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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. 

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Popular abbreviations:

Plastic Tube Inserts:

HDPE                   High Density Polyethylene                                                                
LDPE Low Density Polyethylene


EPDM               Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer                                               


PVC                       Polyvinyl Chloride                                                                              

Other 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 Ethylene-propylene rubber
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
LCP Liquid crystal polymer
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 Polyetheretherketon
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
PUR Polyurethane
PVA Polyvinyl acetate
PVB Polyvinyl butytral (butyrate)
PVC Polyvinyl chloride
PVCC Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride
PVCP Polyvinyl chloride plasticise
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
UHMWRE Ultra high molecular weight PE
VC Vinyl chloride = VCM
VCM Vinyl chloride monomer = VC
XLPE Cross-linked polyethylene

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