What is ABS?

Impact and chemical resistant, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a.k.a ABS is an easy to fabricate, commonly used thermoplastic material. It’s the most widely used plastic material for thermoforming and is available in virgin and recycled grades. A wide variety of colors are easily produced as well as unique finishes- matte, high gloss, & low gloss. The reason ABS is made into so many colors is due to the fact that it is one of the easier materials to paint.

ABS and HIPS-High Impact Polystyrene are often used in the same applications because they are both able to be cosmetically attractive and the custom plastic part can be painted, sanded and otherwise worked into the assembly process. ABS is strong, offers good impact resistance, and is very workable in secondary processes – gluing, painting, etc. UV protective additives, weatherable films, and conductive agents can also be used during the extrusion process to make the material friendly for outdoor applications and further tailor ABS to a wide variety of uses.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene


Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is commonly used for automotive interiors, recreational vehicle parts, material handling systems, luggage, cases, bathtubs, shower stalls, truck and agricultural implement interiors, business machines and instrument cases. Having the ability to stand up to corrosive chemicals and strong impacts makes it ideal for a wide arrange of products. ABS melting temperature is low making the process of molding and manufacturing a lot easier.

ABS is made from acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene. It is made by dissolving polybutadiene in liquid acrylonitrile and styrene monomers. The monomers then combine chemically to produce a linked molecule. The butadiene in ABS allows for sturdy impact defense, the acrylonitrile gives heat resistance and the styrene adds rigidity.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene has no known carcinogens or adverse health effects. Being relatively harmless makes it more user-friendly, allowing it to be implemented into many products. Its harmless nature allows it to be used in many kitchen equipment, telephones, and toys. In addition, to be relatively harmless, ABS is also a thermoplastic material, meaning it is easily recyclable.

ABS is highly elastic and is a good engineering plastic.

Advanced Plastiform, Inc – Your ABS Experts

If you are looking for an Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene materials company in the Southeast for your car, R.V, or other custom plastic part, be sure to contact Advanced Plastiform, Inc.  Headquartered in the heart of the U.S.A,  in Zebulon, NC., API’s team of experts will answer your inquiries and lend you the options that specifically suit your custom plastic part material needs.

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