Product Stewardship Case-Study: Best Practice in PVC Additives

Phasing out lead: an industry wide commitment

Additives are essential to the PVC industry. These additives are what allows PVC to be successfully processed, and they give the PVC end products their useful properties – be it stiffness, flexibility, fire resistance, transparency, heat resistance, good weatherability, etc.

Historically, lead-based stabilisers were the material of choice for many applications; they were relatively inexpensive and offered good heat and light stability, electrical resistance and mechanical properties. However, community concern, the potential for worker exposure and possible release of lead to the environment from landfill waste led to industry interest in phasing out the use of lead-based stabilisers in PVC applications.

Read about how Chemson "lead" the way.