The Many Industries That Use PVC
In the modern world plastic is part of daily life, from the computer cabling that connects us to the internet, to the conduits and wiring that run through our homes and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic parts on the consoles of our cars. Almost every type of plastic piece, conduit or piping begins as a flexible polyvinyl chloride compound and is created using a mold.
Plastic specialists have the ability to vary the chemical properties of semi-rigid vinyl blends to create rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that if often used for soft tubes or other bendable applications. The uses for plastic are varied and infinite and include home, business, and manufacturing items including:
Automotive Parts - shifters, gaskets for doors, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard molding, trim, wiring
Industrial - grips, handles, knobs, hoses, tubing, suction cups, grommets, vacuum cleaner parts
Medicine - tubes, flexible tubing, food IVs. Compounds used in medicinal applications are made from medical grade PVC compounds developed to provide safe and sanitary conditions.
Construction Industry - weather stripping, window sealing, exterior trim
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wiring, communications cabling, automotive cabling and wires
Electrical - cords, harnesses for wires, boots for battery terminals, covers
These industries can produce components without resorting to metals, glass, and other materials. This allows businesses create less heavy, less expensive products. Another benefit of vinyl blends is their resistance to corrosion.
Environmental concerns in recent years have led to the creation of chemical free flexible PVC compounds that are more appropriate to utilize in toys and plastic items that come in contact with food.
Plastics Used In Various Applications