PVC fabrics are used in a diverse range of products.certain types of PVC plastics contain toxic and cancerogenic substances such as phthalates. In this article we tell you what you need to know when importing PVC fabrics, and other products partly made of PVC, from China.
Laminated PVC fabric
A laminated PVC fabric is not as durable as the coated PVC fabric. However, it’s strong enough to be useful for various applications such as toys, furniture and advertising.
There’s no universal definition of “good quality”. Instead, God gave us technical product specifications. A product specification is anything that defines a physical aspect of a product. PVC fabrics can be produced according to various product specifications which have a major impact on both the durability and pricing
Coated PVC fabric
A coated PVC fabric is more durable and commonly used in industrial and construction applications. It’s also 20 – 30% more expensive than a laminated PVC fabric.
Construction tarpaulins: 550 – 700 gsm
Advertising and display: 350 – 550 gsm
Toys: 300 – 650 gsm
Furniture: 300 – 450 gsm
Most Chinese PVC fabric manufacturers use Pantone and RAL codes for color reference. However, many suppliers can also replicate colors based on physical color samples.
China is the leading manufacturer of PVC fabrics. However, there are far more companies trading in PVC fabrics than actually producing them. While there are middlemen in every industry, only a minority of the suppliers selling PVC on sites such as Alibaba are actual manufacturers. It makes sense. Since PVC plastics are used in so many industries, it’s not strange that many manufacturers of other products, trades PVC plastics as a side business. Find quality pvc fabric manufacturers on Canton Fair, you can see www.e-cantonfair.com.
PVC fabric used for construction applications and furniture are required to be fire retardant. Depending the specific product and its usage, one of the following fire retardancy standards apply:
NFPA 701 (USA)
BS 5852:2006 (UK)
Compliance with mentioned standards shall not be taken for granted when sourcing PVC suppliers in China. In fact, most are not able to control chemical content with enough precision to satisfy American and European product safety regulations. Based on our experience, I’d say less than 10% are able to ensure that their produce is free from substances su