When you’re looking for a rigid film that offers a good balance of low cost, mechanical toughness, and good visual properties, it’s hard to go past PVC.
Combining versatility and strength with economy – and tested by time – rigid polyvinyl chloride film (often known simply as “vinyl”) is a popular material in the food & beverage, medical, graphics & printing, transportation, retail, and packaging industries.
Takes the stress out of cutting custom shapes
Robust and keeps costs low when you don’t need a highly specialized rigid film
Maintains its shape over a wide temperature range
Excellent base for decals, labels, point-of-purchase (POP) signage, plastic cards and the like
Suitable for transparent signage, packaging, etc.
Depending on grade, resists impact from 5°F (-15°C) down to -31°F (-35°C)
Hides fraud countermeasures inside secure ID cards from view
Ideal for thermoforming and vacuum forming
Gauges ranging from 5 - 30 µm keep ID cards thin to minimize space and weight while being stiff and tear-resistant
Gloss for visual appeal, or matte/velvet for low glare
Many colors available to order
Easy to Die-Cut
Good Dimensional Stability
High Impact Resistance
Thin Gauges (PVC)
Various Surface Finishes
Wide Color Range
Challenges and Solutions
You’re a sales executive whose prospect, a medium-sized business with 500 staff, wants a quote to supply secure ID cards to control access to their premises. They have a limited budget, which could put polycarbonate cards out of contention, but still need durable cards they can print a company logo and ID information on.
While not as durable as polycarbonate, the lower cost of rigid PVC cards may enable you to quote within the prospect’s budget and secure the order, even taking replacement card costs into account.
There’s no shortage of criminals trying to game the system. Whether it’s identity thieves posing as someone else to steal money or information, or more ominously terrorists altering passports to deceive border guards, ID tampering can threaten livelihoods and lives.
Heat/pressure lamination of overlays and inlays of secure IDs prevents counterfeiters from tampering with printed core stock and photos by separating the layers, because the cards are adhesive-free.
Your retailer client is preparing for a major sales promotion ahead of the Christmas season and needs POP materials for its stores nationwide. As the economy is uncertain and the retailer needs to rein in expenses, they have to save on POP signage and label costs. If you cannot help them reduce these costs, you risk losing the client.
Choosing PVC over other materials like polypropylene and polycarbonate will help to reduce the price without noticeably sacrificing printability or durability, as the POP materials will only be used for this season. The PVC materials will be robust enough to withstand most of the expected wear and tear without deteriorating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Gauges range from 5 - 30 µm (0.005 – 0.03 mm / 0.2 – 1.2 mil), depending on the manufacturer and grade. Please contact us to discuss your options.
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Gray, Matte Black, Matte White, White, Clear, Clear Gloss
There are various types of PVC films available, including rigid PVC film, flexible PVC film, clear PVC film, colored PVC film, and more. Each type differs in terms of flexibility, transparency, impact resistance, printability, and suitability for specific applications. Contact a film expert today to discuss the right PVC film for your project!
Yes, PVC film is commonly used in outdoor applications due to its excellent weather resistance and UV stability. It can withstand exposure to sunlight, moisture, and extreme temperatures without significant degradation.
Yes, PVC film can be laminated or coated with other materials, such as adhesives, protective coatings, or printable surfaces, to enhance its properties or add specific functionalities like scratch resistance, moisture resistance, or printable surfaces for branding or information.