ABS

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is one of the most versatile plastics (think Lego™)

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PA

A huge family of polymers that can be modified and filled for almost any purpose

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PB

A great polyolefin for high temperature use in hot water piping and other applications

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PC

Commonly used for ‘unbreakable’ glazing but also for many critical applications

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PEEK

Developed in 1977 and still one of the best thermoplastics in terms of heat resistance

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PES

An amorphous engineering thermoplastic with great thermal stability and load bearing up to 180°C

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PMMA (Acrylic)

An early ‘glass-clear’ polymer known by names such as Lucite™, Oroglas™, Perspex™ and Plexiglas™

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POM (Acetal)

A cheaper engineering thermoplastic with good low temperature properties

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PP

The new ‘mild steel’, one of the most common plastics used for everything from car parts to packaging

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PPO (Noryl™)

An engineering thermoplastic used widely for electrical and mechanical applications

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PS

A classic thermoplastic but brittle in basic form and often modified to improve impact properties

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PVC

The staple plastic for windows and pipes (unplasticised) and for insulation (plasticised)

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