- uPVC (unplasticised, or rigid, Polyvinyl Chloride)
The commodity thermoplastic most widely used across all industries. Durable, stiff and with excellent chemical resistence it is highly versatile with grades suitable for both indoors and outdoors as well as food grades. Inherently fire resistant being self-extinguishing, it is compounded in clear and coloured versions.
- uPVC re-work/re-chip
Re-processed material can be extruded again without loss of performance when function and price outweigh aesthetics. Especially welcomed where sustainability is required.
- ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Stytrene)
Tough and opaque with good impact and chemical resistance. Offering a wider working temperature range than PVC, especially lower down the scale. Better employed indoors but accepts paint/adhesives.
- HIPS (High impact Polystyrene)
Lower density, rigid, brittle. Available in clear and coloured grades. Indoor use, accepts painting, plating and adhesives.
- PA (Polyamide) (aka Nylon)
Tough, rigid, translucent and hard wearing. Resistant to fuels, oils, fats. A little susceptible to moisture absorption but has good creep resistance.
- PC (Polycarbonate)
Outstanding impact resistance. High dielectric strength, good high temperature performance and offering good flame resistance. Clear. Opaque grades available.
- PC/ABS Alloy
Better chemical resistance than PC with higher temperature and flame performance than ABS.
- PE (Polyethylene)
Processed in both low (LDPE) and high (HDPE) versions, this is a tough and translucent polymer with a low co-efficient of friction. Good chemical resistance, used indoors and outdoors.
- PETg (Polyethylene Terephthalate co-polymer)
Touch and creep resistant, offering excellent clarity. Suitable for food use.
- POM (Polyoxymethylene or Acetal)
Most often specified as a moulding grade, this is a rigid and touch polymer with excellent resistance to wear, creep and stress relaxation.
- PP (Polypropylene)
Highly inert semi-rigid material in co- and homo-polymer derivatives. Tough and offering good chemical resistance as well as low friction.
- PPE/PPO (Polyphenylene Ether/Polyphenylene Oxide)
Opaque, engineering grade materials with good dielectric strength and heat distortion temperature. Some grades low smoke/halogen free.
- SBC (Styrene Butadiene copolymer)
Clearer and lighter than PVC and offering good impact and UV resistance.
- WPC (Wood/plastic composite)
A polymer containing wood flour. Lightweight and durable, it is used to give a wood effect to the profile.