Plastic Extrusion Materials

A material option for your profile requirements

Plastic Extrusion Materials

 

We offer a large range of colours as standard. Where a specific colour is required but cannot be satisfied from our stock compound we can arrange the supply of a colour match sample for your approval direct from the compound manufacturers. Alternatively we can offer a master batch colour match. We also have the ability to co-extrude and “skin” profiles

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PVC - Polyvinyl chloride

Benefits

  • Available in both rigid and flexible profiles
  • Ideal for most weather conditions
  • One of the most affordable materials
  • Inherently clear, making colouring easy
  • Highly machinable

Draw Backs

  • Weakens at higher temperatures
  • Some variations of the material can be difficult to colour
  • Mixed chemical resistance, depending on the use-case

Use cases

  • Drainpipes
  • Water hoses
  • Wire insulation
  • Windows & Doors
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ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

Benefits

  • High impact strength
  • Aesthetically pleasing with a glossy finish
  • Relatively strong
  • Highly machinable

Draw Backs

  • Lower durability in poor weather conditions, although this can be improved with UV stabilisers 
  • Mixed chemical resistance, depending on the use-case

Use cases

  • Drainpipes
  • Car production
  • Household electronics
  • Radiators
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HIPS & MIPS – High / Medium Impact Polystyrene

Benefits

  • High impact strength
  • Weathering and finish performance can be high after treating

Draw Backs

  • Low light resistance, although this can be improved with UV stabilisers 
  • High impact strength comes at the expense of tensile strength, as well as finish
  • Generally poor chemical resistance

Use cases

  • Toys
  • Household appliances
  • Product packing
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HDPE – High Density Polyethylene

Benefits

  • High heat distortion temperature (HDT)
  • High chemical resistance
  • Good rigidity and hardness
  • Inherently white, making colouring easy

Draw Backs

  • Low impact strength
  • Medium light resistance, although this can be improved with UV stabilisers 
  • Difficult to machine
  • Surface complicated adhesion

Use cases

  • Storage boxes
  • Fuel containers
  • Bins
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PP - Polypropylene

Benefits

  • Very lightweight, whilst retaining strength
  • Recyclable
  • Versatile rigidity/ flexibility* 
  • Can have high rigidity*

Draw Backs

  • Not well suited to painting
  • Can have low impact resistance*
  • Can have low long-term durability*

* depending on material choice

Use cases

  • Plumbing
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Car bodies
  • Storage boxes
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TPE – Thermoplastic Elastomer

Benefits

  • Extremely flexible
  • High impact strength
  • Generally good chemical resistance
  • Recyclable

Draw Backs

  • Heat distortion is an issue, although this can be improved with fillers
  • Colouring can only be applied after treatment

Use cases

  • Automotive

Seen enough? Get in touch!

Whatever your query may be, our caring and friendly service team are more than happy to help. You can either send us a quick message or a detailed enquiry with drawings or sketches. We will get in touch with you as soon as we can, to discuss your requirements further.

Reach us online using live chat

Contact us via live chat to discuss your extrusion needs

Reach us by phone or email

During our opening hours reach us on UK (+44) 020 3011 2010 or email us any time at hello@bwcgroup.co.uk

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Friday 9am - 4.15pm

 

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