I have enjoyed your unbiased reporting of the vinyl issue for many years. You have always given time to both sides of the PVC issue. I am very close by where the World Vinyl Forum was held and decided to pop over. I was astonished that they were asking $750 for on-site registering, so I appreciate your update.
However, and you knew that was coming, I question very strongly the stats that all these paid consultants and other executives were espousing as reasons why vinyl is sustainable. At $750 a pop I can get a whole lot of executives together who will tell you that they are not as optimistic as the Robert Brookmans of the world. Thermoview is switching to ABS, Owen Corning is getting out of the vinyl siding business, Keysor is stopping PVC resin production, and Louisiana is suing Dow. These are just a few of your most recent stories in Plastics News.
North American vinyl plants will drop from 64 to 38 by 2010, not because of size, but because the liability is not worth the risk. The vinyl industry has always preyed upon the poor and that is the reason why manufacturing in China and India will increase. Vinyl may in fact grow, but only because they don't give a hoot about the environment and the public health, and they will take their poison to underdeveloped countries.
The bottom line is, vinyl is unhealthy and should be banned. If you have enough money, anything is sustainable.
Polibak Plastics America Inc.