In the 21st century plastic is part of daily life, from the wires and cables that connect us to the world wide web, to the conduits and wiring that run through our homes and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic pieces on the consoles of our vehicles. The majority of plastic is created using PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and manufactured by PVC compounders in facilities in many countries and across the US.
Plastic specialists are able to change the molecular composition of semi-rigid plastic compounds to create rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that if often used for pliable tubing or other bendable parts. The applications for PVC plastics are varied and infinite and reach across home, business, and manufacturing items including:
Automobile Components - shifting knobs, gaskets for doors, window and sunroof seals, console moldings, trim pieces, wires
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medical - tubing, bendable tubes, intravenous feeding. Compounds used in the medical field use medical grade PVC plastics created for safe food handling and sanitation.
Construction Industry - weather stripping, window sealing, exterior trimming pieces
Wires & Cabling - appliance wiring, communications cables, automobile cabling and wires
Electric - cords, harnesses for wires, boots for battery terminals, covers
Environmental concerns in today's world have spawned the development of phthalate free flexible polyvinyl chloride plastics that are more appropriate to utilize in children's toys and plastic items that come in contact with food.