Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride is one of the most widely produced synthetic plastic polymers. PVC is generally available in both rigid and flexible forms. The rigid form of PVC (sometimes referred to as RPVC) is used in the manufacturing of pipes for plumbing, doors, and windows used in the construction industry, and even commercially in the manufacturing of credit cards, bottles and certain packaging.

For PVC to be suitable for use in the insulation and jacketing of wire and cable, plasticizers are added to the polymer to make it softer, more flexible and easier to extrude. A semi-rigid PVC (SRPVC) is also available where additional flexibility is desired. PVC is safe for use in medical and food-related purposes as it is odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic. 

Performance of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) for Wire and Cable Insulation and Jacketing

Temperature Range          -55°C to 105°C
Flame Resistance          Excellent
Chemical Resistance          Excellent
Durability          Good
Flexibility          Good
UV Resistance          Excellent

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is suitable for both wire insulation and final cable jacketing.