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.
In 2025 at least 900,000 tonnes of PVC must be recycled per year and by 2030 at least 1 million tonnes. That is the new objective of VinylPlus, the sustainability program of the European PVC industry. With this objective, VinylPlus makes an important contribution to the 10 million tons of plastics to be recycled that the European Commission has established for the entire plastic industry. VinylPlus has been running since 2000. Up to now, over 4 million tons of PVC have been recycled through the program. See: www.vinylplus.eu.
The Technical Service department of Shin-Etsu in Rotterdam and Cires, Shin-Etsu’s PVC factory in Portugal, jointly developed a new PVC product with a high molecular weight. This PVC grade is mainly used for frame seals in the window profile industry. The demand for this product is high because it offers several advantages. It does not stick, so that the glazing can easily slide into the profiles. Furthermore, with this PVC type the entire window profile is made of PVC, which makes recycling much easier in due time.