High Performance Plastics
High Performance Plastics offer plastic shapes fabricators
materials that have higher strength, higher service
temperatures, and in some cases, resistance to hot
water and steam or chemicals and possess good electrical
properties. Applications can be found in a wide
range of industries including where parts come in contact
with aggressive materials, lining of tanks, pumps,
flanges, fittings, parts in centrifuges and control engineering
industry. Also characterized by a higher cost,
the range of applications that these tough materials
serve demands these high performance physical properties
and justifies their cost. The following section
provides an overview of some exciting new materials,
as well as some that are time-tested, from leading
international manufacturers and suppliers.
Engineering Stock Shapes
Advanced Polymer Technologies (APT) manufactures high
quality extruded stock shapes with minimal stress and
production flexibility from a wide range of engineering
resins. Their ISO based quality system has enabled APT to
service the most demanding applications including medical
PEI, PSU, PEEK,
PVDF, PC, PES
and more, with
standard extruded shapes from 0.375” to 6” rod and slab.
APT can offer their customers production flexibility, special
resins, custom slabs (thickness, length, width) to optimize
fabrication yield, a width range from 12” to 25”, custom
grinding and a high level of technical expertise in
process technology and application development.
For additional information, contact Karen Phanthaamat,
Advanced Polymer Technologies, LLC, 510 Gilmore Ave.
Suite C, Stockton, CA 95203, 209-464-2701, Fax: 209- 464-5760, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.aptllc.com.
Ensinger’s compression molded stock and near net shapes
provide engineers and designers with options and flexibility
in a variety of high performance thermoplastics. Not
every application for engineering thermoplastics requires
high volume production runs of standard materials.
Smaller quantities of
high temperature, high
can often be used to
keep production or
down. Ensinger’s large
diameter press is capable
of molding up to 81”
in diameter in materials
such as TECAPEEK,
glass filled TECAPEEK
and glass filled TECATRON
PPS. This press
allows for a larger diameter
than any other
manufacturer. Ensinger can also mold virgin PTFE and
UHMW shapes over 25” in diameter.
Ensinger offers a variety of products that can be compression
molded. Typical polymers include TECAPEEK
polyetheretherketone and TECATRON polyphenylene sulfide
(PPS). Typical fillers include glass fiber, carbon fiber,
graphite and Teflon®.
Thin Gauge Materials
Ensinger has also expanded its product line to include a
variety of High Performance thin gauge materials.
Manufactured at Ensinger’s
Penn Fibre manufacturing facility,
the new product offerings
include the following:
S Polysulfone (PSU) natural
and TECANYL Noryl EN265
(PPO) black are available from
.040” to .125”. Thin gauge
materials from .031” to .25”
can be supplied in TECATRON 30% glass filled PPS black
and TECAMID 12% glass filled nylon black. TECAPET natural
is offered in thin gauge from .031” to .125”. Ensinger
also has an extensive inventory of thin gauge TECAPEEK
(polyetheretherketone) sheet. Thin gauge high performance
thermoplastics are available in sheets, coils/rolls,
strips and punched parts.
Ensinger maintains an extensive inventory of thin gauge
materials for immediate delivery from stock. The company
specializes in offering a wide variety of engineering thermoplastic
and thermoset materials in thin gauge strip,
sheet, rolls and punched parts for a broad range of industrial
applications. All federal, military, ASTM and AIAG
specifications are met where applicable.
For additional information, contact Bruce Dickinson,
Ensinger, Inc., 365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA
15301, 800-243-3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ensinger-online.com.
High Performance Rod & Sheet
GEHR Plastics offers polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sheet
and rod which is ideal for applications including pumps,
rotation disks, valves, fittings, glide tracks, cog wheels and
chemical processing. PVDF shows a higher tensile
strength, pressure resistance and dimensional stability
than the related PTFE, but friction and insulation properties
are lower. PVDF has a high mechanical
strength and toughness at lower temperature and
is self-extinguishing. The temperature ranges from
-22° F to +300° F.
Characteristics are high tensile strength; FDA
compliance; high mechanical strength; excellent
high chemical resistance;
low water absorption.
It is the material
of choice for high
purity; good friction
and wear and tear
values fluid handling
and high UV–resistance.
toxic fumes when burned and cannot be solvent
GEHR also offers ethylen-chlortrifluorethylene (ECTFE)
rod in 1/2" to 5" in 4' lengths. E-CTFE exhibits
extraordinary impact strength at temperatures
ranging from -104° F to +302° F. A great part of
the product properties attributes to the very
smooth surface and differentiates HALAR® from
other fluoropolymers. Due to the fact that E-CTFE is
very pure, this material is being used to process
chemicals and ultrapure water for the semiconductor
industry. Also the permeation resistance to oxygen,
carbon dioxide, chlorine gas and hydrochlorid
acid is 10 to 100 times better than PTFE. Its characteristics
are: extremely high impact strength (up
to -105° F) no break on notched or unnotched
IZOD impact test; good insulation properties; very
good weather resistance; high resistance to radiation;
very high chemical resistance and it is self-extinguishing.
It offers very good sliding properties
and is food safe. Applications include: parts which
come in contact with aggressive materials (machinery
building industry), lining of tanks, pumps,
flanges, fittings, parts in centrifuges and control
For additional information, contact Bill Shields,
GEHR Plastics USA, 24 Creek Circle, Boothwyn, PA
19061, 800-PVC-GEHR/610-497-8941, Fax: 610-497-8901, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.gehrplastics.com.
Tubing & Profiles
Hi-Tech Profiles, Inc., a leading manufacturer of extruded
stock shapes has entered into its 22nd year of service to
the plastics distribution industry. Established in 1988, the
company has grown steadily from its initial roots of offering
only Nylon and Acetal stock shapes and now offers virtually
any thermoplastic material including PEEK and
Ultem®. HTP is operating from its brand new facility in
Island along with its
two sister companies,
and Hi-Tech Molds.
The three companies
combined offer concept
to part service
with extremely fast
turn around times.
HTP specializes in
the extrusion of all
sizes ranging from 0.050” to 2.5” OD. The company offers
an extensive line of tubing, hollow rod and bushing stock
in Nylon and Acetal that is in stock and available for immediate
shipment. Custom sizes are quoted upon request
with over twenty different materials to choose from including
ECTFE, Polycarbonate, PVDF and Polysulfone. Custom
cutting and printing are available upon request with standard
stock sizes available. Co-extruded tubing with two
and three layer construction in sizes ranging up to 1” OD
is also available. Please call for a quote on your next coextrusion
For additional information, contact Brian McGregor, Hi-
Tech Profiles, Inc. 15 Gray Lane, Ashaway, RI 02804, 800-342-5495, Fax: 401-377-2423, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.hitechprofiles.com.
Films, Tapes, Fabrics & Belting
CS Hyde Company is the
ideal source for High
Products such as films,
tapes, coated fabrics and
belting. CS Hyde brand
names include Teflon®,
Kapton®, 3M™, UHMW,
PVDF, Mylar®, PEEK,
Ultem®, FEP and cast
CS Hyde Company specializes
in converting services:
die-cutting, high-speed sheeting, adhesive lamination.
Plastic Distributors receive special discounts.
Minimums for custom jobs are small, costs are reasonable
and turn-around is quick. Technical assistance is available
for your custom job.
Examples of converting capability: They can laminate
adhesives to many unusual substrates like PEEK, Delrin®,
specialty silicones, Kynar®, Ultem®, thick PTFE and coated
fabrics. They welcome customer-supplied materials to laminate.
They can high-speed sheet custom sizes like 12” x
12”, 12’ x 24”, 24” x 24”, etc. Die-Cut Jobs are priced
competitively. They accommodate small prototype jobs as
well as large quantity orders.
Stock Products are sold by the foot, sheet and roll with
no minimums and same day shipping.
For additional information, contact Tiffany Hoerle, CS
Hyde Company, 1351 N. Milwaukee
Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046, 847-395-0325, Fax: 847-395-0334,
E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.cshyde.com.
King Plastic now offers King Micro-Shield™ in many of its polymer
sheets. King MicroShield is a new
kind of antimicrobial protection that
helps products stay cleaner between
cleanings and inhibits the growth of
including bacteria, algae and fungi
on the surface.
King MicroShield is available in
King StarBoard®, King StarBoard®
ST, King ColorCore®, King Color -Board®, King Hy-Pact® VH, King
PlastiBal® restroom partitions and the
company’s general line of HDPE, LDPE
and polypropylene sheet. Polymers
made with King MicroShield are easy
to clean, disinfect and keep hygienic
using industry standard cleaning procedures.
Constant use of cleaning
solutions will not affect the antimicrobial
protection of the material.
The product is safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous to ship and handle. Microbe
cell walls that come in contact with King MicroShield are destroyed on contact
without creating opportunities for adaptive or resistant strains to form. The
material is non-leaching, with the antimicrobial agent bonded at the atomic
level and integrated throughout the sheet.
If used to build cabinets, case goods or other architectural products, certain
King products that include King MicroShield may qualify for LEED Purple
Building Rating System Points.
For additional information, contact Lou Stegner, King Plastic Corporation,
1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, Florida 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax:
941-497-3274, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.kingplastic.com.
PVDF Stock Tubing
Petro Extrusion Technologies (PET) manufactures
HYLAR™ PVDF tubing available from stock in eleven
sizes. HYLAR thermoplastic fluoropolymer is strong
and tough as exhibited by its tensile and impact
strength. Compared to many thermoplastics, HYLAR
has excellent resistance to creep and fatigue. It is
non-toxic, tasteless and odorless. It is the engineering
grade thermoplastics material of choice for applications
requiring high purity and exceptional corrosion
Stock tubing is extruded from the highest quality Hylar 460 Polyvinylidene
Fluoride resin that is an extremely versatile engineering fluoropolymer with a
unique balance of physical, chemical and electrical properties.
Other stock products available from PET include acrylic profiles in 6 sizes
from stock and NYLA-GLIDE GR™ Profiles – MDS-filled Nylon 6 profiles available
from stock in 17 standard shapes.
For additional information, contact Robert Petrozziello, Petro Extrusion
Technologies, Inc., P. O. Box 99, 490 South Ave., Garwood, NJ 07027, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.petroextrusion.com.
Plastomer Technologies is a reliable and responsive manufacturer of PTFE
materials for use in critical industries. Focused on providing the customer with
products that meet exact specifications, Plastomer offers fast delivery, superior
communication and no surprises. Plastomer Technologies manufactures
Texolon® and Amilon™ brands of PTFE materials and compounds produced to
standard or custom sizes of sheet, rod and cylinders. Plastomer also offers precision fabrication or machining of seals and component parts.
The Amilon family of PTFE-based materials incorporates a wide range of fillers including, but not limited to: glass,
carbon, graphite, moly
and bronze, each formulated
to fit your
These high quality
materials can reduce
maintenance needs by
offering excellent abrasion,
temperature and corrosion resistance.
High Purity Texolon PTFE is also available for those who
need material for critically clean applications. This material
is molded, packaged and labeled in a strictly controlled
environment ensuring the products have the highest purity
for demanding applications.
PTFE products are offered in cylinders and rods from 1”
to 60” in diameter as well as skived and molded sheet
ranging from .001” up to 8” thick.
For additional information, contact Amy Davis, Plastomer
Technologies, 10633 W Little York Bldg 3, Suite 300,
Houston, TX 77041, 800-345-4901, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.plastomertech.com.
Quantum Polymers announced the availability of extruded
stock shape plastic products made with AvaSpire® resin
from Solvay Advanced Polymers. AvaSpire is a modified
polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin that has been formulated
to offer improved ductility, mechanical strength and
higher operating temperature relative to PEEK while
retaining most of the key performance
attributes of PEEK at a lower price
Quantum Polymers is
rods and plates.
Rods are available
from 3/8” to 4” diameter:
plates are available from 3/8” to 3” thickness. The
materials work well for applications requiring a balance of
chemical resistance and mechanical strength. Quantum is
offering this material well suited for price sensitive applications
in healthcare, transportation, electronics, chemical
processing and other areas of manufacturing.
AvaSpire® PEEK is U.S. FDA compliant for food and
healthcare products. It also meets
ISO 10993 specifications for medical devices.
Quantum Polymers manufactures and sells high performance
plastic stock shape products and features short
delivery times, custom sizes and low minimum order quantities.
High performance standard material offerings
include PEEK, Ultem® (PEI), PVDF, PPS, Polysulfone,
Radel®, Noryl® and machine grade PC. These materials
are available in unfilled and carbon/glass/teflon fiber reinforced
In addition, Quantum offers custom formulated
materials for applications that require physical,
mechanical and electrical properties beyond the reach of
standard off-the-shelf plastic products. These materials
have applications in the aerospace, bio-medical, energy,
food processing, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and
For additional information, contact Ellen Witherspoon,
Quantum Polymers, 211 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Newark,
DE 19702, 866-737-7012/302-737-7012, Fax: 302-737-7035, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.quantum-polymers.com.
High Performance Shapes
Röchling manufactures a full range of high performance
plastics featuring its SustaPEEK line of products including:
SustaPEEK (natural and black), SustaPEEK GF 30,
SustaPEEK CF 30, SustaPEEK HT (High Temp) and
SustaPEEK MOD (Bearing Grade). Röchling’s SustaPEEK
products are manufactured
specified and preferred
with its SustaPEI
(Ultem®) line which
is comprised of SustaPEI (natural and black) and SustaPEI
GF 30. Röchling’s line of high performance plastics also
includes: Sustatron PPS, Susta PVDF, Susta PPO (Noryl
EN 265), Sustason PSU (Polysulfone) and Sustason PPSU
(Radel) available in a full range of sheets and rods.
For additional information, contact Birgit K. Moecks,
Röchling Engineering Plastics, 903 Gastonia Technology
Pkwy., Dallas, NC 28034, 704-922-7814, Fax: 704-922-1835, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.roechling-plastics.us.
Simona America Inc. is a subsidiary of SIMONA AG, one
of the leading manufacturers and distributors of thermoplastic
finished and semi-finished products, e.g. plastic
sheets as a composite construction. A composite construction
refers to a combination of at least two materials
with different task profiles. Thermoplastic liners for dual
laminates and steel tank lining make operation far more
economical and efficient with regard to service life, maintenance
and repair as well as production outages. The
products SIMONA® PP-C-PK (block copolymer, polypropylene-
backed), SIMONA® E-CTFE-GK (partially fluorinated high-performance material,
SIMONA® PVDF-SK (polyvinylidene
have gained a particularly
prominent position in the
liner materials market.
Materials are generally
stocked in thickness ranges 3 and 4mm x 1500 wide and
20 meter rolls. Delivering above-average performance in
a wide range of applications, the liner materials meet the
full range of required specifications including chemical and
permeation resistance. Simona America offers an extensive
range of products tailored to the requirements of liner
and composite engineering, together with considerable
expertise in these fields.
For additional information, contact John Ploskonka,
Simona America Inc., 64 N. Conahan Drive, Hazleton PA
18201, 866-501-2992, Fax: 800-522-4857, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.simona-america.com.
Westlake Plastics offers two formulations of PEEK in rod
and sheet for use in medical applications
including spinal cages, fixation
rods, orthopedic implants, ophthal -
and diagnostic devices and other
MediPEEK-IM is a high performance
designed for long-term body contact
as an implantable material. It is USP
ClassVI and compliant to ASTM
F2026. It has excellent sterilizability
and has been extensively tested to
MediPEEK-T is a high performance
PEEK semi-crystalline thermoplastic
designed for short-term body contact
as an implantable material. It is USP
Class VI and ASTM F2026 compliant.
It has excellent sterilizability and has
been extensively tested to ISO 10993
requirement for short-term implants.
Westlake Plastics offers a wide
range of high performance extruded
and compression molded shapes in -
cluding polyethersulfone, poly phenylsulfone,
polyetherimide and polysulfone.
For additional information, contact Gary King, Westlake
Plastics Company, P.O. Box 127, Lenni, PA 19052, 800-999-1700/610-459-1000, Fax: 610-459-1084, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.westlakeplastics.com.
| High Performance Plastics Website Directory
|| Advanced Polymer Technologies.|| www.aptllc.com
| Ensinger, Inc || www.ensinger-online.com |
| GEHR Plastics || www.gehrplastics.com |
| Hi-Tech Profiles, Inc .|| www.hitechprofiles.com
| CS Hyde Company || www.cshyde.com |
| King Plastic Corporation || www.kingplastic.com |
| Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc. || www.petroextrusion.com || Plastomer Technologies || www.plastomertech.com
| Quantum Polymers || www.quantum-polymers.com |
| Röchling Engineering Plastics || www.roechling-plastics.us |
| Simona America Inc.|| www.simona-america.com |
| Westlake Plastics Company.|| www.westlakeplastics.com