Who uses Thermoplastics? An Industry Overview

Extruded thermoplastics are great for so many industries because they have qualities that comparable metal raw materials can’t beat! Here are a few of the industries that recognize the value of thermoplastics in their industry:

Point of Purchase & Retail
Retail businesses love thermoplastics because they are durable and flexible in design. They can be coloured to match their company branding too. Common materials used in POP and Retail applications include: Acrylic, Acrylic DR, High ImpactStyrene (HIPS), Polycarbonate, PVC, and ABS.

Building & Construction
This industry is one of the biggest industries using thermoplastics today. Thermoplastics play an integral part in the building and construction process and maintenance requirements post-project because they are lightweight and have high load-bearing strength. Common materials used in the building and construction industry include: HDPE, UHMW, Nylon, Acrylic, PVC, CPV, PVD, and Polycarbonate.

Lighting Industry
Lately, lighting companies have been updating fixture designs to meet new demands in aesthetics and performance. They are turning to thermoplastics because of their colour availability, impact resistance, and shatter resistance. Common materials used in the lighting industry include: Acrylic, Polycarbonate in clear and frosted, PVC, CPVC, and PC

Mining Oil & Gas
In the global industry, Plastics are an integral part of the extraction, transmission and processing of both metals and oil & natural gas. This industry is using thermoplastics because of its high-temperature rating, excellent permeability qualities, and chemical resistance. Common materials used in the lighting industry include: High Density Polyethylene(HDPE), PVDF, NYLON, PEEK, and PPS.

Transportation
Everyone is always going somewhere. Using versatile thermoplastic parts in this industry helps reduce our carbon footprint within the community, and increase our safety. Common materials used in the transportation industry include: Kydex®, Ultem®, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, EPDM, and TPE.

If you’re considering using quality extruded thermoplastics for your next project in these or any other industry, learn more about custom solutions from Plastifab.

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