Most of us use polyvinyl chloride (PVC, or vinyl) everyday.
Around our homes, PVC is used in a wide range of products: pipes for our fresh water, drainage pipes, floor coverings, window frames, cabling, toys, pool membranes, kitchen cabinetry, wall cladding and food packaging.
PVC is equally useful at work where you will find PVC in furniture, stationery and in the equipment we use.
Not only can PVC be made into rigid or flexible products, it can be made as either a coloured or transparent material. Other properties are:
- Cost effective
- Resistant to light
- Heat resistant
- Low maintenance
- Flame retardant
- Low electrical conductivity
- Impervious to water and many other liquids
- Hygienic and easily cleaned
Not surprisingly, PVC is the one of the most common plastics and has been in wide scale use for over 60 years. It is one of the most researched and thoroughly tested materials in the world. It meets Australian and international standards for safety and health for the applications for which it is used.