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Plastics - Abbreviations

Commonly used plastic abbreviations.

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  • ABS - Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • CPE - Chlorinated polyethylene
  • CPVC - Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride
  • EPDM - Ethylene propylene di-monomer
  • EPS - Expanded polystyrene
  • ETFE - Ethyl tetra fluoro ethylene
  • EVA - Ethylene vinyl acetate
  • GRP - Glass-reinforced polyester,  Fibreglass
  • HDPE - High density polyethylene
  • HIPS - High impact polystyrene
  • LDPE - Low density polyethylene
  • MF - Melamine-formaldehyde
  • PA - Polyamide, Nylon
  • PB - Polybutylene
  • PC - Polycarbonate
  • PE - Polyethylene
  • PF - Phenol-formaledehyde, Bakelite
  • PMMA - Polymethyl methacrylate, Perspex
  • PP - Polypropylene
  • PS - Polystyrene
  • PTFE - Polytetrafluoroethylene
  • PU - Polyurethane
  • PVA - Polyvinyl acetate, latex emulsion
  • PVC - polyvinyl chloride
  • PVB - Polyvinyl butyral
  • PVF - Polyvinyl fluoride
  • UF - Urea-formaldehyde
  • UP - Unsaturated polyester
  • UPVC - Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride
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