Australian Vinyls (AV) sells a range of PVC resin grades. The grade of the resin is determined by the type of product to be fabricated. Our customers make a wide variety of products, for both the domestic and export markets, from PVC resin sold by AV.
AV has a supply agreement for PVC resin with Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC), one of the largest manufacturers of PVC globally, and is able to supply resin in bulk containers, bulk bags and 25kg bags.
PVC resin is classified as a non-hazardous substance by both the Australian Safety and Compensation Commission criteria and the criteria nominated in transport legislation.
PVC – distinctive properties:
- fire resistant
- easy to install
- low maintenance
- relatively low embodied energy
- non toxic
- cost competitive
- excellent thermal and acoustic properties
Over 85% of all PVC consumption in Australia is in the building and infrastructure sectors. PVC is durable making it suitable for long-term applications such as pipes and fittings, cable insulation, floor coverings, window profiles, cladding and roof membranes.
Other uses are in short to medium-term applications such as packaging, medical devices, toys, stationery, fashion and household products. A number of performance advantages means PVC now replaces many traditional materials.
Building and construction
PVC – material of choice in the building and construction sector:
- potable water, waste and stormwater pipe distribution systems
- wire and cable insulation and electrical conduit
- window frames
- swimming pools
- garage doors
- wall and floor coverings
- permanent formwork
PVC is a leading product in our modern building and construction industry. PVC products make a major contribution to the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of construction materials and may contribute to the sustainability of completed projects. PVC is the most widely used polymer in building and construction applications. The building and construction industry accounts for approximately two thirds of Australia’s annual PVC consumption.
PVC demonstrates its versatility in the packaging market where it is used for both rigid containers and flexible packaging. Rigid packaging includes containers such as cordial bottles and strawberry punnets. Food wrap is a flexible packaging.
Flexible PVC has exceptionally good stretch and recovery characteristics as well as transparency. It is a preferred material for supermarket meat wrapping as the material's gas and moisture permeability allows oxygenation. This permeability prevents the discolouration and dehydration of fresh meat.
'Blister packs' commonly used for packaging pharmaceuticals are also fabricated from PVC.
PVC products are used in industries which require the most exacting standards to protect their consumers. For instance, PVC’s unique characteristics mean it is an ideal choice for manufacturing healthcare products and children’s toys.
In healthcare, plasticised PVC products, including flexible tubing, intravenous bags, catheters and protective gloves are regularly used by practitioners.