The Appearance of Polymers in Rio 2016

Team GB is putting in a stellar performance at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. We’re working our way up the medal table and have already won a number of medals of all colours. To date we’ve proved ourselves in the water, out on the road and in the pool – but what role have plastics played in The Greatest Show on Earth?

We discovered a wonderful piece from British Plastics that delved into the leading role of polymers in the Rio 2016 games. We discuss their contribution to the success of the games below, courtesy of the authors at British Plastics.

Stadium Construction

The Olympic Stadium has used recycled PVC in its construction from multiple previous venues. In fact, temporary structures dismantled after London 2012 are being recycled for 2016’s games. Additionally, stadiums from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are being recycled too, and their PVC in use for Rio 2016.

Thermoplastic Seating

Radiflam RV300UKHF 3010 BK is being used for much of the seating. Sourced from Italian engineering polymers specialist Radici Group, its flame-retardant thermoplastics are being used for seating within 5 of the Olympic venues. The article says the below about the material:

“Radiflam RV300UKHF 3010 BK is a polyamide 6 flame-retardant 30 percent-glass-fibre filled grade, specified for its maximum performance in terms of mechanical resistance, flame retardancy, aesthetic appearance and resistance to prolonged UV exposure.”

Competition Turf

Artificial turf for the Olympic pitches is being produced based on The Dow Chemical Company’s polyethylene (PE) and polyurethane (PU) technologies at the Deodoro Olympic Park. The company is also introducing new microfoaming technology to minimise Rio 2016’s carbon footprint.

PVC Pools

Another Italian company Mythra has constructed all the pools in Rio. And – aside from the green tinge – all has gone well! Hard PVC has been used to laminate the front side of the pools panels. Liquid PVC has been used to seal panel joints. The concrete floor is also waterproofed using reinforced PVC membrane.

Environmentally Friendly Medals

Lastly, half of the plastic used in the ribbons of the medals from Rio are made of recycled plastic bottles.

So if you’ve ever doubted the widespread use and usefulness of plastic – you won’t now! Read the full article on British Plastics here.

And view Plastock’s online range of PVC products here

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