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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Last month VinylPlus announced that in 2018 almost 740,000 tonnes of PVC had been recycled. That is an increase of 15.6 percent compared to 2017. With this result, 92.4 percent of the 2020 target of the program has been achieved. Since the launch of VinylPlus in 2000, a total of almost 5 million tonnes of PVC have been reused. VinylPlus is the sustainability program of the total PVC industry. PVC resin producers, manufacturers, suppliers of additives and recycling companies participate in the program. Shin-Etsu is also affiliated with VinylPlus. According to VinylPlus, the dedication of the total value chain is the reason for the success.

Dutch long-distance swimmer Maarten van der Weijden tested a special vinyl swimsuit on the weekend of 11-12 May. The tour prepared him for his new attempt to swim the Elfstedentocht (200 km) next summer. Last year he had to give up his first attempt after 163 kilometers because his body could not stand it anymore. Therefore Van der Weijden wanted to see what would happen if he spent the night in very cold water. The water temperature of the IJsselmeer is 12 degrees. The test went well: The vinyl swimsuit kept his body temperature at 37.1 degrees. Van der Weijden will begin his new attempt on June 21st. He does that to raise money for cancer research. Photo: Eize Hoekstra/MWF

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