PVC resin prices under pressure during 2021 as manufacturers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.

Manufactures are experiencing the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic as prices of many raw materials rise above the base line inflation rate. One area under cost pressure is that of manufactured PVC products, including our very own PVC Strip Curtain range of products, accessories, and replacement parts which rely on the wholesale cost of PVC resin which has seen multiple price increases during 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

PVC is a globally used, versatile and a relatively cost-effective raw ingredient that is used in the manufacture of a broad range of products used around the home and used by industry. Everything from industrial welding screens to flip flops can be made from PVC. Starting in early 2020, many business sectors and manufacturers have seen price increases in PVC resin due to the pandemic and related business challenges.   Reduced production levels combined with strong consumer demand for many PVC related products has altered the fine balance between manufacturing supply and consumer demand as many industries were forced to shut down during March 2020 and again at the beginning of 2021.  The main price pressures have resulted from the overall rising costs of business operations such as energy, distribution, and the base PVC resin prices which is the core of many PVC based products.

Plastic News picked up on this price story and said that PVC prices rose for 5 consecutive months once the pandemic started to take effect and that prices were approximately 20% higher at the end of November 2020, compared to June 2020. The published article also stated that the rise in demand was pushed higher by the quarantine results on household projects, mentioning the fact that the construction industry in the United States of America and Canada typically accounts for about 60% of the PVC consumption.

Another leading industry source, Plastics Technology created an article in the last quarter of 2020, about the upward pressure on PVC resin prices seen during 2020. According to the author, PVC prices went up three times in just two months because of “a tight market, strong demand from the construction industry, higher export prices, limited availability, and the late-settling September ethylene contract price increase,” all of which sent global PVC production costs in the wrong direction.

As 2020 got underway, and businesses reacted to the growing uncertainty regarding the pandemic, there was limited availability of resin from multiple PVC makers around the world which according to S&P Global, was made worse by chlor-alkali production issues and hurricane damage at manufacturing facilities. We also saw a big change in consumer behaviour which filtered through to business operations, such as the steep rise in online shopping and the higher expectations placed on delivery times, resulting in higher transportation costs. Both on a global scale and at a local level, with container costs rising as much as 10-fold in some instances, these changes in behaviour are likely to remain and will continue to impact businesses, their operational costs, and the cost to operate as rates increase in the year ahead.

Here at PVC Strip, we are not immune to what happens on the global stage and to these rising costs.  We have worked hard and continue to do so to minimise the impact of these price increases to our customers as much as we possibly can. This includes focussing on our price promise guarantee and extending this throughout 2021, absorbing as much of the external cost increases as we can to remain the best value supplier of industrial PVC Curtains and associated products.

PVC-Strip extends price match for 2021 and beyond.

Following the success of the PVC-Strip price match initiative throughout the lockdown months, we have made the decision to extend the popular initiative until at least the end of 2021 and probably beyond.

We are the UK’s biggest manufacturer, distributer, and spare parts supplier of PVC strip curtains, welding screens and chiller blinds and hold the largest stock of PVC strip rolls anywhere in the UK.

To support our claim as the best in the business and to back up our value promise, we provide a price match guarantee on all our PVC strip curtains and promise that we will not be beaten on any ‘like-for-like’ written quotation. Our in-house purchasing team is constantly reviewing our pricing policies and squeezing our margins so we can remain extremely competitive in the PVC market. You will not buy better no matter how hard you look, providing you want the best quality as well as the lowest prices.

As well as providing the best products at the best prices, we also provide unrivalled expertise and customer support. We have been providing a range of industrial door, curtain, and PVC products since 1975.  We make a point of standing out from the crowd, making sure we are seen in our industry as the company to go to for all industrial strip curtain products.

We pride ourselves in being product experts with wide industry experience. We only supply competitively priced, highest grade PVC curtain solutions for our customers, and we know the commercial demands of all the industries we provide products to, meaning that we can recommend the correct PVC grade and performance for each industrial and commercial application. Our highly efficient and experienced sales and after sales teams go above and beyond the call of duty to provide advice and support to our customers during the specification and buying process, during installation of the curtain, and on continued repair and maintenance, long after the sale has been completed.

Please contact a member of our sales team to discuss your PVC strip curtain requirements and in the unlikely event you believe you have been offered a better price for the same product, upon inspection of the quote, we will beat it.

We can always guarantee that when you purchase from PVC-Strip, you are making the right decision and purchasing the highest quality product at the best price on the market.

Please have a look around our website where you will see our extensive range of PVC strip rolls and PVC strip curtains.  If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to help.

Top tips from PVC Strip for getting the most out of your industrial curtains

We are here to give you advice and to help you buy PVC Strip Curtains or industrial impact doors. Do you want some simple advice on cleaning, maintenance, or replacing parts? Here are the top 5 questions we have come across from people in manufacturing and warehousing who ask us about PVC industrial strip curtains, and the tips we have put together on the back of these questions on getting the most out of your investment for years of worry-free usage.

What about when the strip curtains become dirty?

Not to worry, they are easy to clean. All you really need is a bucket of clean warm water and a nice big sponge. Just simply wiping and rinsing with warm water will be enough to get most of the dirt off. If not, a solution of specialist PVC cleaning fluid will get the last bits of grime and grease off.

Once you have cleaned the strips, dry down to avoid streaks just like you would when cleaning a window. If your PVC strips are incredibly old, slightly damaged, or beyond simple cleaning, you can purchase individual replacement strips to match the ones on your curtains.

PVC Strip Curtain Roll

Where can impact doors be used?

Anywhere you want is the simple answer. As costs of manufacture have come down, it is no longer large factories and warehouses that can afford them, but any business that wants a flexible, energy-saving solution to providing a flexible door to an open space. Their durability means they are great for areas with vehicle access, whilst lighter-weight doors can be used for areas used by pedestrians.

What information do I need to provide when ordering PVC Strip Curtains?

You will need to measure the height and width of the opening and provide us with this information. if you need any help with this, just get in contact with us. You only need to measure the clear opening space, as we will automatically add any extra on the width and the height of the doorway to make sure any minor adjustments at installation can be made.

We will also need to know if the door opening is likely to be completely internal or external and the type of traffic that will use the doorway, such as people or vehicles, as all this information will help us to determine which product is perfect for your business and to calculate the right price and delivery times.

Do I need to buy the complete kit again if my PVC strip curtain needs replacing?

At PVC Strip we provide replacement parts, so you do not need to buy a complete replacement kit for your PVC curtain/impact door. This is not true of all industrial door manufacturers, however, as many do not offer a replacement PVC strip service to their customers. It is worth checking out this service prior to purchasing your first kit as you want to make sure you can easily obtain spare parts in the future if you need them. Our  PVC strips are sold individually so you can order the exact number you need to replace.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?  

As most of these PVC products are held at our warehouse here in Warrington in the UK, and most standard items are in stock, you should be able to receive a next-day delivery for standard items. Check the current delivery status on our website or call us for clarification.  Non-standard items and made to measure industrial curtains are generally despatched within 3-5 working days.

 

PVC Strip is the UK’s largest manufacturer of PVC strip curtains and we hold the largest stock of PVC strip rolls in the UK. We offer a price match guarantee on our PVC strip curtains and we will not be beaten on any ‘like for like’ written quotation. We constantly review our pricing so we can remain extremely competitive in the PVC market. We also guarantee that when you purchase from PVC Strip, you are purchasing the highest quality product at the best price on the market.

The Cold Chain & PVC Strip Curtain: A Match Made in Heaven

Allowing you to control your environment every step of the way, a cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. It is used to help extend and ensure the shelf life of “cool cargo”; products such as fresh seafood, frozen food, photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs.

An essential part of any cold chain are PVC strips: manufacturing > distribution > stores. It’s important that you choose the correct PVC grade when selecting PVC strips for your cold chain.

Below is a brief guide to some of the different grade PVC strips we offer and how well they operate.

  • Rayflex standard grade PVC: operates well between +50°c and -15°c
  • Rayflex low-temperature grade: operates well between +30°c and -25°c
  • Rayflex super polar grade: operates well between +15°c and -60°c

Manufacturing

Food preservation processes with fridges up to +0°c, freezers down to -12°c and deep freezers down to -45°c, require the use of PVC strips to ensure that food items don’t become compromised.

PVC strip curtains play an integral part in the food preservation process. When doors are left open, the PVC strip curtains ensure that there’s no air loss in these environments so when people are coming and going in a walk-in fridge, the PVC strips create a temporary barrier to ensure food preservation processes aren’t affected.

Storage

Depending on the food being stored, best before dates, ripening processes and the temperature at which consumables need to be stored at. The majority of large facilities will have their own cold storage facilities and regulations will state that the food items in question need to be kept at a constant temperature with agreeable tolerances in place.

Cold Storage and Freezer PVC Strip Curtain

Again, PVC strip curtains are used in every single cold store environment, regardless of what is being stored.

Distribution & Logistics

In the cold chain, transport is highly regulated and specialist, refrigerated vehicles are deployed in order to ensure that whatever the goods in transit are, they leave the storage facility and arrive at their destination in the same state.

Not only do PVC strips help to maintain the temperature in the vehicles, but they also ensure cross-contamination during the journey isn’t caused by fumes, debris, vermin or insects. This can easily happen when people enter and exit so PVC strip curtains really do play an integral part here.

Preparation Points, Commercial and Retail Stores

The final part to the cold chain before the goods are on display and ready to be purchased by customers is commercial and retail stores and preparation points. These environments have PVC strip curtains installed because the retailer has to ensure that their products are presented to their customers in accordance with strict regulations.

This ensures that the goods are turned around in line with sell by dates and remain fresh and in the best condition possible so that they can be sold.

If you have any questions for us here at PVC Strip, please get in touch today using our email address – sales@pvc-strip.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call our friendly team on – 01925 638753.

Product Focus: Fly Screens and Insect Barriers

Product Focus: Fly Screens and Insect Barriers

As the summer heats up Rayflex go into overdrive making and manufacturing Fly Screens and Insect Barriers. We utilise various types of materials to ensure that we can manufacture the right fly screen solution for your unique application. It’s time to prepare your kitchens, bars, shops and restaurants UK wide, cover your open doorways with our fantastic insect curtains!

Our mesh lightweight, mesh strips available in black or grey come as standard with weighted bottoms to ensure they don’t flap around in the wind. These are stylish mesh covers are designed to aid open kitchens and food production environments that desperately need fresh air circulating. The mesh strips allow hands-free access through doorways and remove the hassle of health and safety concerns that come with flies, insects and bugs buzzing around and contaminating food produce.

Our fly screens and insect curtains are used extensively in hot, busy, environments like in commercial kitchens, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. Workspaces that generate a lot of heat, which is only made worse during the hot summer months. Fly screens and insect barriers work exceptionally well in these environments as they allow the workers to keep doors open, but due to the small holes in the mesh strip, there’s a steady stream of air passing through. These holes aren’t large enough to allow pests to pass through which promotes a hygienic work environment without having to sacrifice the comfort of the workers.

Mesh Strip

Mesh Strip

As you can see in the image above, the holes in the mesh are very very small and will not allow pests to pass through. Mesh strip improve the overall hygiene of the environment. Each kit comes with the appropriate amount of strips, a suspension rail and fitting instructions.

1000mm W x 2350mm H:
6 x fly mesh strips – plated to suit the hook type rail system
1 x 1230mm hook type stainless steel suspension rail

1300mm W x 2350mm H:
8 x fly mesh strips – plated to suit the hook type rail system
1 x 1475mm hook type stainless steel suspension rail

1600mm W x 2350mm H:
10 x fly mesh strips – plated to suit the hook type rail system
2 x 984mm hook type stainless steel suspension rail

1800mm W x 2350mm H:
11 x fly mesh strips – plated to suit the hook type rail system
2 x 984mm hook type stainless steel suspension rail

If you are interested in our fly screen and insect barrier range, please visit our insect barrier page, contact our sales team on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk.

Product Focus: PVC Chiller Blinds

pvc chiller blinds

On hot days, customers want to walk into newsagents, shops, bars, cafés or restaurants, go straight to your fridges and pick out a cold drink, sandwich, salad or snack. Imagine the disappointment for your customers that when they finally choose their product, it’s warm and in unsatisfactory condition. Did you know that up to 40% of customers just don’t buy warm drinks or food items? They’d rather go without or worse, go next door to your competitors!

This poses you with a problem – how do you display your goods, keep your energy consumption down and showcase your product offerings in multi-deck chillers whilst keeping your products cold?  The answer is simple: install an inexpensive PVC chiller blind.  The PVC is crystal clear so your customer can see into the fridge, the PVC strips are lightweight enough for your customers to simply reach through and grab the cold product they desire – you get to keep all your customers happy and save a fortune in energy in the process.

BUT ARE THEY A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT?

YES!  The ROI is extremely fast, typically you will save up to 50% on fridge energy consumption, and they will pay for themselves within a few months. They optimise airflow evenly within the cabinet ensuring you have minimum product wastage. They also extend the life of your retail unit by lessening the load on the compressor.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER BENEFITS TO INSTALLING PVC CHILLER BLINDS?

Yes! They are extremely easy to self-install, maintain and clean. Our clever support system allows the full curtain section to clip in and out which also ensures you can restock your fridges with ease.  They do also help to deter petty theft – it’s not as easy to slip items into pockets when there is a PVC chiller blind in the way!

WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE? 

Colour: Clear / transparent (light blue tint)
PVC profile: Flat
Grade: Standard Temperature PVC strip
Width range: 100mm
Thickness range: 1mm (please note we offer 1.2mm and 2mm if required)
UV stable: Yes.
Temperature range: +50°c to -15°c (PVC can degrade at the extremities of this range).  If you require a PVC chiller blind to be made from low-temperature PVC (+30 / -40°c) then this is possible, we use 100mm w x 2mm thick freezer grade PVC material in this instance.

Our PVC strips are 100mm wide and we sell only PVC chiller blinds to the nearest incremental width.  For example, if your fridge is 1290mm wide we would supply 12 x 100mm – it is not possible to infill the remaining 90mm of space, you would have a small gap at either side.  The PVC chiller blinds are designed to cover off the majority of your opening to ensure enhanced energy savings.

Our standard sizes include:

1200mm W x 1500mm H
1800mm W x 1500mm H
2400mm W x 1500mm H
3000mm W x 1500mm H
3600mm W x 1500mm H
1200mm W x 3000mm H
1800mm W x 3000mm H
2400mm W x 3000mm H
3000mm W x 3000mm H
3600mm W x 3000mm H

Our PVC chiller blinds come in the above pre-made standard sizes are available to buy online (not on next day delivery) or if your fridge sizes are unusual then please call us on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk.

Summer Proofing Your Facilities With Our PVC Products!

Clear PVC Strip Roll

The sun is desperately trying to make an appearance and we’re thrilled about it! But, with warmer weather and sunnier days comes a few issues in the workplace – here we have a range of PVC products that are manufactured to remove any irritations so you can enjoy the sun but not be burdened with the issues that it can bring! 

Introducing our PVC summer saviours…

We have a huge PVC range, designed with summer in mind. Our products are suited for a variety of facilities to assist with issues such as:

  • Airborne pest control
  • Room temperature management
  • Product temperature management

Our summer range is suitable for a wide variety of applications –  offering multiple benefits and perks for a low cost.  

Our range includes:

  • Perforated PVC Strip
  • Anti-Insect Yellow Translucent 
  • Black or Grey Mesh Strip
  • Standard Clear PVC Strip

Commercial kitchens, Pubs, Bars, Restaurants and Cafes

During summer, cafes, restaurants and bars can expect a huge rise in customers. As soon as the temperature rises, families and friends flock to their nearest beer garden, cafe or restaurant to enjoy the sun, drinks and food. How can these facilities cope with the pressure of increased workload and the environmental changes? By installing a kit from our PVC range, you can expect perks that will help your business all summer long. We recommend putting our perforated or anti-insect PVC on your doorways to your commercial kitchen to prevent the risk of flies contaminating your environment. It’s the perfect product for allowing fresh air to circulate while keeping annoying pests out of the way. We also have a range of chiller blinds to attach to commercial refrigeration units. Ideal for keeping chilled foods at the correct temperature, improving contamination control and extending the life of refrigerator units. 

Office Spaces

Offices are heat traps at the best of times, but turn up the temperature and introduce the sun and the heat can be almost unbearable! Keeping doors and windows open isn’t always ideal with the external noise, so what can you do?  This is where our perforated PVC strip curtains and mesh strips come in… Our products can be installed in doorways, acting as a barrier to all pests. We recommend installing our bullet range perforated curtains on office doors during the summertime for a more aesthetically pleasing design, easy installation/removal and improved durability. From improved airflow to temperature management and anti-insect protection, the benefits are limitless.

Industrial Environments

PVC strip curtains are ideal for industrial environments during any season, however, during summer, our various PVC ranges can easily summer proof warehouse and industrial environments.  Strip curtains are often used in warehouses as area dividers or to cover industrial doorways, our clear PVC strip is often used in this instance as it’s often thicker and able to withstand the heavy duty traffic usage that is involved in a warehouse environment.
When installing strip curtains during summer, you can expect benefits including:

  • Temperature management
  • Improved airflow
  • Anti-insect management

Which will make hot summer days a lot more bearable in your industrial environment! 

Interested in our range? Contact our sales team to discuss your requirements and find out how we can help you. Our sales team are available on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk. 

Anti-Insect Protection | Preventing Bugs In Your Workplace

Anti-Insect Protection

Does your business require anti-insect protection? It can be a struggle working in hot, busy environments. Especially with the increased temperature and annoying bugs flying around, this results in a lot of distractions and irritations that make the working day that little more difficult than it needs to be… That’s where we come in! 

 

We understand that businesses struggle where hygiene and contamination issues need to be taken into consideration. Which is why we manufacture and supply a range of PVC to help make your working days a little more bearable in the summer months. 

Perforated PVC:
When working in hot environments during summer, it can often be a necessity to keep doors and windows open, however, this invites unwanted pests into your working environment and in workplaces such as food preparation areas, the utmost care should be taken concerning health and safety. Flies or other airborne pests can cause contamination by simply landing on work surfaces, causing bacteria including salmonella, typhoid and cholera to be spread, which can cause detrimental harm in certain working environments. If this sounds like an issue you have… Our perforated PVC is ideal for you! The strips are clear, much like our standard PVC door kit but with small perforations throughout the strip which are large enough to allow a breeze through but small enough to block any airborne pests from passing through.

Anti-Insect PVC:
If your main issue is reducing the number of pests that enter your workplace, our anti-insect PVC is perfect for you… This product is bright yellow, a colour that is known for repelling flies and insects. This feature is key in ensuring your environment is protected from pests that may cause harm in your workplace and will ensure that you can keep doorways open to avoid your workers overheating this summer. 

Mesh Fly Screens:
All our grey and black fly screen mesh strips require minimum effort to install. We offer a variety of suspension systems: The bullet system is a pre-punched snap on and off, this system is quick to install and is perfect for pedestrian health and safety requirements as there are no separate steel parts. The insect barrier is also extremely durable. If heavy pedestrian use is expected, the product will withstand it. The snap-on system also means that insect curtain can be maintained with ease – simply remove the strips and clean individually (with warm water only).

Our range is available with a variety of suspension systems designed to suit you. If you would like to discuss your requirements with our sales team, we can offer a full bespoke quotation designed to remove all your summer problems. Contact our team on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk. 

Energy Saving Solutions For Small Businesses

Energy saving solutions

Energy prices are climbing and showing no sign of slowing down, but what energy saving solutions can you apply to your workplace?

Making simple energy saving changes to improve your efficiency can save you money, plus it’s good for the planet too!

On brighter days, switching lights off and allowing natural light in will avoid any wasted energy. This may seem like a small thing to do but if implemented enough throughout the week or month, you’ll notice the difference!

Offices constantly have appliances running throughout the day, from PC’s, desk fans, radios and printers – it’s easy to see how energy bills are sky high! It’s often a necessity that these items are switched on, however, it can be very costly. If your workplace makes a conscious effort to switch appliances off when not in use, you’ll be surprised at the energy savings you can make.

It also makes a huge impact switching to energy saving light bulbs where possible, for example, changing tube lights to T5 energy efficient lighting saved £2,282 on the annual energy bill and 8.52 tonnes of CO2 emissions.’.

Companies are introducing measures wherever possible to keep energy bills low, whilst maintaining a reputable carbon footprint and a “green” image. To counterbalance energy price increases we must try to prevent heat loss in industrial and commercial environments.  There are two ways to do this: Insulate and then protect.

Insulation is a primary factor in relation to heat loss and must be looked into extensively.  Insulate your roofs, wall panels, offices and access points to ensure heat is retained wherever possible.  To achieve maximum efficiencies however we should also consider introducing PVC strip curtains in areas of high footfall/traffic as a means of protection against energy loss.  Internal and External Doors that are constantly open to allow traffic and pedestrians access, will cost you greatly, as the cold air enters the building and the warm air escapes or vice versa the air-conditioned cool air escapes and the hot external environment enters.

The simplest solution to this expensive problem is to install PVC strip curtains which allow easy, hands-free access through openings, they return to their original position rapidly and create a substantial barrier between internal and external areas.  Case studies have shown that energy bills can be reduced by up to 60% if installed correctly.

Considering that an average PVC Strip Curtains cost less to purchase and install than your average monthly energy bill, and will pay for themselves usually within 3 months, it makes sense to speak to the specialists at PVC-Strip, invest a small amount in an economical product, that in the long run will save you money and improve both your carbon footprint and green image.

If you would like to discuss our range of PVC strip curtains, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced sales team on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk.

Simplifying PVC Specs

Are you clueless on PVC Strip and unsure on how the technical specifications will affect your application? We simplify the specs and help you discover your ideal curtain…

Temperature Range:

PVC strippvc strip temperature management has a large temperature range for such a flexible product.  The temperature range is simply the range at which the PVC strip will maintain its structure.  At temperatures lower than specified the molecules will react together becoming hard, brittle and the clarity will alter.  At the higher end of the spectrum, the material will deform, lose its shape, and basically melt. Here’s our guide to the minimum and maximum usage temperatures on quality PVC strip:

Standard Grade PVC: -15°C – +50°C
Low Temperature / Polar Grade PVC: +30°C – -40°C  

Chemical Resistance

pvc strip chemical resistanceWe are often asked, “is flexible PVC strip chemical resistant?” The answer is a resounding yes!  PVC strip has good mechanical properties and excellent chemical resistance, as with other general-purpose plastics.  It’s particularly good with organic solvents, salts, acids, and alkalis. This is why it’s used to make chemical storage tanks, plastic valves and flanges, drainage, and water pipes.  However, if you want to understand how it behaves in relation to a specific chemical within a given environment then it needs to be independently tested.

We can send you samples to test in your actual environment or for more technical results we can send our materials to independent Laboratories on your behalf.  Bear in mind independently testing is costly and the customer bears the cost for any external test requirements but it will ensure that you’ve got bespoke, application-specific test results for your unique environment.

Tensile Strength

tensile strength pvc stripSo, you have a flexible PVC strip technical specification in front of you, you know that you need a strong material but you have no idea what that means or what to look for in quality grade PVC.  Here we break it down into simple terms and explain the basics of tensile strength.

The tensile strength of a material is measured in N/mm². This is the maximum force the PVC strip can be subjected to before it breaks. Good quality PVC strip should achieve results between 10 and 18 (the stronger the PVC the higher the number).

  • Standard grades should be around 16-17;
  • Low-temperature grades should be around 12-13;
  • Super polar grades should be around 10;

Low-temperature grades include added softeners in the PVC compound mix to avoid the material becoming brittle at freezing temperatures, hence the lower figures.

Heat distortion

pvc strip heat distortionTo simplify what is actually quite a complex test, the Vicat softening temperature or heat distortion temperature is basically how far a needle can penetrate into flexible PVC strip, to a specific depth at given temperature variables. The higher the temperature the easier it is for the needle to penetrate the PVC strip.

PVC strip is at a disadvantage when it comes to having a low heat distortion level if you compare it to other plastics, however, this is due to its high levels of flexibility and requirements to be a soft, moveable material.

Ideally, you want this score to be between 45-50, the higher the score the more rigid the material will be.

Fire Retardant

pvc strip Fire retardantPVC strip is an inherently fire resistant plastic as it contains a high percentage of chlorine.  Make no mistake, all PVC will burn (as do almost all materials) but when burned, hydrogen chloride gas is released which slows down the continuous combustion reaction and when the naked flame is removed it will self-extinguish – the material basically chokes itself.  Additionally, the odour released is unpleasant allowing early detection of a fire.

There are many ways of evaluating flexible PVC strip, all PVC strip should be as minimum classified as “self-extinguishing” but the oxygen index is a good line in the sand – the higher the value the better.  Materials that achieve OI ratings of 26+ are as near to a true fire retardant PVC material as you’re going to get in the PVC world.

If would like to view our independent testing video showing the behaviour of standard grade and OI27 PVC strip where you can see which PVC takes the flame and burns quicker for yourselves – then please just ask and we can send it over to you via email.