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Rigid Extrusions

What we do

We produce an ever-increasing variety of rigid profiles in a variety of colours, including clear.

Profiles can be produced in UV stabilised material for outdoor use.  Tooling for these profiles is more complex as sizing plates and sometimes vacuum calibration jigs are required to set the shape along the cooling carriage.

Our most popular rigid polymers include

uPVC (unplasticised, or rigid, Polyvinyl Chloride)

The commodity thermoplastic most widely used across all industries. Durable, stiff and with excellent chemical resistance 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

ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate)

Similar to ABS but more durable having outstanding outdoor weatherability with no loss of colour, gloss and mechanical properties. Can be used as a capping on, e.g. PVC. Readily accepts 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)

Tough and creep resistant, offering excellent clarity. Suitable for food use

PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylate or Acrylic)

Tough, lightweight and highly transparent. Best known as a glass substitute in lenses and safety glass. Outstanding weatherability. Can be coloured and modified for lighting diffusers

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.


Download our free working with rigids checklist:

Complete the form below and get your hands on our free Rigids Checklist. It offers a ten-point list that covers critical considerations such as:

  • Application environment
  • Temperature
  • Strength
  • Colours
  • Recycle-ability and more.

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Contact Polyplas:

Polyplas Extrusions Limited
Unit 1 Wilden Industrial Estate
Wilden Lane
Stourport on Severn
DY13 9JY

T: +44 (0)1299  827344
F: +44 (0)1299  827016