In the modern world plastic is all around us, from the wires and cables that connect us to the world wide web, to the electrical wiring and conduits that wind around our homes and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic pieces on the dashboards of our vehicles. The majority of plastics are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and developed by PVC suppliers in plants around the world and throughout the US.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the chemical properties of rigid chemical composition to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that if often used for soft tubing or other flexible applications. The applications for PVC plastics really are endless and include residential, commercial and industrial products including:
Industrial - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Automotive Parts - shifters, door gaskets, window and sunroof seals, dashboard molding, trim, wiring
Construction Industry - weather stripping, window sealing, outside trim
Medical - tubes, bendable tubes, food IVs. Compounds found in medicinal applications use medical grade PVC plastics developed for safety and sanitation.
Electrical - power supply cording, wiring harnesses, battery terminal boots, covers
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wiring, communications cabling, automobile cables and wires
These industries can manufacture components without having to use glass, metals, and other materials. This allows factories build lighter, less expensive products. Another benefit of plastic blends is their resistance to corrosion.
Environmental concerns in recent years have spawned the development of esters of phthalic acid free flexible PVC plastics that are safer for use in toys and plastic items involved in food processing.
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