From the alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning to the house that keeps you comfortable and safe at night, vinyl plays a vital role in your everyday life. It is truly one material with infinite uses.
Vinyl, also known as PVC or polyvinyl chloride, is composed of two simple building blocks: chlorine, based on common salt, and ethylene, from natural gas. By employing further chemistry, vinyl can be made flexible, rigid or semi-liquid; clear or colorful; thick or thin – making it the world’s most versatile plastic material.
Vinyl products can be found in just about every home or business, in hundreds of different uses and product sectors. Because of the physical nature of this versatile plastic, vinyl can be rigid or flexible, weather or heat resistant, impact resistant, thick or thin, and any color of the rainbow. Learn more.
U.S. vinyl resin producers manufacture approximately 15 billion pounds of PVC resin annually. 10.3 billion pounds are consumed domestically, and nearly five billion pounds are exported. Learn more.
Over the past three decades, the vinyl industry has focused on continuous performance improvements in the manufacturing of PVC resin, making vinyl products more sustainable. The vinyl industry has an OSHA recordable injury rate that is ¼th that of the overall chemical industry, and 1/7th the rate of overall manufacturing. Overall unit vinyl chloride emissions have declined 83 percent over the past 26 years, while vinyl resin manufacturing has increased 82 percent during the same time period. Learn more.