Americhem PVC Compounds & Masterbatch

What is PVC?

PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is an amorphous resin that comes in two basic forms: rigid or rPVC and flexible. It can be made softer and more flexible by the addition of plasticizers such as phthalates. PVC has a simple structure consisting of carbon and hydrogen but differs from other commodities by the addition of chlorine in its structure.

The Americhem Advantage in PVC

Americhem has years of proven experience in rigid PVC, or rPVC, and was on the forefront of providing solutions when vinyl siding was first introduced to the industry. Americhem is also the leading supplier for rigid and flexible compounds for the automotive industry. We’ve leveraged our decades of color masterbatch, additive, and compounding expertise to become a total solutions provider and drive innovation in PVC markets.

Rigid PVC, or rPVC,

is used in construction applications such as pipe and profile extrusions for vinyl siding, doors, window, and as decking capstocks. It is also used in automotive extrusions, primarily as the rigid portion of a coextruded seal.


is also used in making bottles, non-food packaging, food-covering sheets, and cards (such as hotel or membership cards).

In the flexible form,

applications include plumbing, electrical cable insulation, medical packaging and tubing, imitation leather, flooring, signage, inflatable products, and many applications to replace rubber. It is used widely in the automotive industry, especially for window encapsulation and interior soft trim.


Rigid PVC is a low density, cost effective material that has high hardness and mechanical properties, excellent chemical resistance, and insulating properties. Its self-extinguishing properties make it an ideal material to achieve Class A fire ratings. When made into a flexible PVC compound, it retains good durability, feel, colorability, and weathering performance.


using highly proven pigment palettes for lowest heat build


additives for enhanced weathering performance


pre-color compounds for enhanced weatherability, gloss control, and dark colors


technology for simulated woodgrain appearance specifically formulated for our ePVC™ compound