A family of polymers which can be heated up to yield a molten polymer and cooled to yield a solid polymer.
Polyolefins is the generic term for polymers which are derived from base chemicals known as olefins. They include polypropylene and polyethylene which form tough, flexible plastic.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety of applications including food packaging, textiles, plastic parts and reusable containers. It is unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, rugged and with good resistance to fatigue.
Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer created through polymerization of ethane. It is classified into several different categories based on density and crystallinity of carbon chains.
High Density Polyethylene or HDPE is used in products such as mainly pipes, detergent bottles, margarine tubs and garbage containers.
Low Density Polyethylene or LDPE is used in the manufacture of amongst others, rigid containers and plastic film applications such as plastic bags and film wrap.
Linear Low Density Polyethylene or LLDPE is used in the manufacture of amongst others, water tanks, film for bags and sheets, cable covering, toys, lids, buckets and containers and pipes.
Polycarbonate or PC is durable, has high impact-resistance and high scratch-resistance. It can be utilised in automotive, security and electrical components as well as protective eyewear applications, amongst others.
Acrylics are transparent and durable and can also be used in automotive components, signage, aquariums and skylights.
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
ABS is a common thermoplastic used to make light, rigid, moulded products such as pipes, automotive body parts and electrical components.
HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)
High Impact Polystyrene or HIPS is created when polybutadiene is added to polystyrene to impart increased strength and flexibility. Common applications are product casings, plastic cutlery and toys.