How is PVC used?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most used plastics in the world. Global polyvinyl chloride use exceeds 40 million tonnes per year, and the demand is growing. At a global level, PVC use grows by an average of 3% per year, with higher growth rates in developing countries.

In EU-28, about 6.5 million tonnes of PVC products are manufactured every year. Annual European consumption of PVC resin totals 5 million tonnes - 10% of all plastics used in Europe

Due to its exceptional versatility, PVC is found in an endless array of products that, in one way or another, enhance our daily lives.

How PVC is used


What is PVC used for?

The diversity of PVC applications challenges the imagination. In everyday life, they are all around us. PVC is used for everything from construction profiles to medical devices, from roofing membranes to credit cards, and from children’s toys to pipes for water and gas. Few other materials are as versatile or able to fulfil such demanding specifications. In this way, PVC fosters creativity and innovation, making new possibilities available every day.

Why use PVC?
Simply because PVC products make life safer, bring comfort and joy, and help conserve natural resources and combat climate change. And due to an excellent cost-performance ratio, PVC allows people of all income levels access to these crucial benefits.

How does PVC contribute to a safer world?
There are many reasons why PVC and safety are inseparable. Due to unsurpassed technical properties, PVC is the most used material for life-saving, disposable, medical devices. For instance, medical tubing of PVC does not kink or break and is easy to sterilise.

Because of inherent fire resistance, wire and cables sheathed with PVC prevent potentially fatal electrical accidents.

Further, PVC is a strong material. When used for car components, PVC thus helps to reduce the risk of injuries in case of accidents.

How does PVC help to conserve natural resources and combat climate change?
Because PVC is intrinsically a low-carbon material which consumes less primary energy than many other materials and is easy to recycle.

Also, most PVC products are very long lasting and require a minimum of maintenance and repair. For instance, the service life of PVC water and sewage piping is more than 100 years. And modern cars last many years longer simply because PVC protects the underside from water and corrosion.

I find plastics products rather dull. What about aesthetics?
Outstanding functional and environmental performance are by no means all that PVC has to offer. Artists have used PVC extensively for decades, and PVC plays a distinguished role in beauty and aesthetics. In fashion, furniture and all types of indoor and outdoor accessories, PVC opens up functional and design opportunities that are both visually striking and fundamentally practical. In short, PVC enables us to live better, richer and, perhaps, even more beautiful lives.