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Rigid & Flexible PVC Products

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a thermoplastic material that can be melted repeatedly at certain temperatures and will harden upon cooling. This process makes PVC strong, lightweight, and durable making it an ideal material for a variety of applications.

PVC comes in two basic forms: rigid PVC (also known as uPVC or RPVC) and flexible (soft) PVC.

Rigid and flexible PVC is a cost-effective solution that can be combined with a broad range of additives to enhance performance versatility. Thanks to a wide hardness range, good resistances, and other PVC properties, this material is an appealing option for everything from automotive to medical applications.



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Properties

  • Common Names: PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
    • Max Continual Use Temperature: 60°C | 140°F
  • Physical Properties
    • Tensile Strength: 2.60 N/mm2
    • Notched Impact Strength: 2.0-45 Kj/m2
    • Thermal Coefficient of expansion: 80 x 10-6
    • Density 1.38 g/cm3
  • Resistance
    • Flame Resistance: Very Good
    • UV Resistance: Excellent 
    • Ozone Resistance: Excellent
  • Chemical Resistance
    • Dilute Acid: Very Good
    • Dilute Alkalis: Very Good
    • Oils and Greases: Good (variable)
    • Aliphatic Hydrocarbons: Very Good
    • Halogenated Hydrocarbons: Moderate (variable)
    • Alcohols: Good (variable)
    • Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Poor


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Applications

Rigid (uPVC, RPVC) Applications

Construction

  • Pipe, Drain tubing
  • Extrusion profiles for window and door frames
  • Clear OD/ID tubing for gas furnaces

Flexible PVC Applications

Electrical

  • Coated wire and cable

Automotive

  • Protective strips
  • Moldings, exterior side molding
  • Seat coverings
  • Interior door panels and pockets

Medical

  • Surgical equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug delivery
  • Medical packaging


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Benefits & Advantages

PVC is a tough material with many benefits and advantages.

  • Ideal for cabinet door seals
  • Easy to process and blend
  • Resistant to grease, oil, and chemicals makes it effective for use in the automotive and medical industries
  • Resistant to bad weather conditions - does not corrode and is very durable
  • Flame resistant with fire prevention properties - difficult to ignite, and without a powerful external flame, will not continue to burn
  • Compatible with a variety of additives - allows PVC to be clear or colored, rigid or flexible
  • Excellent electrical insulation properties - ideal for use in cables

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