16 June, 2016

Eco-friendly Additives in PVC Films Make them Non-Toxic and Leads to their Increased Adoption

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a prominent thermoplastic homopolymer and one of the most widely produced synthetic materials. PVC comes in two basic forms—rigid and flexible—and has wide spectrum of applications across various industrial & municipal sectors., PVCs are widely used in making sewage pipes and various sanitary sewer pipe applications, especially in the U.S, since the materials has high chemical and biological resistance properties. The pipes made of PVC materials can be bent at the desired places through different fusing processes; these pipes are used to supply water in residential areas over long distances and the joints are impervious to any leakage. In addition, they have wide-ranging applications for making pipe fittings & conduits, vinyl flooring & siding, cable coatings, gaskets, electrical insulation, and hoses. PVC films of different types, such as K films, are manufactured using various environment-friendly processes. These films are made free of any heavy metal compounds and are often recyclable; they are used to make a range of stationery products found in many office and school applications

Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipes are widely used in various residential water supply piping systems and are considered environmentally safe in some developed nations, such as the U.S. Buried PVC pipes are used in different municipal applications including drinking water distribution and wastewater mains. Manufacturers use a range of plasticizer and stabilizer along with impact modifiers to alter the properties of PVC; the additives make PVC films more flexible and hence suitable for various food packaging applications. Flexible films are chemically inert and resilient that makes them suitable in manufacturing bottles that stores edible oil, liquor, toiletries and other household products.

Rising awareness on adverse environmental concerns of using PVC films was a key restraining factor that hindered the growth of the market over the past decade. However, recent technological advances in PVC manufacturing by companies such as DuPont, Teknor Apex, and the DOW Chemical Company are proactive in developing eco-friendly and less toxic formulations to make various food packaging materials. The market players are actively promoting the use of bio-based plasticizers and phthalates with high molecular weight to make safe formulations. These developments are likely to boost the growth of PVC films market across various regions. When softened with phthalates, PVC finds applications in making medical devices, such as intravenous (IV) bags, blood and respiratory tubing, feeding tubes, catheters, and heart bypass tubing. Recent R&D activities have focused on developing new stabilization systems that are less toxic than cadmium- and lead-based stabilizers used previously; this is likely to make PVC films suitable for food wraps, medical device packaging, blister packaging and other specialized applications such as in making technical films.

Recent technological advances in PVC manufacturing and the launch of many eco-friendly PVC formulations at low price have led to the growth of the PVC films market across the globe, especially in China. Recently, Prof Research Reports has added a report titled “Global and Chinese PVC Film Industry, 2011-2021 Market Research Report”. The analysis offers key dynamics, emerging trends, applications, profile of manufacturers, and strategies of the market players in expanding their presence across various regions; recent technological advancements that shape up the competitive landscape scenario are extensively analyzed in the report.

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