Materials

We manufacture from a wide range of predominantly engineering type materials both unfilled and reinforced; including carbon fibre. Nylon is a very widely used by our customers along with A.B.S, polycarbonate, P.P.S (polyphenylene sulphide) down to the commodity plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene. Contact us for a complete, detailed listing of all polymers and we will assist in finding the most suitable material for your requirements.

The following table outlines each of the polymers we are able to offer and a brief description of their applications. Each polymer has its own set of unique qualities and if you are unsure what would suit your needs, please contact one of our engineers for a in depth discussion of the most suitable material for you to use.

Material Name Abbreviation Trade Names Description Applications
Acrylic PMMA Diakon, Oroglas, Lucite, Plexiglas Rigid, brittle, scratch resistant, transparent, optical clarity, low/medium cost Display stands, knobs, lenses, light housings, panels, reflectors, signs, shelves, trays
Acrylonitril Butadiene Sytrene ABS Cycolac, Magnum, Novodur, Terluran Strong, flexible, low mold shrinkage (tight tolerances), chemical resistance, electroplating capability, naturally opaque, low/medium cost Automotive (consoles, panels, trim, air vents), boxes, gauges, housings, inhalers, toys
Cellulose Acetate CA Dexel, Cellidor, Setilithe Tough, transparent, high cost Bearings, bushings, gears, rollers, wheels
Polyamide 6 (Nylon) PA6 Akulon, Ultramid, Grilon High strength. fatigue resistance, chemical resistance, low creep, low friction, almost opaque/white, medium/high cost Bearings, bushings, gears, rollers, wheels
Polyamide 6/6 (Nylon) PA6/6 Kopa, Zytel, Radilon High strength, fatigue resistance, chemical resistance, low creep, low friction, almost opaque/white, medium/high cost Handles, levers, small housings, zip ties
Polyamide 11/12 (Nylon) PA 11/12 Rilsan, Grilamid High strength, fatigue resistance, chemical resistance, low creep, low friction, almost opaque to clear, very high cost Air filters, eyeglass frames, safety masks
Polycarbonate PC Calibre, Lexan, Makrolon Very tough, temperature resistance, dimensional stability, transparent, high cost Automotive (panels, lenses, consoles), bottles, containers, housings, light covers, reflectors, safety helmets and shields
Polyester – Thermoplastic PBT, PET Celanex, Crastin, Lupox, Rynite, Valox Rigid, heat resistance, chemical resistance, medium/high cost Automotive (filters, handles, pumps), bearings, cams, electrical components (connectors, sensors), gears, housings, rollers, switches, valves
Polyether Sulphone PES Victrex, Udel Tough, very high chemical resistance, clear, very high cost Valves
Polyetherimide PEI Ultem Heat resistance, flame resistance, transparent (amber colour Electrical components (connectors, boards, switches), covers, shields, surgical tools
Polyethylene – Low Density LDPE Alkathene, Escorene, Novex Lightweight, tough and flexible, excellent chemical resistance, natural waxy appearance, low cost Kitchenware, housings, covers, and containers
Polyphenylene Oxide PPO Noryl, Thermocomp, Vamporan Tough, heat resistance, flame resistance, dimensional stability, low water absorption, electroplating capability, high cost Automotive (housings, panels), electrical components, housings, plumbing components
Polyphenylene Sulphide PPS Ryton, Fortron Very high strength, heat resistance, brown, very high cost Bearings, covers, fuel system components, guides, switches, and shields
Polypropylene PP Novolen, Appryl, Escorene Lightweight, heat resistance, high chemical resistance, scratch resistance, natural waxy appearance, tough and stiff, low cost Automotive (bumpers, covers, trim), bottles, caps, crates, handles, housings
Polystyrene –General Purpose GPPS Lacqrene, Styron, Solarene Brittle, transparent, low cost Cosmetics packaging, pens
Polystyrene – High impact HIPS Polystyrol, Kostil, Polystar Impact strength, rigidity, toughness, dimensional stability, naturally translucent, low cost Electronic housings, food containers, toys
Styrene Acrylonitrile SAN Luran, Arpylene, Starex Stiff, brittle, chemical resistance, heat resistance, hydrolytically stable, transparent, low cost Housewares, knobs, syringes
Thermoplastic Elastomer/Rubber TPR Hytrel, Santoprene, Sarlink Tough, flexible, high cost Bushings, electrical components, seals, washers

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