Polyvinyl Chloride – PVC for short – has become ubiquitous in the world of plastic manufacturing. In fact, it now accounts for roughly one-fifth of plastic manufactured in the world, despite the fact that it’s been in commercial use for less than a century.
The rapid rise in use of the synthetic polymer can be credited to its many positive qualities. Here are a few of them:
Part of the reason PVC is so popular is that it can be used to create such a variety of goods. It can be pliable enough to serve as plastic wrap, yet rigid enough to be an industrial pipe. It can be either thick or thin, completely clear or any color you need.
PVC has a natural resistance to weathering that makes it the perfect material for siding, roofing, windows, and other outdoor products. Additionally, it’s not prone to damaging easily, making it a long-lasting material.
PVC is known as a quality insulator as it doesn’t conduct heat or electricity. Because of this, it’s often used for electronic cables. In general, PVC enhances products that produce electricity and/or heat by keeping consumers safe from fire and electrocution.
PVC is used to make a lot of medical products because it’s clean and largely resistant to germs. The medical equipment then is more likely to remain sterile and not spread infection after a procedure.
PVC has some “green” attributes, making it an attractive choice in a world that’s increasingly environmentally conscious. It has a small carbon footprint compared to other plastic products. It’s fully recyclable and reprocesses well. PVC windows are known to cut down on energy bills.
PVC truly is an incredibly useful and versatile material that’s used to make a wide variety of products we use each day. If you’re interested in learning more about how Piper Plastics use PVC to enhance products, feel free to contact us today!