About the European plastic pipe industry
When were plastic pipes invented?
Although it is generally accepted that the development of PVC, as one of the first industrially produced plastic materials happened simultaneously in Germany and the US, Waldo Semon of the BF Goodrich is credited with being the inventor of the industrial production of PVC in the 1920s. The first PVC plastic pipes were manufactured in Germany in 1935. The installation of PVC plastic pipes began in in Germany in 1936 for drinking water distribution and sewerage. Most of these pipes are still in service.
How much plastic pipe is produced in Europe each year?
3 million tonnes of plastic pipes are produced annually in Europe.
Who are the main plastic pipe producers?
The main European plastic pipe producers are:
· Geberit International
· Georg Fischer Piping Systems
· KWH Pipe
· Pipelife International
· Tessenderloo Group
What is TEPPFA?
TEPPFA is the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association, a group of 15 European national associations and 11 direct company members across Europe. TEPPFA company members directly employ 40.000 people and produce 3 million tonnes of plastic pipes annually, representing an annual turnover of 12 billion euros. On behalf of its members, TEPPFA is actively involved in the promotion of plastic pipe systems for all applications.
Where can I find more expert information about plastic pipes?
ASETUB - Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Tubos y Accesorios Plásticos
Please visit: www.asetub.es
British Plastics Federation Pipes Group
Please visit: www.bpfpipesgroup.com
BureauLeiding - Dutch Plastic Pipes Association
Please visit: www.bureauleiding.nl
Czech Republic – Czech Republic plastic pipes association
Please visit: www.adpp.cz
DPF - Danish Plastics Federation
Please visit: www.plast.dk
FCIO - Fachverband der Chemischen Industrie Österreich
Please visit: www.fcio.at
Essencia - Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries
Please visit: www.essenscia.be
FIPIF - Finnish Plastics Industries Federation
Please visitt: www.plastics.fi
KRV - Kunstoffrohrverband e.V.- Fachverband der Kunstoffrohr-Industrie
Please visit: www.krv.de
MMSZ – MCSSZ - Müanyag – Csögyártók Szövetsége
Please visit: www.appm.hu
PRIK - Polish Association of Pipes and Fittings Producers
Please visit: www.prik.pl
STR - Syndicat des Tubes et Raccords
Please visit: www.str-pvc.org
Swedish Plastics and Chemical Federation
Please visit: www.plastkemiforetagen.se
VKR - Verband Kunststoffrohre und Rohrleitungsteile
Please visit: www.vkr.ch