Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the world's third most widely used plastic and is an attractive alternative to traditional materials such as glass, metal, wood, and other plastic materials because of its versatility, durability and cost competitiveness.
Westlake’s U.S. operations include two PVC resin manufacturing facilities in Calvert City, KY and Geismar, LA. These PVC plants benefit from vertical integration as the primary raw material, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is produced at both Westlake plants in Calvert City and Geismar.
Our European operations include PVC production facilities in Burghausen, Gendorf, Cologne, Knapsack and Schkopau in Germany and Hillhouse in the United Kingdom. Vinnolit expanded our portfolio to add important specialty PVC resin products and technologies.
PVC is produced in powder form and then combined with other ingredients to create a compound with specific processing and end-use properties. Westlake manufactures PVC resins with molecular weights ranging from 0.68 IV to 0.92 IV. In the U.S., these resins are used for pipe, siding and other profile applications such as windows, doors and decking. In Europe, our products are suitable for a wide range of industrial and building product applications including automotive sealants and interior trim, cable sheathing, flooring, medical applications, pipes, film, technical coatings, wall covering and window profiles.
We have capacity to produce 1.3 billion pounds of PVC per year at our Calvert City facility and 600 million pounds per year at our Geismar facility. We use the majority of our PVC internally in the production of our building products and the remainder is sold to downstream fabricators and the export market.
For more information on our PVC products, technical specs and MSDS, click here.
|Grade||Inherent Viscosity||"K" Value||Bulk Density||Application|
|1185B||0.68||57.0||0.53||Blow Molded Bottles, Injection Molded Fittings|
|1195B||0.73||58.0||0.53||Blow Molded Bottles, Injection Molded Fittings|
|1230P||0.89||65.0||0.56||Pipe, tube and conduit|
|1230S||0.90||65.0||0.56||Siding, window and door|
|1100||1.01+/-0.02||70.0||>30.0||This is a medium-high molecular weight film and medical grade vinyl suspension resin. PVC-1100 is designed for flexible profile extrusion, calendared and extruded sheet and blow molding applications. Kosher approved.|
|1070||0.69+/-0.02||57.0||>33.0||This is a low molecular weight film and medical grade vinyl suspension resin. PVC-1070 is designed for clear and opaque extruded sheet, bottles, and other injection and blow molding applications. Kosher approved.|
|1091||0.90+/-0.02||65.0||>33.7||PVC-1091 is a medium molecular weight general purpose vinyl suspension resin designed for pipe, siding, window lineals and other general rigid extrusion applications where consistent particle size distribution and low contamination and residual VCM levels are important. This resin has good color and thermal stability.|
|1095||0.95+/-0.02||68.0||>31.0||This is a medium molecular weight film and medical grade vinyl suspension resin. PVC-1095 is designed for flexible profile extrusion, calendared and extruded sheet, and blow film applications. Kosher approved.|