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PVA Applications


PVA type



Sealant of type 


Adhesive of paper


Plywood/ timber processing/ Man-made board


Emulsion Stabilizer 




PVA film


Hydrophobic fiber


Hydrophilic fiber 




Non-woven agents/ architectural coating


Casting Industry






1.Papermaking & processing 

In papermaking, water-soluble polymers are mainly applied to surface sizing agent, pigment binding agent, and paper addictive. In the past starch-based pigment was used as a surface sizing agent and casein as a binding agent. Today since the adhesion of PVA FIBER is stronger than casein, with better film-forming property and higher intensity of the film, the demand of PVA for paper processing is on the rise. Along with the large-equipment involving, high efficiency and high-grade papermaking and reasonable ways of packing, such demand will be even greater. Main applications: (1) binding agent for paper; (2) re-moistening agent; (3) paper surface sizing; (4) paper pigment coating; (5) papermaking (paper internal sizing). Applicable varieties: PVA 24-99, PVA 20-99, and PVA 1788etc.

2. Plywood, artificial board and timber processing 
PVA can be a de-characterizing agent of thermosetting resin mainly used as a binding agent such as carbamide, formaldehyde resin and melamine, for plywood, artificial board and timber processing. When mixed with melamine-formaldehyde resin, the PVA size paste helps increase the viscosity and shortens both curing and cooling time with stronger initial cohesion. Commonly used varieties: 17-99, 20-99, and 24-99 etc.

3. Emulsifying and stabilizing agents 

With its very low surface tension and its ability to disperse VAC in water into very fine granules, PVA is applied to produce PVAc emulsion. It is also a very good protective colloid that enables the polymerized, colloidal and granular PVAc to form a stable aqueous emulsion and keep it from coagulation or degradation. Selection from a variety of PVA products depends on their properties. As for latex with a strong cohesion at the beginning of production, the complete alcoholysis type PVA can be selected, such as those labeled 24-99, 18-99, 20-99 and 17-99; on the contrary, for production of latex with low viscosity despite high content of solid, a PVA with a low degree of polymerization may be mixed with a PVA with high alcoholysis, and 03-88 can be used together with 17-99.

4. Construction Industry

Polyvinyl alcoholis used as an addictive to cement and mortar for efficient increase of their cohesion and fluidity, and reduce the drying time for the concrete surface, thus increasing coating adaptability and preventing concrete cloth from chapping. Besides, due to its simple application method with desired effects, PVA is suitable for wall and ceiling decoration and tile facing.
PVAcan be also used as an adhesive agent for profiles, e.g. prefabricated plasterboard and sound absorption board that are made of organic fibers (cane, residue and wood-shavings) or non-organic materials on which highly cohesive and waterproof PVA series can be applied to make profiles through compression and cohesion. 
The PVA solution, a poly vinyl formal (PVFM) high molecular compound, finds its wide application in internal wall coating, plasterwork and joint sealing due to its favorable properties of weather resistance, waterproof, non-swell with water, non-embrittlement, non-poison, tastelessness, and inexpensive prices. 
In the coating sector the traditional varieties can only be used in making profiles. PVA with a higher degree of polymerization, such as the models 20-99 and 24-99, are often selected as a substitute.


PVA film has many unique advantages unmatchable for general polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) due to its properties of bearing static electricity, good optical transmission, good gloss, low oxygen permeability, and coriaceous coating. 
In this sector traditional varieties are seldom used. Due to low viscosity of PVA 17-99 series, generally for membrane not easily soluble, PVA 20-99 and 24-99 may be used, whereas the PVA 17-95 and 17-88 may be often used for production of water-soluble membranes.

6. Printing

For the PVA film which contains dichromatidgelatin or cinnamon acid, after ultraviolet radiation, part of the PVA combines with dichromatidgelatin to produce insoluble complex salt, or with cinnamon acid to have a water-insoluble meshwork due to the bridging effect. After heat treatment for increase of physical strength, the meshwork can be used for screen printing.

7. Textile

Functional PVA is now the most efficient synthetic sizing agent for warp paste with the following advantages: 
(1). PVA membrane has a good sizing effect and can improve the weavability of high-density and high-grade textiles due to its excellent properties of obdurability, smoothness, wear resistance and adhesiveness on fibers. 
(2). PVA has a powerful cohesive force on fibers as well as good protective effects to reduce times of textile yarn breaking and improve weaving efficiency. 
(3). PVA size paste doesn’t not get corrosive easily and degraded without any change in viscosity after long-time heating, which ensures stable sizing and minimizes hard size spots. 
(4). At textile factories the moisture of starch paste must be at 80-85%, while the moisture requirement for PVA size mixture is just 70-75%, which makes it possible to improve operating environment and production efficiency. 
(5). To minimize desizing in the process of sizing and weaving and keep the factory area clean, PVA series with medium degrees of polymerization and 90-97 (mol/mol)% alcoholysis, such as 20-95 and 17-95, are applicable.


PVA fibers can be used to made vinylon.Though the clothing property of vinylon may be far less popular than other synthetic fibers, Vinylon is still known for its properties of moisture absorption and wear resistance and can substitute some cotton-made bedding, knitwear, decorative cloth, canvas, uniform, work clothes, fishing net and curtain. Other properties of vinylon meet industrial requirements, such as high strength, low elongation, high modulus, acid/alkali/weather resistance, good adhesiveness to rubbers. So high-strength and high-membrane vinylon can be used as an alternative to asbestos.

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