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High Performance Polymers

High performance polymers differ from commodity polymers and engineering polymers primarily by their temperature stability but also by their chemical stability, mechanical properties, production quantity and their price.

There are many synonyms for the term high-performance polymers. These include: high temperature plastics, high-performance polymers and also high performance thermoplastics or high-tech plastics.

The name high temperature plastics is in use due to their continuous service temperature (CST). This is always higher than 150°C by definition.

High performance polymers meet higher test requirements than standard and engineering polymers because of their better mechanical properties, higher chemical and/or higher heat stability.

Most high-performance polymers are chosen for their characteristics in a single property e.g. heat stability. Therefore, they stand in contrast to engineering polymers which usually cover a broader range of properties.

Thermal stability is also a key feature of high-performance polymers. Also mechanical properties are closely linked to the thermal stability.

  • LCP – Liquid Crystal Polymers
  • PSU/PES – Polylsulfone / Polyethersulfone
  • PVDF – Polyvinylidene fluoride
  • PEI – Polyetherimide
  • PPS – Polyphenylene Sulphide
  • PEEK – Polyetheretherketone
  • SBC – Styrene Butadiene Copolymers
  • PK – Polyketone

High-performance polymers can be divided in amorphous and semi-crystalline polymers, just like all polymers. Polysulfone (PSU), poly(ethersulfone) (PES) and polyetherimide (PEI) for example are amorphous; poly (phenylene sulfide) (PPS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyether ketones (PEK), however are semi-crystalline.

High Performance Polymers from many of the world’s leading manufacturers:

LCP
Vectra® – Celanese
Zenite® – Celanese

PVDF
Kynar® – Arkema
Dyneon™ – 3M

PPS
Fortron® – Celanese
Ryton® – Solvay

SBC
K-Resin® – Chevron Phillips
CET® – Resirene
Kibiton® Q-Resin – Chimei
Zylar® – Ineos Styrolution

PSU/PES
Radel® – Solvay
Udel® – Solvay
Ultrason® – BASF

PEI
Ultem™ – SABIC

PEEK
Ketaspire® – Solvay
Victrex® – Victrex

Our extensive portfolio of suppliers enables us to supply anything from 25kg upwards. We can arrange for compounding of these grades too.

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Our longstanding partnerships allow us to specialise in sourcing and also compounding most grades of engineering polymers. In addition. all brand names listed are trademarks of the manufacturers and we are not an authorised distributor for these manufacturers. Finally, we only supply prime grades in original packaging with the manufacturers documentation.

® – Trademarks owned or also used by the producers.
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