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It can ruin your whole day… or longer if your plumber’s busy. A blocked sink can paralyse a home, unless of course you’re skilled at DIY.

You roll up your sleeves, take your toolbox and start to work, dismantling the siphon, flushing out whatever’s blocking the pipes. Then you try to reassemble it all, hoping you will not end up with spare parts in your hand. Belgium company, LML Pipes, decided there’s got to be a better way to unblock a sink.

“We started with a simple thought: How can we improve the functionality of a siphon?” says Jos Mertens, LML’s chief design engineer.

How do you keep out the roar of a stadium crowd, preserve the productive silence of an office or the pin-drop tranquility of a recording studio and still give architects maximum flexibility? The answer is Germany's Mehler Texnologies’ Sound Absorption project using PVC-coated textiles to keep the noise under control.

He’s designed flashy album covers for artists ranging from Scorpions to Heather Nova and Patricia Kaas. One day, Thomas Sassenbach got fed up seeing the endless succession of ugly garage doors while driving around his former hometown Cologne and decided to do something about it: turn them into large size 3D-looking billboards made using tough PVC tarpaulins!

They were always mousy gray, even outside well-kept homes that seemed to be crying out for help,” says Sassenbach. “So why not add a bit of rock’n’roll?

Did you know that power lines kill about 0.5% of the bird population in France every year and that a PVC helix on the cables can help to protect them?

Thanks to a new PVC compound developed by Solvay Benvic Iberica, it’s possible to produce a helical profile that can be attached easily to mid-tension lines. The bright colors of the helix work as visual alarms for the birds which will likely avoid the cables and safely continue their way.
Even a relatively limited number of helixes can be efficient if they are placed on the main migration routes.

How to apply car technology to furniture? Auto parts giant Impex used its expertise in comfort and automotive accessories to strike out on a new path: transportable PVC furniture.

The idea was born from a brainstorming session among the marketing team, indicates Geoffroy Simon, the company’s marketing manager.

French-based Nicoll has reinvented the rainwater gutter using PVC with a lot of clever twists. Called Vodalis, it is  innovative enough to have won two design awards. When tested, it has proven its toughness even in extreme weather conditions.

The design has a patented shape with an anti-droplet device to protect the wall of the gutter from dirt and marking. The gutter has a slim edge for better aesthetics, and pipe clips are concealed thanks to their rear installation, with no visible screws.

If a fence to you is just a fence, don’t read on. If a fence is an extension of you and your home’s personality, look closer at what France’s Océplast has been up to.

A fence doesn’t have to be a barrier to your creativity, not if Océwood enters into it. In contrast to the common wood or wire mesh, this is a PVC and wood composite with a thermo-lacquered aluminium finishing strip, tongue and groove.

 

Art Terre wanted to live up to its name when it embarked on the outdoor furniture business. So it hired Swiss eco-designer Cedric Carles to conceive a chair made from extruded, calendared leaves from Ondex ®Renolit.

His creation was a model of eco-design: it can be completely disassembled, with Pevetex® fabric and stainless steel tubing and screws that are completely recyclable. It’s usable both indoors and outdoors, respecting the philosophy of Art Terre.

Wiring in commercial buildings can be mind-boggling – kilometres of conduits snaking through the nooks and crannies of buildings of all sizes, sky-scraping or small.

In traditional electrical trunking design, wiring devices, such as sockets and switches for power and data, are fit in thanks to mounting devices. The drawback with that “snap-on” approach: the play between the moulded parts of the wiring devices and the extruded profile. The potential risk is that the wiring device may not be so firmly attached in the trunking. Loose wiring can mean trouble.

When worlds collide, strange things can happen. Try to imagine fashion students asking PVC lab researchers to pick up paint brushes.

Gioia Seghers and Stella Geneston from the prestigious La Cambre National School of Visual Arts of Brussels did just that.

“For years we’ve been collaborating and supporting projects linked with industrial design in the field of textiles, having as special partner La Cambre School of Arts,” says Daniel Martinz, who works in technical marketing and development for paste PVC at SolVin.