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The Largest Gathering of PVC Pipe and Fitting Manufacturers in the World

Each year the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association members gather for our Annual Meeting – the largest gathering of PVC pipe and fitting manufacturers in the world. 

Presentations cover topics ranging from market assessments for PVC pipe, vinyl resin and related chemicals, to sustainability, technology, legislative affairs and product certification. Participants come from around the world, and their ranks include pipe and fitting manufacturers, resin and additive providers, equipment manufacturers, affiliated associations, and non-profit certification agencies. Speakers include academics, business analysts, engineers, municipal officials, taxpayer advocates, public affairs specialists, etc.



43rd Annual Meeting

February 23 - 25, 2015

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

PVC Pipe in the Age of Replacement


According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors more than $2 trillion will be spent on water and sewer infrastructure over the next two decades. The age of pipe replacement is upon us. Let’s use PVC pipe, a product that studies confirm lasts well over 100 years and is both cost-effective and sustainable. Cost and performance are some of the main reasons why municipalities are drawn to PVC. Even when including installation expenses, PVC pipe is typically a less expensive and more durable replacement option than other materials.

Independent environmental assessments show that PVC piping has a much lower environmental footprint than old-technology iron pipe and newer polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. HDPE’s smaller internal diameter results in higher pumping costs than PVC pipe, generating unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Pumping costs for ductile iron (DI) pipe are also higher than PVC’s since its flow characteristics decline over time owing to the degradation of its cement lining and because of its propensity to break and leak.


North American water utilities have reached a tipping point. Old-technology cast iron piping is failing nationwide due to corrosion and so is its replacement, DI pipe, whose longevity has plummeted because of its thinner walls. The canary in the mineshaft is the nationwide premature failure of DI pipe for sewer force mains. Similarly, DI pipes for water systems are also failing at an alarming rate. In both cases the reason is its vulnerability to corrosion. And this includes poly-wrapped DI since this is not recognized by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers or the U.S. Bureau of Reclamations as a corrosion-control method. The iron age is coming to a close as we enter the age of replacement.

Other materials are trying to fill the gap. The HDPE pipe industry continues in its attempt to lower the safety factor of its water pipe to gain market share. This risky proposal would allow the material with the lowest tensile-strength and the shortest in-service performance record to be rated using the lowest safety factor; which will only increase the risk of pipe failure and shorten design life. But that’s not all, the product continues to have performance issues at a time when performance is critical. In contaminated soils, HDPE’s vulnerability to permeation poses risks to public health and safety. DI and HDPE pipe are simply not up to the task.

Let’s use a product whose quality and flexibility makes it most advantageous for almost all applications and during earthquakes and other natural disasters, allowing utilities to maintain services when it’s most critical. Old-technology materials like iron, concrete and clay pipe are subject to failure under many conditions. HDPE, for its part, simply doesn’t have the performance record offered by PVC pipe. 

Join us for thought-provoking discussions on the central role that will be played by PVC in underground infrastructure over the coming decades and why PVC pipe will be the product of choice in the age of replacement.

See you at the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica!




Sunday, February 22

6:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Meeting Reception - Las Sandias Terrace  

Monday, February 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant      
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Joint Member Meeting/Presentations – Herradura Section AB    
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Spousal Orientation - TBD    
Free Afternoon      
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome & Networking Reception – Las Sandias Terrace    

Tuesday, February 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant    
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Chairs Remarks/Presentations – Herradura Section AB    
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m Uni-Bell Golf Tournament – La Iguana Golf Course    
Free Evening      

Wednesday, February 25

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant    
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Association Reports/Presentations – Playa Escondida    
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Board of Directors' Meeting/Luncheon – Playa Hermosa A    
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Grand Finale Dinner – Herradura Section AB    



Note: Registration package includes breakfast daily.  Attire is business casual/slacks unless specified otherwise. Badges must be worn at all social events and presentations.


Keynote Speaker: Patrick Moore

Science-Based Environmentalism and PVC’s Role in a More Sustainable Future
Dr. Patrick Moore, Author, Speaker, Founding Member and Former President of Greenpeace

Dr. Moore reveals the myths and misinformation that distort current environmental debates and calls for issues to be discussed on the basis of accurate scientific data, a search for consensus and the creation of sustainable solutions. From energy independence to climate change, genetic engineering to aquacultures, Moore sheds new light on some of the most controversial subjects in the news today. In his book, Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, Moore provides a vision for a more sustainable world and argues for us to rethink our conventional wisdom about the environment. Hear his thought-provoking ideas and insights and how greater use of PVC pipe offers a real opportunity to create more sustainable and cost-effective water and sewer systems.


Among the topics our speakers will address are the following:

  • Demographic, economic and environmental trends affecting North America’s underground infrastructure;
  • The role of PVC pipe in trenchless applications and sustainable urban development;
  • How the media can promote transparency and accountability in local procurement;
  • The latest on PVC resin and pipe markets in North America and Europe;
  • A look back at the history of NSF Standard 14;
  • Dispelling myths and misinformation that distort current environmental debates;
  • A discussion of the American City County Exchange, a national network of municipal lawmakers seeking to advance efficiency, limited government and free market principles;
  • Why getting involved in the political process is key to lowering the cost of government for businesses and opening up new markets for PVC pipe, and much more…

For a complete list of the 2015 Annual Meeting Speakers & Topics, please click here.


We invite you to become a sponsor of the PVC Pipe Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting!
Sponsorship enables us to fulfill our commitment to promoting the PVC pipe industry and enhances the professional development of our membership through educational and networking opportunities. 
There are also many opportunities for your organization to maximize visibility in front of an audience who could benefit from your participation at the Annual Meeting. 
Please click here to view the list of opportunities that are designed to increase brand recognition by engaging and networking with our attendees - the largest gathering of PVC pipe and fittings manufacturers and suppliers in the world. 
Based on your sponsorship selections, you will qualify to earn benefits at different levels with quantifiable incentives and added onsite visibility. 
We extend our sincere appreciation for your interest and support of the PVC Pipe Association. You can fax or email your interest level back to Amanda Cassidy @ 972-243-3907 or acassidy@uni-bell.org.
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