Thermoplastics: They’re all around us!

They’re all around us. You probably come into contact with thermoplastics (or something with thermoplastic parts inside) every day.

Today we’re highlighting some of the places you’ll find thermoplastics in your everyday life:

Point of Purchase and Retail Applications

Your buying decisions may be influenced by in-store displays and experiences. Many store displays are created in thermoplastics including Acrylic, Acrylic DR, High Impact Styrene (HIPS), Polycarbonate, PVC, or ABS due mainly to their flexibility in design, lightweight material, and impact resistance.

Construction Applications

The building you’re sitting in right now was probably built using tools or equipment with thermoplastics components. Thermoplastics are also commonly found in piping, drainage, siding, windows, doors, and insulation too.

Lighting Applications

Many lighting fixtures are being created from Acrylic or Polycarbonate to meet our society’s demand for attractive, energy efficient lighting. These thermoplastics come in different colours and finishes making the possibilities nearly endless!

Transportation Applications

Thermoplastics are used throughout trains, busses, planes, and cars. They might be used in joining strips, connectors, wall cladding, gaskets, and overhead or safety lighting. Thermoplastic is a popular material for these applications because they are lightweight, offer carefree maintenance, and meet industry standard approvals for FS&T.

Because of all the desirable properties of thermoplastics over other materials and even metal parts, it’s so exciting to see what new uses our clients envision from this versatile plastic.

If you’ve got an idea or a need for a component manufactured from a thermoplastic, contact us to talk about how we can make it a reality.

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