With a production capacity of more than 3 million tonnes, Shin-Etsu can without doubt regard itself as the world's largest PVC manufacturer. Production in the Netherlands takes place at two plants near Rotterdam: Botlek and Pernis. The commercial heart of the company is in Hilversum. Our customers use our PVC to make pipeline systems, window frames, flooring, cables and many other types of products.

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In recent years, Shin-Etsu has achieved a great deal in terms of HSE. We are determined to keep on improving and so it’s time to set new, challenging HSE objectives. From 2015 onwards, we will be reporting on our progress in this area. Here are some examples of what we have achieved in recent years:

Following our investment in dioxin removal equipment at the VCM plant, all post-commissioning emission measurements have been below the limit of detection. Shin-Etsu has also completed two major environmental investment projects in which ozone damaging refrigerants were replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives. This puts Shin-Etsu well ahead of the game when it comes to European legislation.

In terms of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), PVC pipes produced using recycled materials are among the most environmentally friendly building materials available. This was the conclusion reached by Professor Michiel Haas of the Dutch Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (NIBE). The main reason is that PVC pipes have a very long working lifetime, require few new raw materials, and when they eventually do need to be replaced, they can be recycled. These days there are PVC drain pipes, gutters and sewage pipes that have been awarded the DUBO quality mark for sustainable construction.

Source: PVC4pipes
Prof. Michael Haas (Emeritus), NIBE

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