Plasmasters Pty Ltd
3 Combarton Street
Brendale   QLD   4500


Postal Address
PO Box 5461
Brendale   QLD   4500

Telephone:  07 3881 1023
Fax: 07 3205 4683














ISO 9001 Quality Assurance

Common Plastic Compounds


ABBREVIATION CHEMICAL NAME USES CHARACTERISTICS
 ABS  Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Copolymer  Lego, Musical Instruments (Recorders, Clarinets)  Glossy, Resistance, Toughness & Electrical Insulation
 ASA  Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate  Outdoor uses, automotive  Similar to ABS but with good weather resistance
 VA  Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer  Hot glue sticks, shock absorber in sports shoes and padding in sports equipment  Softness and flexibility and UV resistance
 PA  Polyamide (Nylon)  Formed into monofilaments and yarns also used in industry for gears, packaging, hoses, lenses, eartags and many other applications  Strong, wear, abrasion and chemical resistant
 PAS  Polyarylsulfone  Lighting fixtures, electrical and electronic components, surgical and medical devices  Good hydrolytic stability, and chemical resistance to many commonly used acids and bases
 PBT  Polybutylene Terephthalate  Insulator in electrical and electronics industry  Resistant to solvents and has high strength, rigidity and toughness. Can have additive such as Flame retardants added
 PC  Polycarbonate  Glassware, spectacle lenses, CD's, DVD's  Temperature and impact resistance and optical properties
 PE  Polyethylene  Plastic shopping bags  Low cost material
 HDPE  High Density Polyethylene  Crates, margarine containers  Stronger than Polyethylene, more opaque
 LDPE  Low Density Polyethylene  Plastic shopping bags, computer components  Flexible and tough
 LLDPE  Linear Low Density Polyethylene  Plastic film  Toughness, flexibility and transparency
 PEEK  Polyetheretherketone  Surgical, automotive and aerospace applications  Flame, chemical and wear resistant
 PEI  Polyetherimide  Medical, chemical instrumentation also electrical components  Heat, solvent & flame resistance & high mechanical properties
 PET  Polyethylene Terephthalate  Plastic bottles  Clear, lightweight, strong and impact resistant
 PI  Polyimide  Electronics and medical applications  Flexible, flame & chemical resistant thermal stability
 POM  Polyoxymethylene (Acetal)  Bearing replacement, guitar picks, used as replacement for timber in flutes  Low friction, wear resistant
 PP  Polypropylene  Housewares, kettles, battery casings and plastic bank notes  Tough and flexible, economical and heat resistant
 PS  Polystyrene  CD cases, plastic model kits, test tubes, petri dishes  Rigid, economical
 HIPS   High Impact Polystyrene  Toys and product casings  Stronger and less brittle than Polystyrene
 PSU  Polysulfone  Medical applications  Resistant to high temperatures, high impact resistance, can be used under high pressures
 PU   Polyurethane  Print rollers, castor wheels, skateboard wheels  High resilience
 PVC  Polyvinylchloride (Vinyl)  Plumbing pipes  Biologically and chemically resistant
 Flexible PVC  Polyvinylchloride (Vinyl)  Non slip feet for ladders  Economical, good wear properties