Waldo Lonsbury Semon, a researcher, made vinyl popular back in the 1920s when he produced a PVC, through additives, that was more flexible and easily processed than its predecessor. In this article, Sytech Supplies discusses the benefits of vinyl and its origins.

Semon’s development led to new products, factories and the creation of more jobs. This gave rise to the mobile advertising industry and caused vinyl chloride to become more popular. One can say the invention of vinyl is nothing but game-changing because of what it can do and its amazing quality to maintain its original quality for years.

Vinyl is manufactured when a colourless chemical intermediate, a monomer, is converted to the polymer polyvinyl chloride (the plastic product we call PVC or vinyl). This makes it a type of plastic that is made from ethylene and chlorine. It is a multipurpose material that can be found on everyday products. It is one of the most widely produced synthetic plastic polymers, after polyethylene and polypropylene. It can be firm, thick or thin, and form any colour possible.

Apart from its make-up, vinyl features properties that make it the first choice for many users:

• Vinyl is resistant to humidity.
• Vinyl is a strong and durable plastic material.
• Vinyl can be manufactured in a variety of colours, both clear and solid.
• Vinyl has low production costs.
• Vinyl is a plastic material, which unlike other plastics, can be recycled. Because of the durability of vinyl, products made from this material have a long life span. Along with the recyclability, this translates into an even longer lifespan of the vinyl plastic resin.
• Vinyl is environmentally-friendly material. It helps in the preservation of environmental resources as 57% of vinyl is made from common salt, which is a renewable natural substance. Non-renewable resources such as crude oil only account for 43% of vinyl resin, thus making it environmentally-friendly.
• Vinyl requires lesser amounts of natural resources to make, uses much lesser energy to manufacture, and also releases lower emissions into the environment.

This article was originally published by Sytech Supplies.

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