Soft PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a very traditional material that originated in the 1930s. Soft PVC has exceptional properties and a perfect price/performance ratio.
Are you looking for an affordable material with good optical properties, chemical resistance and high wear resistance? Then soft PVC could be a good option for your product.
PVC has very good insulating properties and is flame retardant, making it a popular material in the electronics industry. Soft PVC can also be widely used as a sealing material due to its good chemical and UV resistance.
In addition, soft PVC has excellent adhesive and printing properties, giving it clear advantages over thermoplastic elastomers in this respect.
A major disadvantage of soft PVC is its poor reputation. In the past, soft PVC contained phthalates as plasticisers, which were harmful to health. Although these substances are still used in some parts of the world, we only work with phthalate-free materials manufactured in Europe. The fact that many of the soft PVC types we use are approved for use in toys proves that PVC is still a popular material today.
Thermoplastic elastomers are used in a wide variety of markets for different purposes: sealing, insulation, soft grip or as a 2-component product combining hard and soft in one product.