In the 21st century plastic parts are 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 houses and businesses, to the endless plastic pieces on the dashboards of our cars. The majority of plastics are created using Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and developed by PVC compounders in facilities around the world and across the United States.
Plastic specialists have the ability to change the chemical properties of rigid plastic blends to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that if often used for soft tubes or other flexible applications. The applications for PVC plastics really are endless and include residential, commercial and industrial products including:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, door gaskets, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard moldings, trim pieces, wires
Industrial - grips, handles, knobs, hoses, tubing, suction cups, grommets, vacuum cleaner parts
Medical - tubing, bendable tubing, food IVs. Compounds used in medicinal applications are made from medical grade PVC plastics created to provide sanitary and safe environments.
Building/Construction - weather stripping, seals for windows, exterior trimming pieces
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wires, communications cables, automotive cabling and wires
Electrical - power supply cording, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, shields
All these industries can manufacture components without resorting to metals, glass, and other materials. This allows businesses build lighter, cheaper products. Another benefit of chemical blends is their resistance to corrosion.
Environmental concerns in recent years have spawned the development of phthalate free pliable PVC compounds that are more appropriate for use in toys and vinyl compounds that come in contact with food.