Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2013

SolVin Award targets trends, debates outlook for innovation, sustainability

Brussels, October 09th 2013 - Maximising PVC’s impact on innovation and its role in driving a circular, sustainable economy are key themes of the SolVin Award and its first-ever panel discussion on 22 October in Duesseldorf, during the International Plastics Trade Fair K2013.

SolVin Award targets trends, debates outlook for innovation, sustainability

SolVin Award targets trends, debates outlook for innovation, sustainability

The fifth edition of the SolVin Award, with 78 projects in competition and attracting a broad range of industry leaders, will demonstrate innovation in sectors ranging from construction to electronics, gardening to road safety, health care to autos and other manufacturing. This as the PVC sector seeks to adapt itself to megatrends for energy and sustainable development.

The panel discussion on those megatrends and beyond, the first to be held during a SolVin Award ceremony, will include Axel Bruder, Executive Director of R&D at Renolit; Brigitte Dero, General Manager of ECVM and Deputy General Manager of VinylPlus; Bernard Cora, European Laboratories Manager for Rohm&Haas; and Ignacio Muñoz, CEO of Molecor. Euronews talk show host Chris Burns will moderate.

“We look forward to honouring the trendsetters in our sector, and to hold a lively exchange of views among industry leaders on what the PVC sector is doing and should be doing to meet the present and future needs of people, businesses and the planet,” said Filipe Constant, SolVin CEO. “This a unique occasion to stay tapped into the latest developments, to stay ahead of the game.”

SolVin Award 2013 will name the three top innovations and present two special prizes: one for Industrial Design and one for Recycling. The jury includes Andy Beevers, a British chemical engineer who manages digital magazines for the plastics industry. David Cook leads the British NGO The Natural Step, working with industry to strive toward more sustainability. Kirsten Hemson is a technical advisor for UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme and lectures at Cambridge and Newcastle universities.

Barbara Andreani manages the Brussels Enterprise Agency, “open innovation” between small companies and large organisations. Axel Enthoven runs Enthoven Associates Design Consultants, and teaches at the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). He has won several prestigious prizes, including the Red Dot Award and the IF Design Award.A networking reception will follow the ceremony.To know more about SolVin Award, and learn about the previous winners, go to the website: WWW.SOLVINAWARD.COM