What is PVC used for?

PVC is one of the most common raw materials in the plastic goods we use every day. It can be mixed with various additives to create a wide range of innovative products with unique properties. Qualities such as flame, abrasion and water resistance, durability, easy maintenance and excellent suitability for processing make PVC suitable for many applications and industries.

Here are some examples:

Building and construction

Total global demand for PVC in 2009 was around 32 million tonnes. 60% of this was used to produce pipes, fittings and profiles.

Why?
PVC is
- lightweight
- resistant to chemical attack
- easy to assemble
- recyclable
- cost efficient


Packaging

PVC is one of the most important plastics used in packaging to protect and preserve products. It protects against contamination by helping to prevent the spread of germs during manufacture, distribution and display. Approximately 500 thousand tonnes of PVC are used in packaging in Europe every year. The main formats are rigid film (about 60%), flexible film such as cling film (11%) and closures (caps and plugs).

Why?
PVC is
- flexible
- versatile
- light
- cost efficient
- transparent
- tough
- safe

 

Electric and electronics

PVC is an excellent material for cable and wire insulation and cable sheaths. Some examples are cables for vehicle ignition, connection of machine parts and lighting systems.

Why?
PVC is
- fire resistant
- flame resistant
- an excellent insulant
- easy to process
- durable
- lightweight