Polyvinyl chloride is one of the world’s most widely used plastics. Its acceptance comes from the plastics versatility – it can be utilized in rigid compounds or blended with plasticizers to produce flexible plastic grades.
Applications: Almost three-quarters of rigid PVC plastic produced goes into building and construction applications. Most is processed via extrusion into products such as pipe, siding, and window profiles. Packaging is another major market for PVC plastic. Rigid grades are blown into bottles and made into sheets for thermoforming boxes and blister packs. Flexible compounds are made into food wrap. Other markets for PVC plastics include wire and cable coating, flooring, garden hose, and toys.