Types and categories of plastics

  • Bio-based plastics

    Bio-based plastics

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling, Q&As


    Bio-based plastics

    Bio-based plastics are plastics made in whole
    or partially from biological resources. More


     

  • Biodegradable plastics

    Biodegradable plastics

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    Biodegradable Plastics


    Biodegradable plastics are plastics degraded
    by microorganisms into water, carbon dioxide
    (or methane) and biomass under specified
    conditions.  Biodegradability is an intrinsic property
    of the material, independent of its origin.
    Biodegradable plastics can be from fossil
    or renewable resources. More

  • Engineering plastics

    Engineering plastics

    ABS, LCP, PBT, PEEK, PMMA, PA, PSU/P/PPSU, PC, PI, POM, PPA, PPS, PVDF, TPE-E, UHMWPE

    Engineering

    plastics


    are used in applications generally requiring
    higher performance in the areas of heat resistance,
    chemical resistance, impact, fire retardancy or
    mechanical strength. More


    Plastic products in this category:
    ABS Resins, LCP, PBT, POM, Polyamide, Polycarbonate, TPE, UHMWPE, Polyimides, PVDF, PMMA, PPS, PEEK, PPA, Polyarylsulfone

  • Elastomers

    Elastomers

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling


    Elastomers

    are a category of pliable plastic
    material that are good at insulating,
    withstanding deformation, and molding
    into different shapes. More


  • Epoxy resins

    Epoxy resins

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling & Recovery


    Epoxy Resins

    a family of synthetic resins, their physical
    state can be anything from a low viscosity
    liquid to a high melting point solid.  More



     

  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS)

    Expanded polystyrene (EPS)

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling and Recovery


    Expandable
    polystyrene (EPS)

    a thermoplastic product that is lightweight,
    strong, and offers excellent thermal insulation,
    making it ideal for the packaging and
    construction industries. More


     

  • Fluoropolymers

    Fluoropolymers

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling and Recovery


    Fluoropolymers

    are a family of high-performance plastics.
    The best known member of this family
    is called PTFE. PTFE is one of the smoothest
    materials around, and very tough! More

     

  • Polyolefins (PO)

    Polyolefins (PO)

    Polyethylene, Polypropylene


    Polyolefins (PO)

    is the collective description for plastics
    types that include polyethylene - low density
    polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene
    (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) -
    and polypropylene (PP). More


    Polyolefins (family) includes:
    PE and PP


  • Polyethylene teraphtalate (PET)

    Polyethylene teraphtalate (PET)

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling & Recovery


    Polyethylene
    Terephthalate (PET)

    is one of the most commonly used plastics
    in Europe’s packaging industry for several
    reasons.

     

  • Polystyrene (PS)

    Polystyrene (PS)

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling & Recovery


    Polystyrene (PS)

    a thermoplastic polymer which softens when
    heated and can be converted into semi-finished
    products like films and sheets, as well as a
    wide range of finished articles. More


     

  • Polyurethanes (PUR)

    Polyurethanes (PUR)

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling & Recovery


    Polyurethane (PUR)

    is a resilient, flexible and durable
    manufactured material. More

     

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

    History, Properties, Applications, Processes, Recycling and Recovery


    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

    is durable and light, strong, fire resistant,
    with excellent insulating properties and
    low permeability.  More



     

  • Thermoplastics

    Thermoplastics

    History, Properties, Processes, Applications, Recycling


    Thermoplastics

    is a type of plastic made from polymer resins
    that becomes a homogenized liquid when heated
    and hard when cooled. These characteristics,
    which lend the material its name, are reversible.
    That is, it can be reheated, reshaped, and frozen
    repeatedly. More

  • Thermosets

    Thermosets

    History, Properties, Processes, Applications, Recycling


    Thermosets

    or thermosetting, plastics are synthetic
    materials that strengthen during being
    heated, but cannot be successfully
    remolded or reheated after their initial
    heat-forming.  More

 

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