In the 21st century plastic parts are part of daily life, from the computer cabling that connects us to the internet, to the conduits and wiring that run through our homes and the places we work, to the endless plastic pieces on the consoles of our cars. Most plastics are created using Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and developed by PVC compounders in plants in many countries and throughout the US.
Chemical engineers are able to vary the chemical properties of rigid plastic alloys to produce rigid PVC compounds that don't bend easily or flexible PVC that wraps around other objects. The applications for PVC plastics are varied and infinite and reach across home, business, and manufacturing products including:
Automotive Parts - shifting knobs, door gaskets, window and sunroof seals, dashboard molding, trim, wiring
Manufacturing - handles, grips, hoses, tubing, knobs, suction cups, grommets, parts
Medical - tubes, bendable tubes, intravenous feeding. Plastics used in the medical field are made from medical grade PVC compounds developed to provide sanitary and safe environments.
Construction Industry - weather stripping, seals for windows, exterior trimming pieces
Wires & Cabling - appliance wires, communications cables, automotive cables and wiring
Electrical - power cords, wiring harnesses, battery terminal boots, covers
Consciousness for the environment in recent years have spawned the creation of phthalate plasticizers free pliable polyvinyl chloride plastics that are safer to utilize in children's toys and vinyl compounds involved in food processing.