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Happy 60th Birthday Vintex!

It is difficult to fathom how different life was back in 1957 when Zelco Rubber and Plastics purchased a knife over roll line for $32,000 and started National Vintex Corporation above a pizza store in Montreal. Sixty years ago, man had not yet made it to the moon, gas was $0.06/litre ($0.29/gallon), Elvis had just released “All Shook Up” and National Vintex began it’s journey to achieve manufacturing excellence and become a world-class organization.

Back then, National Vintex Corporation was a part of the up and coming plastics industry and, over the next 10 years, they had grown their staff to 12 and moved to Candiac, Quebec. Investments in the company’s first extrusion coating line in 1967 positioned them for further growth and grow they did!

By 1971, National Vintex had 20 team members and was already establishing a market reputation for consistent quality and responsive customer service which attracted the attention of A.R. Clarke (a Toronto based tannery looking to enter the imitation leather market) who acquired them in 1976. Don Day was recruited as Executive Vice-President/General Manager and he laid the foundation of an employee-centric company culture, focused on product innovation to foster continued growth.  That forward-thinking mindset is a cornerstone to the foundation of all that makes Vintex successful today.

By 1983, National Vintex Corporation had become Vintex Inc. and moved out of Quebec to Brampton, Ontario. Sales continued to increase and new markets such as mine ducting had been added.  Throughout the 80’s Vintex continued to change and grow as Don Day gained ownership of the company with Irving Raskin.  In 1986 they entered into the launderable incontinence market and Vintex hit their stride by developing a barrier fabric that made them a market leader in the incontinence industry.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Vintex continued to grow which led them to move to a larger facility in Mississauga in the late 80’s. Here they added a second extrusion line along with automated compounding capabilities, all to support the consistent product quality and responsive customer service they had become known for.

In the early 90s, Vintex augmented their sales with the introduction of a new and innovative incontinence product called Uniply® and a re-usable dunnage bag material for car part assembly plants. Its team members now numbered over 60 and it once again found itself land locked in its current location so the search began for new home which came in the form of a 157,000 sq. ft. facility in Mount Forest, Ontario in 1995.  Vintex proudly and successfully re-located all 61 employees and their families an hour and a half drive north-west of their former location to small town Ontario and in the late 90’s, David Anyon took over ownership of the company.

Entering the new millennium as a diverse, vertically-integrated company with a multi-decade track record of great products and service, supported by a great team of people, Vintex was named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Corporations by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Arthur Anderson and The National Post! This is a great source of pride for each and every team member and reflected their dedication and collaboration each and every day.

The 21st century witnessed the burgeoning of the globalization of the textile industry. Through the World Trade Organization’s agreement on textiles and clothing, a gradual dismantling of bi-lateral import quotas over a 10 year period was initiated. These changes accelerated industry dominance for China and other Asian countries in the new non-quota, global textile environment.

In 2001, Paul Helsby, Jim Merrill, Don Wallbank and Steven Wood purchased Vintex. They, along with 100 talented and tenured team members, met this new market force head on by further investing in Vintex’s key success factors of consistent product quality, responsive customer service and product innovation.

Today, 60 years later, Vintex is a success story which can be attributed to the quality of its people and their commitment to produce great products and provide exceptional customer service. Their five core values include: customer focus, meaningful contribution, integrity, continuous improvement and teamwork and they are proud to demonstrate these values in everything they do.

From humble beginnings in 1957 to state-of-the-art equipment and technology in 2017, Vintex will continue to expand their capabilities in the decades to come to ensure they retain market leadership and will utilize their proven ability to understand their customers’ needs to continue to Create Success for their customers, those around them and themselves!

 

 

Flexible PVC Matters, Presentation by Steven Wood, CEO of Vintex Inc to the Vinyl Institute of Canada

Vinyl Institute of Canada Presentation September 2016

DINP and California Proposition 65 Summary

What is California Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 is “Right-to-Know” legislation intended to protect the public from exposure to certain substances that are suspected to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Information about Proposition 65 can be found via the following link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/p65faq.html

Proposition 65 applies to products sold in or imported into the State of California that contain one or more listed substances, and where public exposure to the substance(s) could be expected to exceed certain limits. There are currently more than 900 substances listed under the California Proposition 65 list.

Why was DINP added to the Proposition 65 List?

DINP was added to the Proposition 65 list at the end of 2013 based on a series of animal studies indicating that relatively high doses of DINP can cause tumors in rodents. However, this finding is not supported by extensive scientific data and analysis conducted by industry, the American Chemical Council, and multiple regulatory bodies in the USA, EU and Australia who recently found no relationship between DINP exposure and cancer in humans. No published studies of carcinogenic effects on humans were found.

DINP and Vintex products

In 2009, Vintex moved away from all phthalates (including DINP) in all our V-Care and SoffTICK healthcare formulations but we continue to use DINP (click for information about this chemical) as a plasticizer in a number of formulations in our products such as:

  • Athletic mats
  • Ventilation ducting
  • Material handling products


We expect that in most instances, the warning labels specified by Proposition 65 will not be required for vinyl-coated textiles formulated with DINP. Once the “safe harbor” limits are published (expected later in 2014) a more definitive answer will be provided.

Do I have to stop using products made with DINP?

No. California Proposition 65 does not prohibit the use of DINP in California. Depending on the application, the product may simply require a Proposition 65 warning label. Businesses supplying the California market can decide for themselves if they wish to continue to use products that contain DINP. Contact Vintex for more information on alternatives.

Do I have to put a Proposition 65 warning label on my product?

Maybe. For products that contain DINP, the regulation comes into effect in December 2014. The regulation is not based on DINP content, but on the DINP exposure to the public that would be expected to result from normal uses of the product. At this time, the acceptable exposure limit is not known, but there are indications that this information will be available in late 2014. However, until this information is published, and until manufacturers conduct the exposure estimates, there is no way to know for certain if warning labeling will be required. Vintex is working with our suppliers and with industry organizations to better understand the full implications of Proposition 65 on the use of DINP in flexible vinyl products. For more information, please view

Paul Hruska Manager – Regulatory Compliance
Vintex Inc.

Uniply Lite: The Superior Bonded Bed Pad

Institutional laundry environments can be harsh, with the expectation the bed pad needs to endure all conditions whether or not these are regular or isolated circumstances.

Challenges for heavily soiled bed pads can include:

  • chlorine bleach pre and re-wash
  • heavy duty strike extractor technology
  • long pad-life or misuse such as, faulty equipment, batch contamination, and/or process miscalculations

Laundry Chemical Resistance

Vintex’s formulations and fabrics are proven technology for over 30 years. Uniply Lite is backed with a heritage of proven performance. Vintex PVC formulations proven to withstand multiple chemical environments

  • demonstrated to withstand wide variety of commercial laundry chemical systems
  • traditional chlorine sanitizing and or re/pre-wash
  • conversion to peroxide or per-acidic systems

Durability

Vintex’s unique mechanical bonding process fuse various components of the bed pad together delivering up to 50% improved durability to alternatives

  • substantial improvement over laminated construction
  • provides inherent protection against adhesive decomposition and subsequent delamination

Endure Equipment Rigors

Improved laundry efficiencies, decreased cycle times

  • demands on bed pad’s durability has increased

 

Tunnel washer / strike extractor improvements

  • harsh mechanical environments have resulted
  • demands on bed pad strength has increased

Field studies show a unique and verified performance advantage with Uniply Lite over urethane pads Uniply Lite offers superior resistance against strike extractor induced micro-bursts and leaks.

Failure Modes of Urethane Pads

Delamination

Delamination

Strike extractor micro-burst

Strike extractor micro-burst

Thin Film gels

Thin Film gels

Leaks

Leaks

Certified Safe Guard Barrier Systems

All Vintex V‐Care® and SoffTICK® products are now Certified Safe Guard Barrier Systems, meeting phthalate-free and lead‐free CPSIA guidelines.

In response to growing concerns in many healthcare and institutional settings over certain harmful or suspect chemical compounds, all V-Care and SoffTICK fabrics are now certified by Vintex to be manufactured to be free of lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and phthalates to the following levels: (more…)

Domestically Fabricated Bed Pads and Guard Barriers are Safer – The Facts Speak

If your medical facility has been weighing the options between bed pads, pillows, bibs and/or other fabric based products for your patients, safety should be in the forefront of your evaluation criteria. Durability, comfort, cost and other factors also are important in evaluating these products. Fabrication materials however should not be discounted as many offshore textile companies are not subjected to high North American standards of consumer product safety and quality.

79% of offshore products contain lead in excess of North American Standards.
83% of offshore pads contain other heavy metals including cadmium and mercury in excess of North American Standards.
100% of offshore pads contain Phthalate plasticizers, in most cases DEHP (DOP) which is subject to a permanent ban under the CPSIA guidelines in certain products.
92% of offshore pads either delaminate or leak well before 150 laundry cycles.

Vintex Upgrades Barriers to be Certified Lead, Heavy Metal and Phthalate Free 
In response to growing concerns in healthcare and institutional settings over certain harmful chemical compounds, Vintex introduces “Safe Guard Barrier Systems” – the healthier, safer barrier choice. All Vintex Safe Guard Barrier fabrics are certified by an independent third party lab to be free of lead, cadmium, mercury and phthalates. Learn more.