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Thermoforming Plastic Sheets Contributing to Industry Growth

Made of rigid vinyl, thermoforming plastic sheets come in a variety of material formulations that are ideal for thermoforming and vacuum forming applications. They come in standard hues and can also be custom color matched to the customer’s exact specifications. PVC plastic sheets for thermoforming applications are also offered in an extensive array of surface textures.

This plethora of available surface textures that PVC (poly vinyl chloride) sheets and rolls come in adds a unique look and feel to an extruded vinyl sheet. During the extrusion process, a texture can be embossed into the material to give it even greater visual appeal. The grade, thickness, or width of the material will determine which of the many textures it can assume.

According to a recent news article published by The Star online, in spite of a “weakening demand for consumer electronic goods,” some plastic product manufacturing companies, in particular those “supporting the electronics and semiconductor industries,” were expected “to experience slight growth this year.” Why? Because “their plastic components and plastic-sheet products are also used in the industrial electronics, automotive, medical, and power tool industries, and not just in consumer electronics.” Thermoforming plastic sheets, which are found in kiosks, medical device housings and outdoor recreational vehicles in addition to a variety of electrical components are one plastic product that should contribute to this growth.

New advances in personal consumer electronics, however, may elevate that growth even more in the upcoming years. And manufacturers can thank the wild popularity of smartphones for that anticipated jump in profits. The website Geek.com recently ran an article titled “Fingerprint-proof flexible plastic could soon replace Gorilla Glass.” Therein, it was pointed out that “using plastic (sheets) instead of glass means it (the cell phone’s screen) won’t crack when dropped or hit, but it’s also highly resistant to scratches.” In addition, “it doesn’t crack, it’s really hard to scratch, it’s going to be lighter than glass, (it) won’t leave your device covered in fingerprints, and (it) can be manufactured to any size.” This sizeability factor is one of its most sought-after features.

Thermoforming plastic sheets afford this smartphone peace of mind plus a whole lot more. They also offer precise gauge control, color consistency, lot to lot traceability, ease of processing, flame retardance, custom sizing and high-impact durability. It is this last benefit that is causing smartphone manufacturers and makers of cell phone accessories to stand up and take notice. In fact, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 4/4S have recently been in the headlines with plastic components tied to them.

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