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Düsseldorf - Out of a field of 17 finalists competing for this year's prestigious SolVin Awards, at the awards ceremony the Spanish specialist in PVC-oriented pipes Molecor was named winner of the gold prize. Molecor received the prize for its large-sized PVC-O pipe, which measures up to 630 mm in diameter - 50% larger than previous pipe sizes. This unprecedented diameter size opens up a whole new market in which these corrosion free PVC pipes can be applied.

Karen Laird

October 23, 2013

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K 2013: Molecor takes gold in this year’s SolVin Awards

Düsseldorf - Out of a field of 17 finalists competing for this year's prestigious SolVin Awards, at the awards ceremony the Spanish specialist in PVC-oriented pipes Molecor was named winner of the gold prize. Molecor received the prize for its large-sized PVC-O pipe, which measures up to 630 mm in diameter - 50% larger than previous pipe sizes. This unprecedented diameter size opens up a whole new market in which these corrosion free PVC pipes can be applied.

German manufacturer of high efficiency flat belts and conveyor belts Forbo Siegling was awarded silver for its AmpMiser coated BioBelts, in which petroleum-based feedstock and synthetic materials have been replaced by renewable, biodegradable plant based materials. The underside of the belts are coated with the patented AmpMiser coating creating a smooth layer that acts like a dry lubricant, enabling energy savings of up to 40 %.

Winners_2013.jpgBronze went to the French Depestele Group for its NanoVin flax reinforcements using nanotechnology.

Plasticos Escanero, from Spain, won the Recycling award for processing PVC industrial waste, and Italy's FIP won the Industrial Design award for its Easyfit PVC-U ball valves for water distribution.

Finally, the Special Prize went to a team effort by BASF, Renolit and Sanquin that developed plastic materials for medical applications, including a blood bag for pediatric use.

This year was the fifth edition of the SolVin Awards. The awards, honoring innovative solutions in the PVC sector, aim to demonstrate PVC's "excellent life-cycle performance," said Filipe Constant, CEO of SolVin.

This year for the first time, the ceremony also included a panel discussion, on innovation and sustainability. Panelists included Axel Bruder, Executive Director of R&D at Renolit; Brigitte Dero, General Manager of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and Deputy General Manager of VinylPlus; Bernard Cora, European Laboratories Manager for Rohm&Haas; and Ignacio Muñoz, CEO of Molecor. 

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