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 6:000 PM                                Uni-Bell Golf Tournament - The Grand Gold 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 Consultan.
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.


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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