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 response to an idea put forward by production workers in the VCM plant, Shin-Etsu now uses labels for maintenance work at the plant. These labels show everyone, at a glance, exactly where maintenance work is needed. They also show that the problem has already been reported. This prevents ambiguities and extra work.

PVC roofing is a relatively new product, with a lifetime of more than 30 years. Even so, it can still be recycled. This has less to do with the PVC roofing itself than with the cutting waste that is generated when fitting the PVC strips.

This recycling process is mediated by the Roofcollect programme. It is even cheaper than disposing of the cutting waste with normal construction and demolition waste. By collecting their PVC cutting waste, roofers are helping to achieve the goals of VinylPlus.

With thanks to Vekudak Actiefdak.

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