In the 21st century plastic is all around us, from the wires and cabling that connects us to the world wide web, to the conduits and wiring that run through our houses and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic pieces on the dashboards of our cars. Most plastic is made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and developed by PVC manufacturers in facilities in many countries and throughout the United States.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the molecular composition of rigid chemical composition to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that wraps around other materials. The applications for plastic are varied and infinite and include residential, commercial and industrial items such as:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, gaskets for doors, window and sunroof seals, dashboard molding, trim pieces, wiring
Industrial - grips, handles, knobs, hoses, tubing, suction cups, grommets, vacuum cleaner parts
Medicine - tubes, flexible tubes, intravenous feeding. Plastics found in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC compounds developed for safe food handling and sanitation.
Building/Construction - window stripping, seals for windows, outside trimming pieces
Cables & Wiring - refrigerator wiring, telephone/internet cables, automobile cabling and wiring
Electrical - power cords, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, covers
Consciousness for the environment in today's world have led to the development of chemical free flexible PVC compounds that are more appropriate for use in children's toys and vinyl compounds that come in contact with food.
Plastics Used In Various Industries