Vinyl saves lives at NPE 2015

Industry Spokesmen Air Their Views

The plastics manufacturing industry accounts for more than $380 billion in annual shipments in domestic sales and employs about 900,000 people in 15,949 facilities across the U.S.

"The plastics industry is ready to take a strong stand and demonstrate to the world that, indeed, vinyl is a great product that, among other things, is a dominant material used in hundreds and hundreds of medical and healthcare products and as a result, saves lives," said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux.

The plastics industry is the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry and a significant contributor to the domestic economy. The industry has an enviable record as an affordable, durable and sustainable material used safely for more than 50 years. The SPI delivers advocacy, market research, industry promotion and fosters business relationships and zero waste strategies.

Kevin D. Ott, executive director of the Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA) notes that, "While some of the best-known, but often unrecognized uses of PVC include wire and cable jacketing, medical tubing, blood bags, roofing, flooring and wall coverings, the material is suitable for an almost limitless range of products offering superior and proven performance characteristics, particularly in healthcare settings, that are essential to patient safety and survival, as we deal with pandemic containment and protecting the general population. Lacking a vaccine for Ebola at this time, PVC plays an essential role as a "barrier" material between the health care worker and the fluids that are known to spread the virus."

The FVA is a coalition of trade organizations, materials suppliers, compounders, formulators, molder and fabricators and serves to provide messaging and advocacy on the proven safety economy and utility of flexible PVC.