AMERICHEM PVC COMPOUNDS & MASTERBATCH SOLUTIONS

When deciding whether to specify polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a material of choice, know that PVC manufacturers offer it in a variety of forms. PVC can be produced to create dense, rigid products or soft, flexible ones. Americhem leads the industry with PVC compounds and masterbatch solutions developed to meet our customers’ unique requirements. Get your questions answered here about PVC and our custom PVC plastic solutions.

What is PVC?

PVC is an abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic polymer commonly known as vinyl that has become one of the most widely used types of plastics today. Polyvinyl chloride manufacturers typically supply PVC compounds in two primary forms: rigid PVC (rPVC) and flexible PVC. Rigid PVC compounds are ideal for construction applications like hard pipes and decking, whereas flexible PVC compounds are suitable for different uses like cable insulation.

THE AMERICHEM ADVANTAGE IN PVC

As a leading PVC manufacturer, Americhem has over 40 years of proven experience developing custom PVC materials for a variety of industries. We were at the forefront of providing rigid PVC solutions when vinyl siding was first introduced to the exterior market as a replacement for aluminum. Americhem is also a preferred PVC supplier for the automotive industry, where precise adjustments to its material properties help meet exact performance, quality and weight requirements.

We’ve leveraged our decades of color masterbatch, additive, compounding expertise and advanced testing capabilities to become a total solutions partner committed to setting the standard for quality, consistency and cost-efficiency. Americhem PVC compounds and masterbatch products are part of our broad range of innovative materials created to help our clients achieve unimagined success today and tomorrow.

WHAT IS PVC MADE OF?

The raw materials in PVC are derived from salt and oil. It has an amorphous molecular structure consisting of mainly carbon and hydrogen with polar chlorine atoms bound to every other carbon chain. The chemical formula of polyvinyl chloride is (C2H3Cl)n.

PVC can be made softer and more flexible through the addition of plasticizers such as phthalates. Depending on how much plasticizer is added to a PVC compound, its physical characteristics will vary. PVC can also be tailored during the manufacturing process to achieve other desired characteristics, including enhanced chemical and weather resistance.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PVC?

Polyvinyl chloride is a highly versatile material that has gained immense popularity. Rigid PVC and flexible PVC have their own pros and cons, but generally speaking, PVC offers a modern alternative to traditional materials with significant advantages. The physical properties of PVC also provide designers a high degree of freedom when developing new products.

PVC ADVANTAGES:
  • Highly durable
  • Can be rigid and flexible
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Weather resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Good mechanical strength
  • Low electrical conductivity
  • Cost-effective
  • Ease of processability
  • Resists moisture whitening
Pipes
Vinyl siding
Windows and doors
Decking
Bottles
Packaging
Swipe cards
Plumbing
Electrical insulation
Flooring
Apparel
Interior car parts
Railing
Roof
OUR PVC MATERIAL OFFERINGS

Rigid PVC is a low density, cost-effective material with 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. In communities where structures are at risk from wildfires, our PVC-based capstocks can be designed to meet Wildlife Urban Interface (WUI) building standards. When made into a flexible form, PVC retains good durability, feel, colorability and weathering performance. Americhem’s polyvinyl chloride products are produced for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion manufacturing processes.

Masterbatches

using highly proven pigment palettes for lowest heat build

ValuPak™

additives for enhanced weathering performance

ePVC™

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

nGrain®

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