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Advantages of Flexible PVC (vs. other Polymers)

  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Safe
  • Chemically resistant
  • Easily processed by a wide variety of different types of equipment
  • Readily modified (hardness, color, texture, density physical properties etc. can be easily and greatly varied)
  • Products are most appealing to end-users
  • Recyclable
  • Printable, paintable, easily adhered to
  • Foamable
  • Thoroughly tested and long used in many end products
  • Ideally suited for use in certain medical products including blood bags
  • Non-flammable
  • Inherently non thermally conductive
  • Inherently non electrically conductive
  • More elastic than other high volume thermoplastics
  • Easily made relatively permeable to certain gases
  • Heat and radio frequency energy weldable
  • Sparing of finite hydrocarbon natural resources in its manufacture
  • Comparable to other high volume thermoplastics in life cycle analyses
  • Blendable/alloyable with other polymers
  • Widely available worldwide

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