Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, was discovered in the late 1800s. Scientists observing vinyl chloride, a newly-made chemical gas, learned that when the gas was exposed to sunlight, it underwent a chemical reaction now recognized as polymerization. This resulted in a solid material, but it was difficult to work with.
In the 1920s, scientists were attempting to develop a synthetic rubber to replace natural rubber, which had become quite costly. Experiments resulted in PVC, and product developers began using it in a variety of ways, such as sporting goods and protective clothing. Its application grew significantly during World War II, as PVC was found to be an excellent replacement for rubber wire insulation. The plastic was used extensively on U.S. military ships, and its usage expanded greatly after the end of the war.
Today PVC is one of the most commonly used plastics for tubing and reinforced hose. It covers one of the broadest ranges of applications serviced by any one type of plastic material. PVC is used for air and gas transfer, food and beverage processing, chemical conveyance, protective jacketing, vacuum lines, conduit, medical appliance components, pools and spas, slurry handling, and more.
PVC offers flexibility, chemical and corrosion resistance, and outstanding flow. It’s available from NewAge as clear unreinforced tubing and as braid-reinforced, wire-reinforced, or spiral-reinforced hose. There’s even a special formulation for fuel and oil applications, plus a clear schedule 40 pipe version. Many styles offer association-approved ingredients, too.
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