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Evonik produces starting materials used in the production of PVC plasticizers, which transform this naturally brittle plastic into a flexible material. Plasticized PVC is used for applications such as wallpaper, roof and tunnel membranes, hoses, profiles, cable insulation, tarpaulins, elastic floor coverings, printing inks and in various automobile parts.
Following increasing technical and environmental requirements for plasticized PVC applications, the "high-molecular-weight" plasticizers are in particularly high demand. These plasticizers are remarkable for their excellent low-temperature properties and low volatility, and are extremely versatile. High-molecular-weight plasticizers are also among the most studied chemical substances and have been declared risk-free in tests conducted by the European Union.