Soft PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is a very traditional material, which originated in the 1930s. Soft PVC is a material with special properties, and has a perfect price/quality ratio.
Are you looking for an inexpensive material with great visual properties, chemical resistance and durability? Then soft PVC would be a very good option for your product.
PVC has very good insulation properties and can be made to be very fire-retardant, which is why it is very often used in the electronics industry. It can also be used as a sealing material, thanks to its good chemical and UV resistance.
In addition, soft PVC is easy to glue and print on, giving it clear advantages as opposed to thermoplastic elastomers.
A disadvantage of soft PVC is its bad reputation. Soft PVC used to contain Phthalate-based plasticisers, which were toxic to human health. Though these substances are still used in some parts of the world, we only work with phthalate-free materials produced in Europe. The fact that most of the soft PVCs we use are approved for use in toys shows that soft PVC is a high-demand material now as well.
Typical properties of soft PVC are:
To find out more on the properties of soft PVC and the options it can offer for your application, contact us and our material experts will provide you with the information you need.