Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a plastic that is used in large quantities in many different areas.
It is hard and brittle, but the elasticity of polyvinyl chloride can be widely varied by adding different substances. PVC is also very toxic and carcinogenic.
PVC is 100% water-repellent and is resistant to acids, alkalis, alcohol, oil and petrol. PVC is attacked by acetone, ether, benzene, chloroform, and concentrated hydrochloric acid. PVC can be formed at temperatures of 120-150°C.
PVC is best known for its use in floor coverings. Most of the PVC produced is used in the construction sector, e. g. in pipelines, apparatus and cables.