PVC is produced from the polymerisation of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM).  It is a versatile thermoplastic with a wide range of uses including pipes & fittings, profiles, cables, flooring, films & sheets.  At least 50% of the market is driven by the construction/housing industry.

PVC is stable under normal temperatures and pressures but above 80 deg C the resin discolours and evolves hydrogen chloride. Repeated exposure to PVC dust can lead to skin irritation, dermatitis and conjunctivitis. Freshly manufactured PVC can contain traces of toxic VCM, a confirmed human carcinogen. Some progress has been made in reducing the levels of residual VCM in PVC.

ICIS pricing quotes polyvinyl chloride in EuropeUSAsiaChinaMiddle East and Latin America.

To find out more Polyvinyl Chloride Methodology June 2013

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