Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a major plastics material which finds widespread use in building, transport, packaging, electrical/electronic and healthcare applications. PVC is a very durable and long lasting construction material which can be used in a variety of applications, either rigid or flexible, white or black and a wide range of colours in between. Due to its very nature, PVC is used widely in many industries and provides very many popular and necessary products.
PVC’s major benefit is its compatibility with many different kinds of additives, making it a highly versatile polymer. PVC can be plasticized to make it flexible for use in flooring and medical products. Rigid PVC, also known as PVC-U (the U stands for “un-plasticized”) is used extensively in building applications such as window frames and cladding. Its compatibility with additives also allows for the possible addition of flame retardants although PVC is intrinsically fire retardant because of the presence of chlorine in the polymer matrix.
PVC has excellent electrical insulation properties, making it ideal for cabling applications. Its good impact strength and weatherproof attributes make it ideal for construction products.
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