There’s a huge range of plastics to choose from for your project.  Here’s a quick reference guide to help you find the most suitable.  We have specialist knowledge of the world of plastic and will be able to advise you on the best material for your use depending on the environment. Consider the industry your components will be used in, will you require an extreme working temperature, chemical resistance or electrical insulation? Do you need something that can withstand high impact or flexibility? Is there a requirement that you feel will be difficult to fulfill? Just give us a ring and we’ll definitely be able to help you with your query.

Quick Reference Guide

Low Friction
Sliding, slipping components Nylons, (PA), Acetal, PTFE, UHMW PE, PET(P)
Self-lubricating bearings Nylons, PET(P), (Nylatron, Nylatron GS)
Dimensional stability Acetal, (POM), PET(P) and Glass Filled Grades, (Delrin, Tufnol)
Wear resistance UHMW PE, Cast Nylon 6, Nylon 66
Chemical resistance PVC, PP, PVDF, HDPE, PEEK, PTFE
Electrical insulation Thermoset, Laminates, Tufnol, Trespa, PVC, PTFE, PPE
Contact with foodstuffs Acetal, UHMW PE, PET(P), PP, Polysulphone (PSU) and PE
UV, Age hardening and radiation Premac, HDPE, PEEK, PVDF PCTFE
Model or prototype work Acrylic, (PMMA), ABS, PVC, Polycarbonate
Impact loads Nylon PA6, PA66 and PA 12, Polycarbonate (PC), Epoxy Laminates, HMW PE
Cyclical loading Nylons, Extruded, Nylons Cast, Acetal, Nylon oil filled
Better resistance to creep / high continuous loading Glass, Filled Grades, Thermoset Laminates, PET(P), High Performance Plastics, Carbon Fibre Laminate, Kevlar, Fibreglass
Low temperature impact strength Nylons, UHMW PE, PVDF
Working temperatures  >100°C High Performance Plastics, Teflon (PTFE), Tufnol, Resin Laminates, Sindanyo® H91
Forming ABS, HIPS (high impact polystyrene), PetG, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PLA Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Kydex
Insulation / Packaging Polyurethane Foam, Polyethylene Foam, Polypropylene Foam, Polystyrene Foam (available in open and closed cell formats)