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PC/ABS Plastic Supplier UK

Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Blend
PC/ABS is one of the most widely used engineering polymers. It is produced from a blend of PC and ABS.

It provides a great combination of the very good processing characteristics of ABS along with the excellent mechanical properties, impact and also the heat resistance of PC.

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Physical Properties

  • High Heat resistance
  • Easy to process
  • High gloss
  • Easy to colour and to print onto
  • High impact strength and also at low temperatures
  • High stiffness
  • Low overall shrinkage with high dimensional accuracy

Chemical Properties

Only has limited resistance to hydrolysis.
Not resistant to ketones, esters, chlorinated hydrocarbons

Typical Applications

Automotive interior parts
Electronic components
Mobile phone housings
Television housings
Keypads
Tablets/Laptop cases
Business machines/ copiers

Within the automotive sector, PC/ABS is a material in particularly high demand.

The growing move towards customer personalisation within the vehicle has led to significant change in the design of automotive interiors as consumers look for a more individual experience.

Car interiors now offer improved functionality and a much more elegant and luxurious appearance in order to satisfy this desire.

PC/ABS is widely used in both interior and exterior applications due to its excellent balance of mechanical properties and ease of processing but the downside is that these materials typically produce less attractive, high-gloss surfaces.

To eliminate this issue, parts often require texturing or painting to deliver the desired low gloss appearance associated with the premium car brands.

Structure

Amorphous

All blends are produced using a compounding step to blend the polymers. This compounding technology is most important for creating the optimal conditions for homogenisation and interaction between the two phases.

Using a combination of the right additives, for example: flame retardant additives, stabilisation packages, and impact modifiers for improved reinforcement, blends are produced with an optimum set of balanced properties.

The balance between the PC and the ABS affects mainly the heat resistance of the polymer.

Useful data

Density – 1.15 g/cm ³

Pre-Drying – 4 hours at 80°C in a dehumidifying hot air drier

Melt temperature – 260-270°C

Mould Temperature – 70-90 °C

Shrinkage – 0.5-0.7%. For glass filled grades 0.2-0.4%

Trade names and manufacturers

Covestro – Bayblend

Sabic – Cycoloy

LG Chem – Lupoy

Trinseo – Pulse

Romira – Romiloy

Chi Mei – Wonderloy

Hardie Polymers can help source grades from all of the above manufacturers

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Bayblend®
Cycoloy™
Lupoy®
Pulse®
Romiloy®
Wonderloy®

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