In the 21st century plastic is all around us, from the wires and cables that connect us to the internet, to the conduits and wiring that wind around our homes and the places we work, to the endless plastic parts on the dashboards of our cars. Just about every kind of non-metal piece, conduit or piping begins as a flexible polyvinyl chloride compound and is made with a mold.
Chemical engineers have the ability to change the chemical properties of semi-rigid chemical blends to produce rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that if often used for pliable tubing or other flexible parts. The uses for plastic are varied and infinite and include home, business, and manufacturing products such as:
Manufacturing - grips, handles, knobs, hoses, tubing, suction cups, grommets, vacuum cleaner parts
Automobile Components - shifters, door gaskets, window and sunroof seals, dashboard moldings, trim pieces, wiring
Construction Industry - window stripping, seals for windows, outside trim
Medical - tubes, bendable tubes, food IVs. Plastics used in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC plastics designed for safe food handling and sanitation.
Electric - power supply cording, harnesses for wires, battery terminal boots, covers
Cables & Wiring - appliance wires, telephone/internet cabling, automotive cables and wiring
Environmental concerns in today's world have spawned the creation of chemical free pliable PVC plastics that are safer for use in toys and plastic items that come in contact with food.