In the 21st century plastic parts are all around us, from the computer cabling that connects us to the internet, to the conduits and wiring that run through our houses and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic parts on the dashboards of our vehicles. The majority of plastic is made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and manufactured by PVC suppliers in plants around the world and across the US.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the chemical properties of rigid vinyl compounds to create rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that if often used for pliable tubing or other flexible applications. The applications for PVC plastics really are endless and include residential, commercial and industrial products including:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, gaskets for doors, seals for windows or sun roofs, console molding, trim, wires
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medical - tubes, flexible tubing, food IVs. Compounds used in medicinal applications use medical grade PVC plastics designed for safe food handling and sanitation.
Building/Construction - window stripping, window sealing, outside trimming pieces
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wires, communications cabling, automobile cables and wiring
Electrical - cords, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, covers
Consciousness for the environment in today's world have spawned the development of phthalate free pliable polyvinyl chloride compounds that are safer to utilize in children's toys and vinyl compounds that come in contact with food.