July 2017 / Did you know?

Did you know that the Port of Rotterdam handles a total of 461.2 million tons of cargo, making it the largest port in Europe?

A total of 29,022 ocean-going vessels, 105,000 inland waterway vessels, 7,413,548 container ships and 12,385,168 TEU container ships pass through the port of Rotterdam. This means that Rotterdam is the number one port in Europe, and number nine in the world. On five separate occasions, the Netherlands’ port infrastructure has been declared the best in the world. There is every reason to be proud of that!


July 2017 / Enjoy the Rain

The PVC Forum Italia (an Italian association representing the PVC industry) and VinylPlus (the European PVC industry’s sustainable development programme) have sponsored a special project entitled ‘Enjoy the Rain’. Enjoy the Rain is a design project focusing on the reuse of end-of-life PVC and on the capture of rainwater. Students at a design and architecture school in Milan attended a five-week workshop, where they learned about potential challenges involving the use of recycled PVC in innovative industrial applications. The students subsequently designed six ‘products’, and arranged to have them manufactured. One such product was the Superdry, a multifunctional item of street furniture made from recycled PVC tubes and membranes. It provides shelter from the rain or the sun, and can be fitted with a rainwater collection system.

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