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  • Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH, PVA, or PVAL) is a water-soluble synthetic polymer. Polyvinyl alcohol has excellent film forming, emulsifying, and adhesive properties. It is also resistant to oil, grease and solvent. It is odorless and nontoxic. It has high tensile strength, flexibility, as well as high oxygen and aroma barrier. 
  • Unlike most vinyl polymers, PVA is not prepared by polymerization of the corresponding monomer. The monomer, vinyl alcohol, almost exclusively exists as the tautomeric form, acetaldehyde. PVA instead is prepared by partial or complete hydrolysis of polyvinyl acetate to remove acetate groups. Sizing is a processing aid applied to rovings and yarns to provide lubricity and binding action to protect the fibers and assist in handling. 299 and 399 organic sizing composed of polyvinyl alcohol(PVA) and additives (plasticizers, lubricants, etc.) is designed for easy removal by heat cleaning.
  • The primary raw material used in the manufacture of polyvinyl alcohol is vinyl acetate monomer. It is manufactured by the polymerization of vinyl acetate followed by partial hydrolysis. The process of hydrolysis is based on the partial replacement of ester group in vinyl acetate with the hydroxyl group, and is completed in the presence of aqueous sodium hydroxide. Following gradual addition of the aqueous saponification agent. Polyvinyl alcohol is precipitated, washed and dried.
  • There are two methods for preparing a 4% aqueous solution of polyvinyl alcohol, the conventional heating method and the microwave heating method. The microwave method is much easier and less time consuming. Once the 4% polyvinyl alcohol solution is made it will last 6 to 8 weeks. It is a good idea to store this solution in a refrigerator, as it will support bacteria growth. It is recommended that tap water be used when making the polyvinyl alcohol solution. Bacteria will grow much faster in a polyvinyl alcohol solution that contains distilled water. Polyvinyl alcohol and its solutions are considered non-toxic.
  • Semicrystalline films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were prepared by annealing amorphous PVA films at temperatures above the glass transition
    temperature of 85°C, thus allowing the macromolecules to form crystallites, which stabilized the films and made them behave as if they were chemically cross-linked. Films were prepared by casting a 15% aqueous PVA solution onto glass slides and annealing them at temperatures ranging from 90 to 120°C at 15 to 90 min. 
  • PVA is widely used in freshwater sport fishing. Small bags made from PVA are filled with dry- or oil-based bait and attached to the hook, or the baited hook is placed inside the bag and cast into the water. When the bag lands on the lake or river bottom it breaks down, leaving the hook bait surrounded by ground bait, pellets etc. This method helps attract fish to the hook bait, though it does result in dissolved plastic in the water.
  • Biodegradable polymer market in the US has witnessed a series of consolidations over the past 10 years. In 2003 there were more than 7 players in the US Biodegradable polymer market. The U.S. biodegradable polymer market revenues were estimated at $27.0 million, corresponding to 22.9 million pounds of unit shipment. The U.S. biodegradable polymer market revenue is forecast to grow to $67.8 million in 2010 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2 percent. 
  • German chemicals group BASF has launched two new pharmaceutical film-coating products, cementing its position in a market estimated to be worth about €200 million and growing at 5 to 6 per cent a year. Last year, BASF launched Kollicoat IR, the first of a new generation of excipients based on polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol copolymer. 
  • The use of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as a coating agent for food supplements poses no health risks, according to a recent EFSA investigation. The European supplements market was estimated to be worth 5.2 billion in 2005, with growth rate expected to peak at 4.4 percent over this year before dropping to a steady 4.1 percent for the subsequent five years. By 2011, the market is predicted to be worth around 6.6 billion. 
  • Chemicals company DuPont said Friday its packaging and industrial polymers unit is raising its worldwide price for its Elvanol polyvinyl alcohol by 8 cents per pound. The company said high energy, transportation and raw material costs resulted in the price increase, which are effective June 1, or as contracts permit. Elvanol polyvinyl alcohol is used in a variety of industries including textiles, paper, adhesives and films.
  • There are over 22 producers worldwide with ~ 1 million tons on the open market in 2002. Larger producers include Kuraray (Japan) and Celanese (USA) but mainland China has installed a number of very large production facilities in the past decade. In 1998, Western Europe has been the major importer of PVA, so it can be considered as a target market. India and Pakistan can also be considered as target markets. The domestic demand of PVA is estimated to be at least 5,000 Tons per annum for the next coming years.
  • PVOH demand in Asia (except China) was almost flat in 2006 as compared with 2005 when the market plummeted by 10% or so. Moves of PVOH demand appear to be very erratic, affected by inventories in the distribution channel. In 2007 so far, there is no sign of PVOH demand increasing significantly. Under these circumstances, PVOH prices in Asia are not strong at the moment and remain depressed around $2000/ton cfr for most representative commodity grades. Prices for big accounts are slightly below $2000/tonb cfr.
  • The combined exports of China and Taiwan amounted to about 38,700 tons in 2006, and if the exports are regulated by the anti-dumping problem, these exports must find out other markets. Due to the growth potential, Asian markets including the Chinese domestic market should be home for such material. But, if Chinese producers aggressively increase the production capacity, the problem may not be so simple.
  • Polymers
  • Polyvinyl alcohol
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Slime
  • Information About Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Biodegradable Plastics - Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Sizing
  • Rheology and structure of aqueous bentonite–polyvinyl alcohol dispersions 
  • General Information - Clarisol Polyvinyl Alcohol Films


  • Preparation of Polyvinyl Alcohol and Slime
  • Preparation of polyvinyl alcohol-polyacrylamide composite polymer membrane by g-irradiation for entrapment of urease 
  • Preparation and Characterization of Polyvinyl Alcohol–Gelatin Hydrogel Membranes for Biomedical Applications
  • Preparation of poly(vinyl acetate) glue
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Chemical Manufacturing Process
  • Polyvinyl alcohol Recycling in the Process of Sizing Cotton Fibres
  • Preparation and Characterization of Gelatin-Poly(vinyl alcohol) Hydrogels for Three-Dimensional Cell Culture 

Reactions of Polyvinyl Alcohol with Clay

  • Synthesis of Alumina Pillared Fluorine Micas Using Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) as a Template and Their Porous Characteristics
  • The Use of Smectite Clays for Formation of a Ceramic Case Surrounding a Tetragonal Zirconium Dioxide Core
  • The Effect of the Polyacrylamide, Polyvinyl alcohol and Carboxymethylcellulose on the Aggregation of the Soil and Growth of the Plants
  • Novel Organic Modification of Clay Particles for Nanocomposite Formation 
  • Preparation of Delaminated Clay Having a Narrow Micropore Distribution in the Presence of Hydroxyaluminum Cations and Polyvinyl Alcohol

Thermal and Physical Properties

  • Anomalous high activity of a subfraction of polyvinyl alcohol ice blocker 
  • Thermal Decomposition Chemistry of Poly (Vinyl Alcohol)
  • Effects of the Molecular Structure of Polyvinyl Alcohol on the Adhesion to Fibre Substrates
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) Hydrogels and Hybrids for rMPB70 Protein Adsorption
  • Physical Properties
  • Flow Injection Polymer Analysis of Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Adhesion Interactions between Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Iron-Oxide Surfaces: The Effect of Acetylation 
  • Structure and Properties of Poly(vinyl alcohol)/Na+ Montmorillonite Nanocomposites 
  • Poly(acrylic acid)–Poly(vinyl alcohol) Copolymers with Superabsorbent Properties 

Company Profiles

  • Jai Aravali Industrial Products
  • Kurary
  • PVA Unlimited
  • Shanghai Lite Chemical Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Wacker Chemie AG
  • Celanese


  • Bridgette M. Budhall
  • The CECON Group, Inc
  • Craig S. Miller D.M.D., M.S
  • Intota
  • Isabelle M.Germano
  • Pardos Marketing
  • Richard K. Shoemaker
  • SRI Consulting
  • The Innovation Group

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • Safety data for poly(vinyl alcohol)
  • CELVOL E 30/92 Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Release Agent
  • Beryllium Oxide Green Tape
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Mole Hydrolyzed
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Polyvinol
  • Vamulsion


  • Method of making blends of poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(ethylene oxide) 
  • Polyvinyl alcohol polymer production method and polyvinyl alcohol polymer 
  • Blends of poly (vinyl alcohol) and poly (ethylene oxide) and articles made therewith
  • Compositions containing fragrances and powdered water-soluble polymers and toilet blocks produced therefrom
  • Foamable plant fiber composition and the foamed material and article thereof
  • Oxyalkylene group-containing polyvinyl alcohol resin composition and process for the production of shaped articles from said composition
  • Polyvinyl alcohol compositions prepared by crosslinking in a freezing step
  • Process for the preparation of polyvinyl alcohol
  • Medical material of polyvinyl alcohol and process of making
  • Thermoplastic polyvinyl alcohol fibers and method for producing them


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Sterile Ophthalmic Solution
  • Elvanol® 70-03
  • Facial Cleaning Products
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Products List
  • Partall Coverall Film

Aspects of Polyvinyl Alcohol

  • Allergies in the Workplace
  • Current Environmental Issues and Aspects of Textile Wet Processing
  • Environmental Assessment For FCN
  • Environmental assessment of bio-based polymers and natural fibres
  • Nano-Manufacturing: Technical Advances, Researh Challenges and Future Directions

  • Using Celvol Polyvinyl Alcohol in the Production of High-Bulk Tissue and Towel Stock 
  • Compatibility of polyvinyl alcohol and poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) blends estimated by molecular dynamics 
  • Enhancement of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Production and PolyvinylAlcohol Degradation 
  • Focal Adhesions of Osteoblasts on Poly(d,l-lactide)/ Poly(vinyl alcohol) Blends by Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy 
  • Modification of Poly(vinyl alcohol) for use as an Electrolyte Membrane in Direct Methanol Fuel Cell 
  • Some Methods for Doping Poly (Vinyl Alcohol) Hydrogels 
  • Prefabricated modular structures using ECC technology
  • Mechanistic analysis of protein delivery from porous poly(vinyl alcohol) systems
  • Tip–sample interactions in dynamic force microscopy of polyvinyl alcohol films 
  • Photocrosslinking using linear polyols in xanthene dye-doped polyvinyl alcohol plates 
  • Separation of Carbon Dioxide from Nitrogen Using Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Amine Blend Membranes 


  • The Optical Brightener Carrier of Choice in Paper/Paperboard Coatings 
  • Microbial Degradation Of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) In Wastewater Treatment Plants 
  • Enhanced Degradation of Polyvinl Alcohol by Pycnoporus cinnabarinus after Pretreatment with Fenton’s Reagent 
  • A Photo-Crosslinked Poly(vinyl Alcohol) Hydrogel Growth Factor Release Vehicle for Wound Healing Applications
  • Simplified Method of Transcatheter Embolization with Polyvinyl Alcohol Foam
  • Custom-made Polyvinyl Alcohol Grades for Inkjet Applications 
  • Uses of Polymers
  • Embolization of Hepatic Arteriovenous Malformations Using Radiolabeled and Nonradiolabeled Polyvinyl Alcohol Sponge in a Patient with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia 
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol as a Carrier for Optical Brighteners at the Size Press 
  • Semicrystalline poly(vinyl alcohol) films and their blends with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(ethylene glycol) for drug delivery applications 
  • Artificial Tears
  • Repair of Bony and Dentinal Defects Following Implantation of Polyvinyl Alcohol Sponge 


  • Production, Import, Use and Disposal
  • Chemical Business Focus
  • PVA Recovery Can Prove Cost Effective
  • Airborne Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) and Cellulose Fibre Levels in Fibre-Cement Factories in Seven European Countries 
  • BASF extends Kollicoat IR range
  • Biodegradable Plastics - Developments and Environmental Impacts
  • US Biodegradable Polymer Market
  • EFSA Approves Food Supplement Coating Agent
  • Emerged PVA Geogrid Market
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Market Outlook


  • Polyvinyl alcohols Feasibility Study
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol From Taiwan
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol From China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Singapore
  • International Degradable Plastics Symposium
  • Producer's Questionnarie
  • WHO Food Additives Report
  • Emission Anisotropy of p-Cyano-N, N-Dialkylanilines in Poly(vinyl alcohol) Film
  • Copolymers based on poly(vinyl alcohol) and acrylamide
  • Compatibility of Polyvinyl Alcohol with the 241-F/H Tank Farm Liquid Waste 
  • Complete Chemical Protection Report
  • Studies of Polyvinyl Alcohol under Temperature and Humidity Control 
  • The Petrochemical Industry in Singapore

Project and Plant

  • Beijing Organic Chemical Plant
  • PVA emulsion plant
  • Expansion Project of Guangxi Vinylon Plant
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Project Report
  • Functional Fabric with Embedded Nanotube Actuators/Sensors
  • Polymer Project


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Suppliers of Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Selling Leads
  • Premium suppliers  of Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Suppliers
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Manufacturers
  • Rajiv Traders
  • China Supplier

Equipments Suppliers

  • Beaker Suppliers
  • Polyvinyl alcohol production machines Suppliers
  • Magnetic Stirrer Suppliers
  • Indian Exporters & Manufacturers of Magnetic Stirrer
  • Microwaveable Plastic Wrap Suppliers


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Buyers List
  • Indian Importers & Buyers
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Buying Leads


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol Bulk Handling Guidlines 
  • Playing with Polymers
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol-Povidone Opht

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