PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 4 May 2020
PPXX CONFERENCE MOVES FORWARD – TECHNICAL PROGRAM NOW ONLINE


Many advances in the field of plastic pipe technology have been announced by organizers of the Plastic Pipes XX Conference with the online publication of their technical program. The PPCA board and operating committee are continuously reviewing COVID 19 developments and plan to move forward with their conference and exhibition to be held September 21 – 23, 2020 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.


Over 400 delegates are scheduled to attend the biannual conference and review a total of 116 papers for delivery in two parallel sessions. Sessions will discuss worldwide advancements in material development, research findings, case studies, non-destructive testing methods and other areas concerning plastic pipe technology and the industry that promotes it.

In addition to presentations and a sizeable exhibition facility, this year's conference will include a scheduled Poster Gallery Walk for the first time. Sarah Patterson, Organizing Committee Co-chair and Technical Program Manager of PPXX comments: “Our conference is a truly global event that typically encourages human and plastic pipeline connections. This new format will enhance the communication process. Poster authors will be available at various times to discuss their work and provide an additional opportunity for attendees to exchange knowledge and network during the conference. Delegates are still able to visit and browse the Gallery posters any time of day.”

The preliminary technical program has posted to the PPXX web page: https://ppxx.eu/en/technical-program/preliminary-abstract-book-and-program.

This technical program comprises more than 100 papers. Abstract highlights include fundamental research into the recycling possibilities of PEX pipes, increased benefits from the use of nano-additives for making PVC pipe systems and an investigation into the quality characteristics of polyamide pipe welds.

Recycling new pipes from old
For over 35 years, closed-loop collection and recycling schemes for in-service PE and PVC pipe systems have proved successful. Now Basell Polyolefine GmbH (Germany) has achieved a way to recycle end of service life crosslinked PE-X and multilayer pipes. Their conference presentation will explain how they have developed a pyrolysis system in line with the requirements of the petrochemical process.
A catalyst system is now under development to depolymerize plastic waste to make new PE-X and multilayer pipes. Such a prospect would convey significant advantages for plastics in general and for the plastic pipe industry in particular.

Breakthrough from nano-additives in PVC pipes
A breakthrough will be announced to conference in the development of special nano-structured materials for use as additives in the manufacture of rigid PVC sewer and water pipe systems. Resulting benefits in mechanical performances from such pipes comprise enhanced rigidity and a simultaneous increase in tensile strength and elongation. Dr. Enrico Boccaleri, a researcher from the Italian University of Piemonte Orientale (UPO) will share the results of this three year development program undertaken in collaboration with seven principal PVC pipe producers in Italy.

Raising quality standards for polyamide gas pipes
Polyamide 12 is a high-performance thermoplastic material used in the manufacture of high pressure gas pipe systems. Two research institutes, the German Plastics Center (SKZ) and The Welding Institute (TWI), in cooperation with Evonik and Westnetz, have examined the established quality tests for pipe welds on PA 12 pipes. Their results are expected to be used for training of personnel as well as for the extension of international technical standards.

The international Pipes Conference has posted an online database publishing all papers delivered since their first convention in 1970 in Southampton (UK). Included within this archive are the papers delivered by their most recent event in Las Vegas in 2018.

Organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the Conference and Exhibition are hosted by PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA). The Technical Program as well as general information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XX are available through: www.ppxx.eu


The following sponsors are already on board for PLASTIC PIPE XX in Amsterdam:

Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and Rollepaal, Gold level sponsors: MOL, Hultec, LyondellBasell, Kiwa, Fangli Group, Banline RTP Machinery Equipment, Silver level sponsor: Molecor, Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), Official Carriers of the Conference: AIR FRANCE/KLM, Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff, Lunch sponsor: RTP Company, Coffee break sponsors: battenfeld-cincinnati, Tecnomatic, IPAD corners sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+Association

Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are reinvested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.
Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 7 February 2020
FOCUS ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AT PPXX
One of the topics addressed at Plastic Pipes XX Conference will be “Hydrogen replacing natural gas – is the pipe infrastructure ready? Such a review is all the more relevant given the development of hydrogen delivery systems particularly within the transport sector. The Plastic Pipes XX Conference and Exhibition will be held September 21 – 23, 2020 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.   

Conference organizers announced today that there will be 100 presentations discussing worldwide advancements in material development, research findings, case studies, non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and other areas concerning plastic pipe technology and the industry that promotes it.“Using its existing network of polyethylene gas pipe to transport hydrogen in the future is a critical topic in The Netherlands, and will be an important focus during our Amsterdam conference,” stated Sarah Patterson of the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc., who is Co-Chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee and Chair of the Technical Program. “The conference is planning a session that will be devoted to the investigation of polyethylene pipe when exposed to hydrogen, a study that has yielded positive results, finding the material and pipe to be capable for the task.”Among the other technical papers planned for presentation are:A discussion about the initiatives being advocated in Europe by the Circular Plastics Alliance to support the growth of using recycled material for pipe applications.  Highlighted during this session will be the goals already achieved such as new and faster test methods.The Life-Cycle assessment (LCA) study of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe in Thailand that includes more than 48 years of data.  These results are being used to gain awareness of the environmental benefits of PVC pipes relative to traditional materials used in the region.A real-life case history about the on-site extrusion of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe using a mobile plant in the west Texas USA Permian basin. A recent study conducted to examine the effects of soft, polymeric interlays on a brittle, mineral reinforced polymer matrix using a fracture mechanics-based methodology.  Co-extruded plates with up to 2,048 layers were manufactured and tested for this study. The objectives include a defined guideline from multilayer laminates to industrial pipe applications. Patterson explains that the conference will have three days of technical presentations covering aspects of plastic pipe systems such as raw materials, joining methods/components, processing equipment, additive/ingredients, test methods, plastic pipeline solutions, application areas, case studies, sustainability performance and latest market issues.

The Organizing Committee of Plastic Pipes XX received 155 abstracts to review and selected nearly 100 for technical presentation and 15 for the poster gallery walk. 

Organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the Conference and Exhibition are hosted by PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XX are now available through: www.ppxx.eu

The following sponsors are already on board for PLASTIC PIPE XX in Amsterdam: Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and RollepaalGold level sponsors: MOL, Hultec, LyondellBasell, Kiwa, Fangli Group, Banline RTP Machinery EquipmentSilver level sponsor: Molecor Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)Official Carriers of the Conference: AIR FRANCE/KLM Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff Lunch sponsor: RTP CompanyCoffee break sponsors: battenfeld-cincinnati, TecnomaticIPAD corners sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+Association

Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events. Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-9514-480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 1 October 2019
AMSTERDAM PIPE CONFERENCE: LAST CALL FOR PAPERSOrganizers of PLASTIC PIPES XX are expecting to receive as many as 100 abstracts for their conference and exhibition that takes place in the “Pipe” District of Amsterdam at the Hotel Okura on September 21 - 23, 2020. With a deadline of 22 October this year, only three weeks remain for delegates to submit their abstracts.

Sarah Patterson who is Co-Chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee and Chair of the Technical Program is confident that the event will prompt landmark developments in the business and technology of her industry. “The world of plastic pipes continues to share its innovative versatility through our truly international conference and exhibition.”

“Many new developments have been presented during the PPCA conferences. For PPXIX in Las Vegas, examples included: a PEX pipe from bio-based sustainable resource (Canada), composite pipe made from polyethylene/aluminum/polyethylene in a PVC casing for outdoor gas conveyance (China), subsea 560 mm SDR 7.27 PE100 pipe (UAE), new thermoforming process for integrated PP-HM sockets (Italy), new bimodal dual rated PE4710/ PE100 polyethylene resin design addressing large diameter heavy walled pipe (USA), application of biomimetric design concepts for pipe (Austria) and new booster heat stabilizers for PVC and CPVC compounds (Italy).”

Patterson explains that the subject matter for papers focuses on “all aspects of plastic pipe systems such as raw materials, joining methods/components, processing equipment, additive/ingredients, test methods, plastic pipeline solutions, application areas, sustainability performance and latest market issues.”

The full list of key subjects and critical technical program dates are posted to the PPXX conference web page.

“Our conference is the forum for human and pipeline connections. Next year's event will be no exception,” Patterson affirms.

PPCA has published a factsheet to inform potential delegates of the benefits of participation. This information alongside details of registration, sponsorship and exhibition space has been posted to the PPCA website: www.ppxx.eu
The following sponsors are already on board for PLASTIC PIPES XX in Amsterdam:
Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and RollepaalGold level sponsors: MOL, Hultec, LyondellBasell
Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)
Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff
Lunch sponsor: RTP Company
Coffee Break sponsor: battenfeld-cincinnati
IPAD corner sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+AssociationOfficial Carriers of the Conference: Air France / KLM
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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or
“spin-off” events.
Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 2 September 2019
IN TOUCH WITH THE DUTCH AT PPXX IN AMSTERDAM
The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has highlighted the promotional and networking opportunities of its next conference and exhibition, PLASTIC PIPES XX. Hosted in Amsterdam at the Hotel Okura, this event will be held September 21 - 23, 2020.

PPXX event organizers report that the technical exhibition will comprise 36 booths and that 12 major companies and organizations in the plastic pipe world have already reserved space.

“Amsterdam will host conference delegates from over 40 countries. Key players will include pipe designers, raw material producers, consultants, architects, civil engineers, pipe fittings and extrusion equipment manufacturers, distinguished scientists and leading representatives of government agencies and industrial associations and major utility providers.”

“Our technical exhibition plays an active role in networking during our Conference. This truly international platform showcases some of the latest developments in product design, manufacture, maintenance, evaluation and testing procedures.”

Zoran Davidovski, Chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee remarks: “Amsterdam is a very appropriate venue for our twentieth conference. Our technology was first invented in Germany, then commercially pioneered in the Netherlands and now continues to be developed throughout the world.”

Furthermore, the PPCA has published factsheets to inform potential delegates, sponsors and exhibitors of the scope and scale of participation. This information alongside registration has been posted to the PPCA website: www.ppxx.eu

The following sponsors are already on board for PLASTIC PIPE XX in Amsterdam:
Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and RollepaalGold level sponsors: MOL,Hultec, LyondellBasell
Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)
Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff
Lunch sponsor: RTP Company
Coffee Break sponsor: battenfeld-cincinnati
IPAD corner sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+Association
(ENDS)Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.
Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30 -9514- 480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 16 May 2019
CALL FOR PAPERS AT PP XX IN AMSTERDAM
The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its next conference and exhibition, Plastic Pipes XX. Hosted in Amsterdam at the Hotel Okura, this event will be held September 21 - 23, 2020. Abstracts need to be submitted in English by October 22, 2019 and additional guidelines are posted on: www.ppxx.eu
“The main program will comprise approximately 100 presentations relating to the design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipes systems,” stated Sarah Patterson, Co-chair and Technical Program Manager of PPXX. “The papers will detail technical solutions or developments addressing engineering issues using plastic pipes systems or components. Also, papers identifying market trends for future growth of plastic pipes and components will be accepted for consideration.”2020 is seen as a landmark year for the plastic pipe industry. Zoran Davidovski, Chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee, is confident of further market growth. “Our technology and commerce have always been propelled by ceaseless innovation throughout the entire supply chain. This call for papers is expected to harvest some commercially significant developments from Europe and particularly from North America and China where current growth in demand is significant.”
“New materials, applications and scientific advances are about to change the world of plastic pipe systems in many respects and Amsterdam will provide a global medium for their communication.”

Conference topic areas include market issues, plastic pipeline solutions, application areas for plastic pipes, processing, test methods and performance of plastic pipes and fittings, sustainability and case studies. The full list of key subjects is posted on the conference web page.

“In 2018, more than 400 delegates from 40 countries attended PPXIX in Las Vegas to review 93 technical papers, network at global level and connect with the 33 exhibiting companies," remarked Patterson. “Presentations were of high quality and the forum provided a genuine technical transfer of knowledge and experience from the entire global industry. Our PPCA conferences typically serve as a platform to facilitate communication between all stakeholders in the plastic pipe industry.”Alternating between the United States and Europe every even numbered year, the three-day Plastic Pipes Conference and Exhibition is the largest event of its kind which is focused solely on plastic pipe systems and applications.

The event is hosted by the PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XX are now available through: www.ppxx.eu
The following sponsors are already on board for PLASTIC PIPE XX in Amsterdam:

• Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and Rollepaal• Gold level sponsors: MOL, S&B Technical Products Hultec USA, LyondellBasell• Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)• Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff• Lunch sponsor: RTP Company• IPAD corners sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+Association
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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: 4 February 2019  PLANS FOR OZPIPE XIX IN FULL SWINGThe Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) announces that its spin-off event in Australasia will be called OZPIPE XIX and will showcase significant developments in the field of plastic pipe technology and industry. It also reports that a website has been launched to communicate Plastic Pipes XX, its main global Conference and Exhibition to be held next year in Amsterdam.OZPIPE XIX will be hosted late this year in Australia on 7 and 8 November 2019 at Dockside on Cockle Bay in Sydney. PPXX will be held on 21 -23 September in 2020 at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Zoran Davidovski, chair of the PPCA Organizing Committee comments:“OZPIPE XIX is shaping up to be an exciting technical event on the Australasian calendar for 2019. The world market for plastic pipes continues to grow exponentially by volume and by application. Significant technical and commercial developments are set to transform the global plastic pipe industry and these will have particular consequences for the Australasian region.”Davidovski adds that speakers from the UK, USA, Belgium, China and Austria have already confirmed their attendance at OZPIPE XIX and that a call for papers will be issued this February. It is also important to note that this Conference and Exhibition will be hosted by The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA).Main corporate sponsors for OZPIPE XIX and PPXX are Rollepaal and Baerlocher. “Rollepaal is one of the world's leading suppliers of pipe extrusion equipment,” comments Davidovski. “And Baerlocher is a global supplier of additives to the plastic pipe industry.”“We are also delighted that MOL will sponsor Ozpipe XIX at Gold Level. MOL is a leading manufacturer of injected moulded and extruded elastomer sealing systems and rubber profiles. Such endorsements clearly indicate that our event in Amsterdam will gain tremendous momentum.”Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship for Plastic Pipes XX are now made possible through a new website: www.ppxx.eu. Also posted is a promotional video for this Amsterdam event. Sponsors who have agreed to endorse PLASTIC PIPE XX in Amsterdam are as follows:Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and RollepaalGold level sponsors: MOLGala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association(TEPPFA)IPAD corners sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+AssociationFurther information concerning OZPIPE XIX is available on the PIPA website viahttps://www.pipa.com.au/index.php/ppxix-spin-off-conference-ozpipe-xix/(ENDS)Organizers of PLASTIC PIPES XIX are the Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA). PPCA has created a special LINKEDIN page accessible through: https://www.linkedin.com/company/16237800/Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30 -9514- 480

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 16 October 2018

AMSTERDAM TO HOST PPXX IN 2020

The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) reports that Plastic Pipes XX Conference and Exhibition will be hosted in Amsterdam 21 -23 September in 2020 at the Hotel Okura. Two spin-off events have also been announced: Guangzhou, China in September 2019 followed by Sydney, Australia in November 2019.

Chair of the PPXX Organizing Committee is Zoran Davidovski, Vice President Marketing & Innovation of Pipelife International. Davidovski comments on the choice of Amsterdam for the next conference: “Amsterdam is a fitting choice for PPXX. The Dutch are world renowned masters in water management. The Netherlands has also spearheaded the commercial development of plastic pipe materials, systems and technology. In addition to leading in the field of plastic pipe collection and recycling schemes, the Dutch have been in the forefront of plastic pipe R&D.”

“Amsterdam is a vibrant and fascinating location for our conference. Its rich history of culture, arts and science are aspects to behold. Also, of interest is that Amsterdam and much of The Netherlands is below sea level. Since the 17th century, the city forefathers have constructed canals to provide transport and drainage. Today, municipal drainage, sewer and water utilities are mostly supplied by modern plastic pipes.”

Dates of the PPCA spin-off events will be communicated shortly. A website for registration, information, sponsorship opportunities and available exhibition space is currently in preparation. Meanwhile information can be obtained directly from conference organizer: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu

Chair of the PPXIX Organizing Committee underlined the success of the Las Vegas conference. Sarah Patterson, Technical Director of the Plastics Pipe Institute, comments: “Over 400 delegates from approximately 40 countries attended PPXIX to review 93 technical papers, network at the global level and connect with the 34 exhibiting companies.”

“The world of plastic pipe technology is home to a booming market for ideas, innovation and development. Presentations were of high quality and the forum provided a genuine technical transfer of knowledge and experience from the entire global manufacturing industry.”

Approximately 210 companies attended PPXIX representing many countries. Given that this year's conference was hosted in the USA, a breakdown analysis of attendees pinpoints North America (54 percent) as the major origin of delegates. Nevertheless, Europe occupied second league position with 23 percent of conference participants, followed by Asia (predominantly China) at 15 percent. Countries new to the PPCA conference included Romania, Botswana, Columbia, Peru and others.

Sponsors for PLASTIC PIPE XIX in Las Vegas, USA were as follows:

Main Corporate sponsors: Baerlocher and Rollepaal

Gold level sponsors: McELROY, LyondellBasell, The Dow Chemical Company, S&B Technical Products Hultec USA and MOL

Silver level sponsors: TRI Environmental, Rifeng Enterprise Group, SICA and Trelleborg

Media Sponsor: INFORMED INFRASTRUCTURE

Gala Dinner sponsor: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)

Welcome Reception sponsor: KraussMaffei Berstorff

IPAD corners sponsors: PVC4Pipes Association and PE100+Association

Lunch sponsors: Uponor, PSILab and RTP Company

Coffee Break sponsors: battenfeld-cincinnati, Hamilton Kent, Milacron and NSF International

Organizers of PLASTIC PIPES XIX are the Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA). PPCA has created a special LINKEDIN page accessible through: https://www.linkedin.com/company/16237800/

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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.


Further information: Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu

Tel.: + 36-30 -9514- 480