Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride, popularly referred to as PVC, is the world’s third most used synthetic plastic polymer – next to polyethylene and polypropylene. Naturally white and brittle, PVCs are prevalent in construction, healthcare and food preparation applications.

So, what do you know about PVC?


PVC was accidentally discovered, not once but twice! It was first discovered in 1835 by the French chemist, Henri Victor Regnault. And then, German Eugen Baumann discovered PVC again in 1872.

In both of these cases, the polymer was tested in a vinyl chloride flask. The flask turns a white solid when exposed to sunlight.


Although the first two discoverers wrote about the polymer, neither of them patented PVC… fools, I hear you cry!

It wasn’t until 1913 that plastic was more or less perfected by one of the world’s most famed chemists, Waldo Semon.


PVC is a white, brittle, malleable solid. And, it goes through a rigorous process before it can be turned into a material that improves our lifestyle.


Plasticizing refers to the process of adding plasticity or viscosity to the white solid material for commercial use. Waldo Semon first introduced this in 1926, when PVC began to be widely used in life.


PVC is a widely sought after material for various applications due to its extreme durability. Resistant to weathering, rotting, abrasion and chemical corrosion, these key characteristics can be beneficial for many different uses.

A recent study by the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) demonstrated that PVC can last up to 70 years in some cases – providing reliable service throughout its entire lifespan.

On top of that, it is low-cost and lightweight; two reasons why it continues to be the material of choice for industries that include IT, transportation and textiles.

PVCu and uPVC

Ever wondered what the difference is…? Well, PVCu and uPVC are one in the same thing!

The “U” stands for un-plasticised – alternative stabilizers and additives used for this application. So the material can resist harsh weather conditions and UV rays.

To further explain; uPVC changed to PVCu in 1980 because most European languages place the noun (PVC) before the adjective.


Like all thermoplastic, PVC is ripe for recycling. PVCu can be reshaped at very high temperatures; giving it great recycling possibilities.


PVCu is a versatile material – it can come in a variety of colors and finishes, making it ideal for slabs and flooring materials. Therefore, the main application of PVCu is in homes, gyms and work areas.

Vinyl Records

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the boom of the record industry paved the way to its earliest mass market application. To this day, you can still find old vinyl records that are a living testament to the durability of this resilient material.

Whether you are planning to purchase the products or if you were simply curious about PVC, we have explained some interesting facts that you really ought to know about this top-grade material! For a wide range of PVC products, contact Green PVC today on +84 902.267.398!

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