Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- A highly versatile plastic, PVC can be classified into hard and soft PVC according to their differing properties and application fields
- A fluid transition between hard and soft PVC means that co-extrusion is possible to combine the hard and soft variants to suit certain applications
- Extremely weather-resistant, it is frequently used in the construction industry
PVC is not affected by light and weather, making it ideal for outdoor construction profiles. Resistant to numerous chemicals, its smooth surface also prevents the settlement of bacteria. Cables made of PVC are resistant to UV radiation and moisture; even when bending a heated cable, there is no cracking making it the insulator of choice for normal households and high-voltage lines. The permanent utilisation temperature of hard PVC is between -5 and 70 °C. For soft PVC this is between -20 and 55 °C.
Hard PVC is frequently used in the production of window profiles, pipes, flooring and roof panes in the construction sector. Window profiles are easy-care, low maintenance and resistant to weather influences, and can be manufactured in a variety of colors and finishes. Credit cards and similar cards such as prepaid calling cards are most often made of PVC.
Broad application uses
Soft PVC is frequently used as an insulation material for electrical cables, outlet sockets and insertion tubes for cables due to its flame resistance properties. It is also often used for flooring, shoes or cosmetics tubes. PVC has also become indispensable in the medical sector, where it is used for gloves, infusion tubes, components for artificial heart valves and dialysis equipment.
Solutions with polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
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