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Which Industries use Rigid Plastic Extrusions?

Thanks to its low cost, strong chemical resilience and versatility, rigid PVC is perhaps the most frequently extruded plastic and is used in a wide range of industries.

Here, we take a closer look at the top five industries that use rigid plastic extrusions, and find out where you might see them.

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Construction

Construction

Extruded rigid PVC is often used in construction for things like conservatories, gutters, waste pipes, cladding, window frames, shower seals, plumbing profiles and waste pipes. Not only is it reasonably cheap, it is very stable and offers excellent thermal properties.

Common uses of rigid plastic extrusions in the construction sector include:

  • Glazing systems and conservatories
  • Roofing - including fascias and guttering
  • Internal and external cladding
  • Barriers and partitions
  • Plumbing - plastic pipes for water delivery and waste disposal
  • Window, door and conservatory trims
  • Protective casings for electronic cables
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Electricals

Electricals

Because plastic does not conduct electricity, PVC has good insulation properties for low voltage electrics. It is often used for switches, handles and light fittings, and is especially suited to creating housings for machines like hairdryers, razors and food blenders as they protect their user from electric shocks.

Rigid plastic extrusions are regularly used for:

  • Plastic capping
  • Electrical protective casings and housings
  • Electrical conduits
  • Protective cable trunking
  • Plastic tracking for electrical supplies
3

Transport

Transport

Most transport sectors, such as aviation, automotive, rail and marine, rely on plastics in order to maintain safe transport networks. Rigid plastic extrusions may be used in a number of transport related things, such as:

  • Vehicle trims and door frames
  • Seat profiles
  • Lighting diffusers
  • Refractors
  • Luminaires
  • Lorry body trims and pelmets
  • Motorhome components
  • Protective coverings and casings for signalling cables
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Retail and display

Retail and display

From plastic profiles for point of sale to menu holders, frames, poster hangers and display racks, PVC is a commonly used material in the retail sector. Its versatility means that it can often be made to order and to suit a range of retail applications, bespoke or off the shelf.

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Horticulture

Horticulture

Rigid plastic extrusions are often used to create protective coverings for garden machinery, which can increase safety. They are also used to create things like decking, fencing and edging.

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