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Description and Properties of COMMODITY PLASTICS


Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an impact resistant engineering thermoplastic. ABS is made up of three monomers: acrylonitrile, butadiene and Styrene.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, ABS, is an opaque engineering thermoplastic widely used in electronic housings, auto parts, consumer products, pipe fittings, lego toys and many more.


Methyl Methacrylate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (MABS)

Transparent ABS (MABS) has good processability and good physical properties such as impact resistance and modulus. MABS is used for products that are transparent and strength seeking, such as electrical and electronic parts, OA devices and toys.


Styrene Acrylonitrile Copolymer (SAN)

Styrene Acrylonitrile Copolymer (SAN) is a copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile. SAN consists of approx. 70% styrene and 30% acrylonitrile. It is widely used and is processed instead of polystyrene due to its greater thermal resistance. SAN is similar to polystyrene. Like polystyrene, it is optically transparent and brittle in mechanical behavior.


General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS)

General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS), also called crystal clear polystyrene, is completely transparent and rigid. GPPS is commonly used in food packaging or jewelery cases. GPPS is X-ray resistant, odorless and tasteless and easy to process.


High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a rubber-modified, high-impact polystyrene. High Impact Polystyrene is impact resistant. It can be easily painted and glued. HIPS has a matte surface and is a preferred material for thermoforming. A common use of HIPS is yogurt cups.


Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a thermoplastic which belogs to the family of polyesters. PET has a wide range of uses and among other things it is used for the production of plastic bottles (PET bottles), films and textile fibers.