontale.

Profile Houses introduce Stillage Management Schemes

Supporting the Circular Economy: The European PVC Profile Industry will implement stillage management schemes across Europe until Q1 2020. Thereby the return of stillages by window manufacturers to their profile suppliers shall be ensured, facilitating a sustainable use of this reusable packaging.

Please read EPPA’s Press Release here. 
Please read here the article in the German expert magazine bauelemente bau (11/19). 

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EPPA signed the declaration of Circular Plastics Alliance

On 20 September 2019, over 100 signatories signed the declaration of the (CPA). They commit to work together towards recycling and reusing 10 million tons of plastics by 2025.

For EPPA, president Andreas Hartleif signed the declaration. As a member of VinylPlus and as a major industry using rigid PVC recyclates in the B&C sector, EPPA is looking forward to cooperate with the entire value chain towards its goal of reprocessing and using 10 million tons of recycled plastics in new products by 2025.

Please read the whole press release of CPA on its website.

VinylPlus® stands up for sustainability at the European Week of Sport

Through its collaboration with the non-profit association Schuman Square, VinylPlus will spend the week championing the sustainable use of PVC in sports, its reuse and recyclability.

Read full Press Release

“Understanding the Debate About Plastic”

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) publishes the document “Understanding the Debate About Plastic“. It explains why plastics will – and should – continue to play a vital role in all our lives going forward.

Please find some more brochures of EPPA and its members in our  News & Download area.

For detailed information please visit the website of BPF.