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.


At our factory in Botlek we recently recorded that we had one year without any casualties. This means that the number of registered accidents per million working hours is back to zero. The last casualty that led to replacement work was an employee who injured his knee during work last year.

We pay a lot of attention to the prevention of accidents, for example with the issue of the Safety Flyer. Within a theme, it briefly and clearly explains which risks can occur and how you can protect yourself against it or how you can prevent these risks. The Safety Flyer is part of the so-called toolbox, which means it gets extra attention during a work meeting.

One year of no casualties is the result of that effort, but by no means a reason to lean backwards. We want to extend this progression in 2018, so that we get closer to our objective: zero accidents, zero incidents, Always Safe.

Shin-Etsu became third in the category PVC Producers of the Best Polymer Producers Awards for Europe. We achieved an overall score of 78.91 percent.

The Polymer Producer Awards is an initiative of Polymer Comply Europe, a service provider that assists the plastics industry in EU legislation. For the third year in a row, they asked customers of polymer manufacturers to express their appreciation on five criteria: delivery reliability, quality, regulatory compliance & technical service, communication, and innovation.

The Polymer Producers Awards cover eight categories, including the category PVC producers. In that category Shin-Etsu became third. The awards were presented in Milan on Thursday 24 May.

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