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Plastics Abbreviations – Our Handy Guide

Plastics Abbreviations - A Handy Guide

A Simple Guide to Plastics Abbreviations

ABS  acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
ASA  acrylate-styrene-acrylonitrile
ATH  aluminium trihydrate
BDS  butadiene-styrene block copolymer
BMC  bulk moulding compound
BOPP  biaxially oriented polypropylene
BR  butadiene rubber
CA  cellulose acetate
CAB  cellulose acetate-butyrate
CAP  celluse acetate propionate
CE  cellulose
CMC  carboxymethyl celluse
CN  cellulose nitrate
CP  cellulose propionate
CSM  chopped strand mat (or) chlorosulphonated polyethylene (rubber)
DMC  dough moulding compound
ECTFE  ethylene chlorotrifluoro ethylene copolymer
EPDM  ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (elastomer)
EPM  ethylene-propylene rubber = EPR
EPR  ethylene-propylene rubber = EPM
EPS  expanded polystyrene
EVA  ethylene vinyl acetate
EVOH  ethylene vinyle achol
FEP  fluorinated ethylene-propylene
FRP  fibre reinforced polyester/plastics
GMT  glass mat thermoplastic
GPPS  general purpose polystyrene
GRP  glass reinforced plastic
HDPE  high density polyethylene
HEMA  hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer
HIPS  high impact polystyrene = TPS
LCP  liquid crystal polymer = SRP
LDPE  low density polyethylene
LLDPE  linear low density polyethylene
MBS  methacrylate-butadiene-styrene terpolymer
MDPE  medium density polyethylene
MF  melamine formaldehyde
NBR  nitrile rubber = acrylonitrile butadiene rubber
NR  natural rubber
OPP  oriented polypropylene
PA  polyamide = nylon
PA 11  nylon 11
PA 12  nylon 12
PA 46  nylon 46
PA 6  nylon 6
PA 610  nylon 610
PA 66  nylon 66
PA 66/610  nylon 66/610 copolymer
PAA  polaryl amide
PAI  polyamide imide
PAN  polyacrylonitrile
PB  polybutylene
PBT  polybutylene terephthalate = PTMT
PC  polycarbonate
PE  polyethylene
PEBA  polyether block amide
PEEK  polyetheretherketone
PEEL  polyester elastomer
PEI  polyester imide
PEK  polyetherketone
PES  polyether sulphone
PETG  PET copolymer
PETP  polyethylene terephthalate
PF  phenol formaldehyde
PFA  perfluoro alkoxyl alkane
PHB  polyhydroxybutyrate
PI  polyimide
PIR  polyisocyanurate rigid (foam)
PMMA  polymethyl methacrylate
PMP  polymethyl pentene
POM  polyoxymethylene
PP  polypropylene
PPE  polyphenylene ether
PPO  polyphenylene oxide
PPS  polyphenylene sulphide
PPSS  polyphenylene sulphide sulphone
PS  polystyrene
PSU  polysulphone
PTFE  polytetrafluoroethylene
PTMT  polytetramethylene terephthalate = PBT
PUR  polyurethane
PVA  polyvinyl acetate
PVB  polyvinyl butytral (butyrate)
PVC  polyvinyl chloride
PVCC  chlorinated polyvinyl chloride
PVCP  polyvinyl chloride plasticised
PVCU  polyvinyl chloride unplasticised
PVDC  polyvinylidene chloride
PVDF  polyvinylidene flouride
PVF  polyvinylflouride
PVOH  polyvinyl alcohol
SAN  styrene acrylonitrile (copolymer)
SBR  styrene butadiene rubber
SBS  styrene-butadiene-styrene (block copolymer)
SEBS  styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene
SIS  styrene-isoprene-styrene
SMA  styrene maleic anhydride
SMC  sheet moulding compond
SRP  self reinforcing polymer = LCP
TPE  thermoplastic elastomer
TPO  thermoplastic olefin (rubber)
TPR  thermoplatic rubber
TPS  toughened polystyrene = HIPS
TPU  thermoplastic polyurethane (rubber) = TPUR
TPUR  thermoplastic polyurethane (rubber) = TPU
TPX*  polymethyl pentene copolymer
UF  urea formaldehyde
UHMWPE  ultra high molecular weight PE
VC  vinyl chloride = VCM
VCM  vinyl chloride monomer = VC
XLPE  cross-linked polyethylene

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