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Publication of the 2018 edition of the association EPDs

The revision of the association Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) has been completed. The new edition has been released on 14th September 2018 with a validity of five years. The four EPDs revised are:

  • EPD for double skin steel faced sandwich panels with a core made of mineral wool,
  • EPD for double skin steel faced sandwich panels with a core made of polyurethane,
  • EPD for profiled sheets made of steel for roof, wall, deck and ceiling constructions,
  • EPD for profiled sheets made of aluminium for roof, wall and ceiling constructions.

These are average EPDs based on input data submitted by different manufacturers. On the second page of each EPD there is a list of participating companies.

To view or download the declarations, please click on the pictures below or go to https://www.ppa-europe.eu/documents-regulations-03.html

EPD 2018 MW Panels               EPD 2018 PU Panels               EPD 2018 Steel Profiles               EPD 2018 Aluminium Profiles

Congress 2017

October 19th and 20th in Hamburg, Germany

131 participants from 18 countries joined the congress 2017 in Hamburg.

The presentations held on the annual congress of PPA-Europe and IFBS please find at:

Congress 2017

Shortage of the MDI supply

MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) is produced in few large-scale plants in Europe, Nord-America and Asia. The companies BASF Polyurethane, BorsodChem / Wanhua, Covestro, DOW and Huntsman are producers of MDI. Several production facilities have encountered technical difficulties in the last months.

According to an article of the expert information agency for the plastics industry “KunststoffWeb”, plants from Nord-America are currently experiencing delivery shortfalls as a result of force majeure. The reason is the flood, which affected the suppliers and led to closure of the cargo terminal due to safety concerns. In succession of the technical faults, supply shortages at MDI production have occurred.

Even though in the meanwhile two of the affected MDI plants (Germany and The Netherlands) have resumed the production, it will take few weeks before the raw material MDI becomes again available in sufficient amount.

There is a strong growth in the global demand for MDI, also due to the good economic situation in the construction sector. Europe consumes about 900,000 tons of MDI per year, making it the world's largest market, according to Huntsman Polyurethanes. European demand for MDI is growing by about 7 or 8 percent per year.

The manufacture of rigid PU insulating boards, expanding foams, adhesives and paints belongs primarily to the constructional applications of MDI. MDI is in wide use also as binder for production of wood fibre insulating materials (dry-manufacturing process). Hence, this is a general matter, which affects in essence all PU producers in Europe. In Germany, PU insulating materials can be supplied only in limited amounts.

Moreover, Covestro cautions that there will be a global deficit in MDI capacity for a few years because an insufficient number of new plants are being built.

The manufacturers of PU row materials and of PU insulating boards are making every effort to ensure full supplying capacity as soon as possible. They are in close contact with their clients, to keep them up-to-date about the situation.

Information about this matter are also provided here: https://www.icis.com/resources/news/2000/06/12/120911/europe-braces-for-a-potential-mdi-shortage/

Metals Position Paper and Press Release on Circular Economy

The combined European metals industry looks forward to an ambitious Circular Economy Package supporting growth, innovation, competitiveness and jobs. Some challenges and opportunities to an improved circular management of metals are described in the common position paper "Boosting the circular management of metals".

Seeking a better recognition of the role of metals in the context of the Circular Economy, the Association of European Producers of steel for packaging (APEAL), the European Steel Association (EUROFER), the European Association of Metals (Eurometaux), Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) and Metals for Buildings (MFB) have come up with a Joint Metals Press Release.

1st Workshop of PPA-Europe

On 26th February 2015, the European Association for Panels and Profiles organized at its premises from Krefeld the workshop "Correct measurement". Practical guidelines on the right way of checking the dimensional characteristics of the sandwich panels and of the metallic profiles were given by Dipl.-Ing. Markus Tresser from the German research center "Karlsruher Institut für Technologie(KIT) Versuchsanstalt für Stahl, Holz und Steine", a very active third-party of our EPAQ scheme.


ECO-EPDs for sandwich panels and metallic profiles

During its first official annual conference on 16th October 2014 in Brussels, the ECO Platform (www.eco-platform.org), umbrella organization comprising various (national) EPD program operators in Europe announced the launch of a new EPD logo. The first “ECO-EPDs“ were awarded to declaration owners of the various programs. PPA-Europe got, in the event, the ECO-EPDs for:

  • Sandwich panels with polyurethane core
  • Sandwich panels with mineral wool core
  • Profiled sheets made of steel for roof, wall and deck constructions

Thanks of ECO-EPD, PPA-Europe members can use their sector EPD around almost, all European countries, without an extra cost.

For documents downloading, please click here: ECO-EPD

New EPDs for Sandwich Panels

EPAQ publishes new Environmental Product Declarations - EPDs for:

  • Sandwich Panels with polyurethane core
  • Sandwich Panels with mineral wool core
  • Profiled Sheets made of steel for roof, wall and deck constructions

Award of new EPAQ Quality Labels

On October 26th new EPAQ Quality Labels for sandwich panels and profiles have been awarded. The companies MAAS, ISOPAN and SAB Profiel got their certificates.

 
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 12_Isopan_Award

Mr Wolfgang Maas
with the chairman of the Quality Committee for Profiles Jürgen Schmied

Mr Rocco Traini (center), Isopan, with the chairman of the Quality Committee
for Panels (right), Prof. Klaus Berner and the Secretary General of EPAQ (left),
Dr. Ralf Podleschny

The company MAAS got their certificates for the product groups:

  • Trapezoidal Profiles
  • Corrugated Profiles
  • Standing Seam Profiles
    made of steel or aluminium.

The company ISOPAN got their certificate for Sandwich Panels: 

  • Isoparete
  • Iso-Wall
  • Isofrigo
  • Isocop
    with steel faces and polyurethane core material.

The company SAB Profiel got their certificates for the product groups:

  • Trapezoidal Profiles
  • Liner Trays
  • Corrugated Profiles
    made of steel.

29 EPAQ Quality Labels!

At the EPAQ and Pan&Pro Congress 2011 in Rome
3 new EPAQ Quality Labels have been awarded to EPAQ members.

Totally 29 EPAQ Quality Labels for products of 13 companies are now certified. 18 labels are for sandwich panels and 11 labels are for profiles. These certified products are manufactured in 8 European countries.


ce de pa inauguration in Tudela, Spain on July 7th

DOW and SAIP built a new sandwich panel line in Tudela, Spain (near Zaragoza) for everybody who wants to test new foam systems, new insulation materials, machine components or anything else regarding sandwich technology. The new line which belongs to the new company cedepa which is only founded to run this project is a missing link between research and production.

Manufacturers can rent the line to test new ideas without stopping their own production at home. The possibility to rent the line is not limited to clients of DOW and SAIP but open for everybody.

 Read more in the press release:

DOW and SAIP Customers inaugurate cedepa

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Award of the first EPAQ Quality Labels

On March 27th, the Quality Committee for Panels awarded the first EPAQ Quality Labels for sandwich panels. In the presence of Mr Pfiel (Brucha) and Mr Pesch (Romakowski) the chairman of the Quality Committee and the Secretary General handed over the first Quality Certificates.

Photos de la remise des labels

Gallery

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EN 14509 is published