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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a flexible or rigid material that is chemically nonreactive. PVC offers excellent corrosion and weather resistance, is a good electrical and thermal insulator. and very durable. PVC is the most widely used member of the vinyl family.

Expanded PVC is a foamed polyvinyl chloride sheet that is tough, has a high-strength to weight ratio, and is half the weight of solid PVC. Its extraordinary combination of features as well as its ease to cut and shape makes it ideal for industrial and commercial signage, exhibits, store/POP displays, kiosks, and more. Its smooth, matte surface finish readily accepts virtually any form of graphic overlay (print, paint, and photo mounting) or laminate to secondary substrates. Expanded PVC also has good screw and staple retention which makes it an ideal substitute for wood projects such as stage prop design and cabinetry.

The properties of PVC can be varied by the addition of fillers, plasticizers, stabilizers and colorants. Contact an Emco Industrial Plastics representative who can help you choose the correct material to meet the needs of your applications.

Brand Names

  • Celtec® 550
  • Celtec® 700
  • Simona® Simocel

Emco Industrial Plastics doesn’t claim to represent all of the manufacturers or trade name products listed. This list is intended as a guide of typical materials available for purchase from Emco Industrial Plastics, Inc. For additional information, contact an Emco Industrial Plastics representative by filling out the form below.

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Polyvinyl Chloride, Expanded

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Technical Information

Stock Products Properties Applications Advantages Grades

Stock Products

Sheet 1mm – 12mm TH Lt. Grey, White, Black, Asst. Colors

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.


Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density lb/in³ D792 0.0197 – 0.0252
Water Absorption, 24 hrs % D570 0.15 – 0.3
Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Strength @yield psi D638 2,256 – 3,000
Tensile Modulus psi D638 144,000 – 232,000
Flexural Strength psi D790 3329
Flexural Modulus psi D790 144219
IZOD Impact Strength Notched ft-lb/in D256 0.53
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (x 10⁻⁵ in./in./°F) D696 4.0, 3.2 x 10⁻⁵
Heat Deflection Temp at 264 psi °F 150
Electrical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Dielectric Strength, 1/8″ th. V/mil D149 284.5

NOTE: The property values presented above are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers’ complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.


  • Signage
  • Models, prototypes
  • POP displays
  • Exhibits


  • Lightweight
  • Low flammability
  • Water resistant
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Excellent insulating characteristics
  • Low water absorption
  • Easily fabricated using conventional equipment


  • Type I
  • Type II
  • Pipe Grade
  • Expanded

NOTE: Several grades of this material are available. For additional information regarding this plastic, contact your Emco Industrial Plastics representative or call 973-862-4148.

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