In the 21st century plastic is all around us, from the wires and cabling that connects us to the internet, to the conduits and wiring that run through our houses and businesses, to the infinitely numbered plastic parts on the dashboards of our cars. The majority of plastic is made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and developed by PVC manufacturers in facilities in many countries and across the United States.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the molecular composition of rigid vinyl compounds to produce rigid PVC compounds that maintain their shape or flexible PVC that wraps around other materials. The applications for plastic really are endless and include residential, commercial and industrial items such as:
Manufacturing - grips, handles, knobs, hoses, tubing, suction cups, grommets, vacuum cleaner parts
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, door gaskets, seals for windows or sun roofs, dashboard molding, trim, wires
Building/Construction - weather stripping, seals for windows, exterior trimming pieces
Medicine - tubes, flexible tubing, intravenous feeding. Compounds used in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC compounds designed to provide sanitary and safe conditions.
Electric - cords, wiring harnesses, boots for battery terminals, covers
Wires & Cabling - refrigerator wiring, telephone/internet cabling, automobile cabling and wires
Consciousness for the environment in recent years have spawned the creation of chemical free pliable PVC compounds that are safer for use in children's toys and plastic items that come in contact with food.
Plastics Used In Various Applications