With a production capacity of more than 3 million tonnes, Shin-Etsu can without doubt regard itself as the world's largest PVC manufacturer. Production in the Netherlands takes place at two plants near Rotterdam: Botlek and Pernis. The commercial heart of the company is in Hilversum. Our customers use our PVC to make pipeline systems, window frames, flooring, cables and many other types of products.

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In addition to rigid PVC, which is primarily used for pipes and window frames, there is also another, softer and more flexible form of PVC, known as flexible PVC. This form of PVC is used in cables, film, roofing, floor covering, wallpaper, tarpaulin covers for lorries, conveyor belts, infusion bags, cling film, the upholstery of car seats, and flexible frames such as refrigerator door seals.

Picture: film for manufacturing folders with thanks to Alkor Draka B.V. Enkhuizen

70% of the total European PVC production is used for rigid applications, the most important of which include window frames, door frames, pipes and fittings. The main advantages of using PVC for window frames include its long service life, great UV resistance, excellent insulation properties, and low maintenance costs.

Source British Plastics Federation

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