In the 21st century plastic is part of daily life, from the computer cabling that connects us to the world wide web, to the conduits and wiring that wind around our homes and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic parts on the consoles of our cars. The majority of plastics are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and developed by PVC compound companies in plants around the world and across the US.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the molecular composition of rigid vinyl blends to create rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that bends around other objects. The uses for PVC plastics are varied and infinite and reach across residential, commercial and industrial products such as:
Automotive Parts - shifters, door gaskets, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard moldings, trim pieces, wires
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medicine - tubing, bendable tubing, food IVs. Compounds used in medicinal applications use medical grade PVC plastics designed for safety and sanitation.
Building/Construction - window stripping, window sealing, exterior trimming pieces
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wiring, communications cabling, automobile cabling and wires
Electrical - power cords, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, shields
Consciousness for the environment in today's world have spawned the creation of esters of phthalic acid free flexible polyvinyl chloride compounds that are safer for use in toys and plastic items involved in food processing.