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Plastic & Rubber Material Abbreviations Guide

We don't expect you to know every single abbreviation out there when it comes to Plastics & Rubber, which is why we have put together a list of all the most common abbreviations that we use around our site. 

Popular abbreviations:
Plastic tube inserts:

- HDPE - High Density Polyethylene
- LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene
- EPDM - Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer

- PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride

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 
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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