PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is not only a popular material amongst animal rights activists and vegans (to wear in lieu of animal leather), but the durability of polyvinyl chloride and its ability to be recycled contributes to its long lifespan. This attribute makes PVC a top choice among manufacturers or purchasers of vinyl fabrics and products, whether it is vinyl sign material, vinyl coated fabric, or PVC piping (whose market is the largest producer of vinyl).
Polyvinyl chloride was first introduced to the marketplace when a patent was issued to a German named Friedrich Klatte in 1913. Mr. Klatte discovered this new material, known today as PVC, when he invented a new method involving the polymerization of vinyl chloride using sunlight. The genius behind PVC and vinyl fabrics, however, were not put into use until a few years later.
In addition to being extremely durable, vinyl fabrics can be manufactured in a range of colors to meet most any indoor or outdoor signage, awning, or banner need. Commercially speaking, companies are fond of printable vinyl and laminate fabric because not only can it match their company decor or be printed with their company logo, but outdoor uses have been proven to withstand many harsh environmental elements. Although vinyl fabrics are a very popular use of polyvinyl chloride, PVC piping is the most popular use for this material.