Here are common plastics abbreviations you might see on spec sheets or our quotes.

Abbreviation Plastics Name
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene
CPVC Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
ECTFE Ethylene-Chlorotrifluorethylene
ETFE Ethylene-Tetrafluoroethylene
EVA Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene
HDPE High-Density Polyethylene
LCP Liquid Crystal Polymer
LDPE Low-Density Polyethylene
LLDPE Linear Low-Density Polyethylene
MDPE Medium-Density Polyethylene
MFA Polytetrafluoroethylene-Perfluoromethylvinylether
PA Polyamide (nylon)
PAEK Polyaryletherketone
PAES Polyarylethersulfone
PAI Polyamide-imide
PAR Polyarylate
PAS Polyarylsulfone
PB Polybutylene
PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate
PC Polycarbonate
PCT Polycyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate
PCTA PTA and CHDM Copolyester
PCTFE Polychlorotrifluoroethylene
PCTG Glycol-Modified PCT Copolymer
PE Polyethylene
PEEK Polyetheretherketone
PEI Polyetherimide
PES Polyethersulfone
PET/PETE Polyethylene Terephthalate
PETG Glycol Modified Polyester Terephthalate
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy
PI Polyimide
PMMA Polymethyl methacrylate (acrylic)
PMP Polymethyl Pentene
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal)
PP Polypropylene
PPE Polyphenylene Ether, Modified
PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide
PS Polystyrene
PSU Polysulfone
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene
PU/PUR Polyurethane
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride
PVF Polyvinyl Fluoride
SAN Styrene Acrylonitrile
SM A – PC Blends Styrene Maleic Anhydride and Polycarbonate
TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer
UHMW-PE Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

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