What is PVC?

What is PVC? Polyvinyl chloride (known as PVC). Polyvinyl chloride was discovered by chance at least twice in the 19th century. Initially in 1835 by Henry Victor Renault and in 1872 by Eugene Bauman.

In both cases the polymer appeared as a white solid within test tubes containing vinyl chloride exposed to sunlight.

In 1920, Russian chemist Ivan Ostromilansky and German chemist Fritz Kalata tried to harness PVC for commercial use but had difficulty processing the brittle and brittle material.

In 1926, Aldo Simon of Goodrich developed a method of flexing the material by mixing it with various additives.

By doing so the material became process-friendly, hence the road to commercial scale production was short.


PVC is of great value in the chemical industry and its many uses.

About half of the PVC produced in the world is intended for use in the construction industry where it replaces traditional building materials (such as clay, concrete and wood).

Hard PVC is used to manufacture a variety of products: interior and exterior coatings for buildings

, Magnetic cards such as credit cards or public transportation, window frames, records (hence the name “vinyl records”), pipes, plumbing fittings and more.

Products from PVC

  • Electric pergola made of fabric
  • Marquise awnings
  • Curtains