Our range of standard plastic materials are referred to as commodity plastics. These materials are either amorphous or semi-crystalline thermoplastics which are generally low cost, have low temperature resistance, low strength, but are widely used across many New Zealand industries in applications up to 90°C. Our range encompasses different thicknesses and colours of UHMW-PE, HMW-PE, HD-PE, LD-PE, PVC, ABS, PPE, Acrylic, Polyurethane and Polypropylene.
Polyslick™ XL is the superlative abrasion resistant grade of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE). XL grade is further enhanced with either silicone (XLS) for release and slip, or with glass (GXL) for unparalleled wear resistance. POLYSLICK™ XL grades are UV stabilised and have reduced thermal expansion.
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE) is often referred to as the world’s toughest polymer. UHMW-PE has high abrasion resistance, as well as excellent impact strength. It is chemically resistant and has a low coefficient of friction which makes it highly effective in a variety of applications.
Reprocessed grade UHMW-PE utilises finely ground post production material to produce an economical substitute to using 100% virgin resin. Technical properties will be reduced from virgin material although hardness may be slightly increased. Generally the colour is black but it may show other coloured particles.
Compared to UHMW-PE, HMW-PE has approximately 10% of the impact strength and only 25% of its abrasion resistance. HMW-PE has a slightly better price point than UHMW-PE and may be used where impact and abrasion are not a primary concern.
Compared to UHMW-PE, HD-PE has approximately 6% of the impact strength and only 25% of its abrasion resistance. HDPE has the highest tensile strength of both UHMW-PE and HMW-PE and is the hardest material of the three. Typically, it is an extruded sheet product which can have a glossy or embossed finish.
Polypropylene offers a good balance of thermal, chemical and electrical properties with moderate strength. Copolymers offer better impact resistance, while Homopolymers are stiffer and have higher operating temperatures. Abrasion resistance is poor.
Excellent strength to weight ratio, chemical and flame resistance, make unplasticised PVC the material of choice for a wide range of applications. Offering low cost, rigid and durable, solvent cementable with excellent electrical insulation makes this a very versatile material.
TECANYL PPE exhibits unusually low moisture absorption because of its inherent composition. Good electrical insulating properties are achieved over a wide range of humidity and temperature conditions. Chemical attack from water, most salt solutions, acids and bases is also minimal.
An elastomeric material of exceptional physical properties such as, toughness, flexibility and resistance to abrasion, temperature, puncture and tearing. Grades from shore hardness 50A to 75D. PU combines the toughness of metal with the elasticity of rubber. PU can be custom cast, enabling it to be cost effective for small to medium production runs.