Annual Meeting

Knowledge and Networking

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.


PVC Pipe in North America: Celebrating More Than Sixty Years of Success

47th Annual Meeting

March 11-13, 2019

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

San Diego, CA

5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA, US - 92130


Sunday, March 10
     5:30 PM to 6:30 PM                                  Pre-Meeting Kickoff Reception - Aria Lawn

Monday, March 11
     7:00 AM to 8:00 AM                                 Breakfast - Manchester Terrace
     8:00 AM to 12:00 PM                                Joint Member Meeting/Presentations – Manchester Salon
     9:00 AM to 11:00 AM                                 Spousal Orientation - TBD
     12:00 PM to 12:30 PM                               Meeting of the Associate, International & Certification/Testing Member
                                                                           Committee – Manchester Salon     
Free Afternoon
     5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                                  Welcome & Networking Reception – Manchester Terrace

Tuesday, March 12
     7:00 AM to 8:00 AM                                 Breakfast - Manchester Terrace
     8:00 AM to 12:00 PM                                Presentations – Manchester Salon
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM                                  Uni-Bell Golf Tournament - The Grand Golf Club
Free Evening

Wednesday, March 13
     7:00 AM to 8:00 AM                                 Breakfast - Manchester Terrace
     8:00 AM to 12:00 PM                                Association Reports/Presentations – Manchester Salon
     12:30 PM to 4:00 PM                                Board of Directors' Meeting and Luncheon - Champagne Room
     5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                                 Closing/Wrap-Up Reception – Burgundy Wine Room  


PVC Pipe in North America: Celebrating More Than Sixty Years of Success

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes have been used for water and sewer infrastructure in North America for over 60 years since they are cost-effective, immune to corrosion and offer a safe, maintenance-free lifetime of service. Dig-ups and testing of PVC pipe confirm its longevity is conservatively estimated in excess of 100 years. As well, PVC pipe has the lowest carbon footprint and life cycle costs when compared to other materials.

PVC was discovered in the 1830s but not introduced as pipe in North America until 1951. The first installation of PVC wastewater pipe was in 1952 and the first PVC water distribution pipes were laid in 1955. In 1955 the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) started developing plastic pipe standards. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF International) began certifying tin-stabilized PVC pipe for drinking water in 1956. Lead as a stabilizer was rejected at the outset by the North American PVC pipe industry. The 1950s and 1960s were decades of dramatic advances for PVC pipe and fittings technology. During this period PVC pipe began competing with traditional pipe materials in numerous markets including sewer, drainage and water distribution.

In 1960 ASTM D1785 was published, which is the first standard for PVC pipe in North America. This year marks the 55th anniversary of ASTM D2241 “Standard Specification for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure-Rated Pipe.” While not the oldest ASTM PVC pipe standard, it is the most widely used for buried PVC pipe. ASTM D2241 has played a significant role in the growth of rural water systems by providing requirements for materials, dimensions, and product testing that have ensured users a high-quality pipe product. In addition, D2241 pipe has been used extensively in municipal water and force main systems.

In 1975 C900 was introduced, which was AWWA’s first plastic-pipe standard, and included sizes 4- through 12-inches. At that time, 12-inch PVC water pipe was considered “large-diameter” pipe. The first expansion into larger sizes of PVC pipe for AWWA came with the publication of C905 in 1988. The standard included sizes 14- through 36-inches. The second edition of C905 added 42- and 48-inch sizes. In 2016 the C900 and C905 standards were combined making the C905 standard redundant. Additional sizes now include 54- and 60-inch and at least one new pressure class was added for each size of pipe. There were many changes over the years, but the most striking is in the definition of large-diameter: the maximum AWWA PVC pipe size is now five times what it was in 1975.

Today PVC is the most commonly used wastewater pipe with the longest life cycle over all other sewer pipe materials, including brick, clay, concrete, fiberglass, polymer concrete, polyethylene, cast iron, ductile iron, and steel. PVC’s leak free performance, resistance to hydrogen sulfide, and flexibile design characteristics are key factors for its dominance in gravity sewer and force main markets. It is estimated that 85% of all new sewer pipe installations are PVC, with over 1 million miles in service. Owing to the recent expansion of the ASTM F679 standard, PVC sewer pipe is now available in sizes up to 60 inches.

In water systems, PVC is also the material of choice, superseding ductile iron pipe and all other materials. A recent study by world-renowned Utah State University’s Buried Structures Laboratory confirms that PVC water pipe has the lowest overall break rate when compared to cast iron, ductile iron, concrete, steel and asbestos cement pipes. PVC water pipe approval has increased from 60% of water utilities allowing its use in 2012 to 74% allowing its use in 2018 – a 23% increase in acceptance. Some 22% or almost 300,000 miles of North America’s municipal water pipelines are now PVC. Rural utilities use PVC water pipe for 95% of their pipe networks and have over one million miles in service. Many rural systems have 3,000 miles of pipe or more - the equivalent of many of our largest municipalities.

The take away message is that PVC pipe’s widespread use is not an accident – the pipe is a well-engineered product that continues to provide exceptional service for wastewater and water systems. Join us as we celebrate PVC pipe’s more than 60 years of success in the North American municipal pipe market.


Among the topics our speakers will address are the following:

  • Results of recent testing of PVC water mains after 40 years of service;
  • A look at the global thermoplastics marketplace;
  • International market developments that are making the PVC pipe and fittings industry stronger;
  • Overview of the Trump Administration’s policies on trade and the domestic economy;
  • Use of PVC pipe in the rural water sector;
  • A critical appraisal of the risks and benefits of iron and PVC pipes in drinking water systems;
  • Review of the research and data on how water pipelines fail;
  • The truth about environmental activists and how to exploit their potential weaknesses;
  • PVC pipe’s role in pipeline replacement in Las Vegas;
  • How the vinyl industry is sharing good news about vinyl in North America and around the world;
  • And much more…


Dr. Sam Clovis, Jr.
Business and Political Consultant
Outlook On the Economic Climate for U.S. Manufacturing in 2019-2020

Dr. Clovis will provide an overview of the Trump Administration’s policies on trade and the domestic economy as well as the political trends affecting the Administration. Sam served as National Co-Chair and Chief Policy Advisor for the Trump for President Campaign. He was also a Policy Director during President-Elect Trump’s transition period and served as the Senior White House Advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Trump Administration. Sam was on active duty as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Force for 25 years and retired as a Colonel and Inspector General of NORAD and the U.S. Space Command. Dr. Clovis served as a Fellow at the Homeland Security Institute, contributing to national preparedness and immigration policy. Recently, he was a tenured full Professor of Economics at Morningside College.



AWWA C900 PVC Water Main Pipe: 40 Years of Successful Service
Douglas Seargeant, P. Eng, Senior Specialist, Distribution Infrastructure, Edmonton Water
This presentation discusses recent testing of PVC water mains after 40 years of service in Edmonton, Alberta. Includes a comparison with standard quality control testing undertaken for new PVC pipe in accordance with Standard AWWA C900, as well as testing of rubber gasket material. Mr. Seargeant has previously evaluated PVC water main pipe on multiple occasions at various stages of service life. The information provided is useful to water utilities experiencing maintenance issues with distribution pipelines and seeking to increase their understanding and knowledge of the long-term performance of water pipe materials.

PVC: Key Drivers and Trends, Feedstock’s Outlook and Worldwide Economic Factors
Chuck Carr, Global Business Director, Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls, Chemical Market Services, IHS Chemical
A look at capacity and demand in the global thermoplastics marketplace, with special emphasis on North America.


Politics and Business
Jim Keffer, President, EBAA Iron Sales, Inc.
In today’s quickly changing political climate it is important to keep in touch with lawmakers at both the state and national levels. Mr. Keffer will discuss his time in the Texas legislature and his efforts in Austin and Washington, DC to promote the restoration of our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

A Critical Appraisal of the Risks and Benefits of Iron and PVC Piping in Drinking Water Systems
Dr. Lok R. Pokhrel, Ph.D., MS, MSc is Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health at the Brody School of Medicine as well as the Department of Health, Education and Promotion, College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University
In the U.S. millions are impacted by toxic levels of metals (lead, copper and iron) and pathogenic microorganisms like Escherichia coli and Legionella pneumophila in public drinking water, mainly due to old technology metal pipes. A review of the latest reports and testing in water quality research shows PVC piping to be more durable and safer compared to iron pipes for drinking water supply. How innovations in nanotechnology can improve PVC pipe performance will also be discussed.


Update from the European Plastic Pipe Market and A Look at International

Market Developments for PVC Resin and Piping

Robert (Rob) G. Spekreijse, CEO of RPflow
Status and outlook on PVC pipe and fittings in Europe and a review of what is happening worldwide, including international market developments that are making the PVC pipe industry stronger. Find out how private sector pipeline ownership and new chip technologies for PVC fittings that indicate flow and other information stand to improve the industry’s competitive position. As well, learn how better collaboration around the globe is creating new opportunities.

An Update on NSF Standards and Activities for Distribution Pipe
Nasrin Kashefi, General Manager, Plastics Program, NSF International
A presentation on the recent changes to NSF standards and policies related to health effects and performance of distribution pipe, including a short description of the requirements and benefits of certification for PVC pipe.


The Use and Performance of PVC Pipe in Rural Water Systems
Bill Teichmiller, President, Association of Regional Water Organizations (ARWO) & CEO of EJ Water
A look at rural water utilities in America, which are served by a vast network of small and large diameter water mains, most of which is PVC. Many rural water systems are comprised of thousands of miles of pipe and are comparable in size to the largest municipal utilities. PVC provides a long-life, sustainable pipe product with low break rates and reduced operations and maintenance costs. Includes a discussion of how federal funding has been critical to rural water as well as the importance of regionalization efforts, and how both impact the use of PVC pipe in the rural water sector.

What We Have Learned About How Water Pipelines Fail: A Review of the Research and Data
Dr. Neil S. Grigg, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
After the Safe Drinking Water Act passed in 1974, a flurry of studies uncovered many facts about the causes and mechanisms of pipeline failure. These are available in reports, surveys, data bases and research papers that cover different types of pipes and scenarios of failure. The presentation will summarize the work and point to lessons learned about best practices for pipeline installation and management.

The Role of PVC in Pipeline Replacement in Las Vegas

Ryan Benner, Asset Management Senior Engineer, Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD)
LVVWD delivers water to 1.4 million residents within the City of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County, and maintains more than 4500 miles of water mains. Its water distribution system experiences less than six percent non-revenue water losses and a break rate of 1.3 breaks/100 miles. The pipeline network primarily consists of PVC (52 percent) and concrete pipe (36 percent); steel and ductile iron comprise much of the remaining pipe material. LVVWD has embarked on a $600 million dollar, 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP program identifies and replaces aging and failing pipelines utilizing a methodology that focuses on field investigations, break history, material type, and other parameters. This presentation will summarize LVVWD’s data-based methodology to identify and cost-effectively replace aging pipe with more durable PVC piping.

Understanding the Organizations Attacking the PVC Pipe Industry and How to Fight Back
Scott Walter, President, Capital Research Center
Learn the truth about organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental activists. We’ll review their strategies and scare tactics, who funds them, and how to exploit their potential weaknesses.

Working Together to Share the Good News About Vinyl in North America and Around the World
Aiñe Curran, President, Vinyl Institute of Canada (VIC) and Chair, Global Vinyl Council (GVC)
Environmental and other groups are stepping up their attacks against vinyl. This is why it is critical that we all share the good news about vinyl – how it is the premium infrastructure material whose longevity supports a more sustainable future. While metals, glass, paper, wood, textiles, rubber and leather represent 73% of materials found in landfills, and plastics 26.2%, only 0.8% is vinyl. That’s because vinyl is so durable. PVC pipe is a critical part of this good news story for vinyl which is why VIC and GVC are working closely with PVCPA to spread the good news here at home and abroad.

PVC Pipe Competitiveness in Germany and Italy: A Total Cost of Ownership Approach
Vincent Stone, Technical & Environmental Affairs Senior Manager, European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers / VinylPlus
Review of a new report by Althesys (Milan, Italy) on behalf of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers which analyzed the competitiveness of PVC pipes in Germany and Italy. The study’s objective was to assess the cost savings resulting from the use of PVC pipes compared to the most commonly used alternative pipe materials for various applications, over their entire useful lives. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) methodology was used to estimate the overall cost paid by local water utilities, taking into consideration total expenditures to purchase, install, maintain, and dispose of the pipes at the end of their service lives. The research confirms that PVC pipe has the best TCO among the pipe materials studied.


2018 Annual Meeting

PVC Pipe: At the Forefront as New Forces
Reshape the Municipal Pipe Market

46th Annual Meeting
March 12-14, 2018
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Key West, FL

2018 Annual Meeting Program

2017 Annual Meeting

Improving Water Quality, Durability and Safety
in Post-Flint America with PVC Pipe

45th Annual Meeting
February 27 - March 1, 2017
Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
Scottsdale, AZ

2017 Annual Meeting Program

2016 Annual Meeting

Rebuilding America with PVC Pipe: A New
Threshold for Pipe Performance and Sustainability

44th Annual Meeting
February 22-24, 2016
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
Key Largo, FL

2016 Annual Meeting Program

2015 Annual Meeting

The Tipping Point: PVC Pipe in the Age of Replacement
43rd Annual Meeting
February 23 - 25, 2015
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

2015 Annual Meeting Program

2014 Annual Meeting

The Future is PVC Pipe
42nd Annual Meeting
March 10-12, 2014
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2014 Annual Meeting Program

2013 Annual Meeting

Building A Greener World with PVC Pipe
41st Annual Meeting
April 22-24, 2013
The Resort at Pelican Hill 
Newport Beach, California

2013 Annual Meeting Program

2012 Annual Meeting

Unleashing American Innovation with PVC
Pipe: The Sustainable Solution for Corroding Water & Sewer Systems

40th Annual Meeting
April 23-25, 2012
Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel
Key West, Florida

2012 Annual Meeting Program

2011 Annual Meeting

Smarter Spending For Challenging Times:
Rebuilding America's Water/Wastewater Infrastructure with PVC Pipe

39th Annual Meeting
April 18-20, 2011
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Tucson, Arizona

2011 Annual Meeting Program

2010 Annual Meeting

Fighting Back: Gaining Ground in Tough Economic Times - The World's Largest Gathering of PVC Pipe & Fitting Manufacturers
38th Annual Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Marco Island, FL

2010 Annual Meeting Program