Part of a 60-year-old company with a tradition of innovation, Bremen-based Actega DS has developed a new PVC plastisol for some of the most sensitive medical applications, including catheters for cardiac surgery.

“Those catheters are designed for venous cannulation, extracorporal blood circulation and other cardiac treatments,” says Dennis Siepmann, Business Development Manager at Actega DS, whose parent company is Altana. “From a toxicological point of view, the cured plastisol is considered bio-compatible and has passed all required testing.”

All too often, a home renovation can turn into a bottomless money pit. Here’s where a bit of Aluplast’s Energeto ingenuity can make it worthwhile. This window system is even certified as an energy-saving passive house solution, suitable for renovations. And more theft-resistant too.

How did Germany’s Aluplast shrink a window’s carbon footprint? By attacking the strongest and yet the most thermically vulnerable part – the steel reinforcement. But first they tried other methods.

The EU is investing millions to develop alternatives to carbon and glass fibre. Alpas’ solution: bio-composites made with up to 70% recycled materials as well as Eco-PVC, used for everything from planes to furniture, even candleholders.

Working with universities and research institutions, using EU seed money under the FP7 program, Alpas developed cellulose-based bio-polyurethane composites that can meet the needs of demanding manufacturers, who in turn are under pressure from customers searching for ecological and safe products.

Having a hard time getting children to eat their five-a-day? What if the vegetables on the dinner table would have fun, whimsical shapes to make them more appealing? What if you could create romantic desserts with heart-shaped, star-shaped fruit?

Extruplesa and Zayintec have developed PVC-moulds to shape your tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, mandarins, and many other varieties as they grow. During the past two years the creators have been expanding their possibilities in their farm trial research.

A firm like Benecke-Kaliko, commanding a large part of Europe’s market for auto interior sheeting, knows well the need to adapt to market pressures. They also know that people will spend on average up to two and half years of their lives inside their cars. Comfort, and sustainability, are top priorities.

It was decades ago that Austrian artist-designer-architect F. Hundertwasser dreamed up homes with plant-covered exteriors. Technology since then has leapt and bounded. Proof of that is Sioen Industries’ vegetative textile wall.

The Belgium-based company teamed up with Vertical Ecosystems to get rid of the glass and steel components commonly used in vegetative walls in the past. The alternative: PVC-coated textiles and non-woven materials to create a far lighter wall.

When Juergen Deinert thought about reinventing the corrugated roof over his head, he and his R&D team at German VPW Nink thought about worst-case scenarios. What if it hails so hard it seems the sky is falling? What if there’s a fire?

Deinert decided to improve on the usual acrylic formula, only safer and more durably, for carports, terraces and balconies. The result: Salux Prisma.

Having worked with PVC for over half a century, Mondoplastico knows the need to respond to the winds of change. With sustainability in the air, the Italian firm mobilised its R&D team to boost recyclability after it joined the industry’s  programme VinylPlus .

“We’ve made a lot of effort to improve PVC’s environmental performance,” says Nicola Avella, technical manager at Mondoplastico. “for our recipe, we mix PVC with materials coming from vegetable or renewable resources.”

You’re going for convertible car and find yourself flipping through the interior colors in the showroom. You like ‘night blue’ for the seats but decide it’s not an option because you imagine that dark, elegant tone heating up in the summer sun, causing cries of pain from anyone daring to touch. Think again.

Germany’s Konrad Hornschuch AG has reworked PVC upholstery to reflect sunlight, even the darker tones, using skai® cool colors Venezia. It cuts the heat build-up by up to 25%, or 20 degrees Celsius, a marked difference.

For a company with 5,000 solutions for all kinds of industrial and decorative projects, you’d think they’d be too busy to help the do-it-yourself aficionado. Think again: Spain’s Polinter mobilised its research, development and innovation team (R&D+i) to create a DIY PVC installation kit for ceramic floors.

And one surprise for a lot of DIYers: it needs no cement or glue.