7 Different types of plastic and their usage

How many pieces do I want to have made, what method do I use for this and which producer do I choose? Many entrepreneurs who want to have a plastic product made, opt for injection molding. But then the next question comes around the corner: which plastic is suitable for my product? It’s a tough question to answer. Because every plastic has different properties.

That’s why we pay attention to the seven most common plastics to inject, the properties of these different types and give examples of products per type of plastic.

7 Different types of plastic and their usage

Polyethylene (PE)


This is the most commonly used plastic. The advantages of this plastic are that this type is chemically resistant and can withstand cold. Examples of products are a jerry can with oil, for example, or an ice cube tray. The disadvantage of PE is that it can withstand heat badly.


Polypropylene (PP)


This form of plastic comes from the same family as PE but is a lot harder and can do much better against heat. Therefore, it is mainly used for household appliances including vacuum cleaners and coffee makers.


Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)


ABS is widely used for enclosures of electronics and medical equipment. The great advantage of ABS is that it is shape-resistant, making it widely used for toys such as Lego and interior parts for the automotive industry (dash board). On the other hand, it is poorly chemically resistant but can be chromed as one of the few plastics.


Polyamide (PA)


Better known to many as nylon. This is a very strong type of plastic that is widely used in the making of tools such as drills and engine parts. The material is well heat resistant but has the disadvantage that it is hygroscopic. That means it absorbs moisture and expands. To counter this, nylon is often added to fiber optics.


Polycarbonate (PC)


An extremely impact-resistant and crystal clear material. This material is therefore often used for street lighting and headlights on cars. Another example is protective glasses.


Polyoxemethylene (POM)


POM has a very large self-repairing capacity and is therefore often used in applications such as feathers. In addition, it is form-resistant and self-lubricating. It is used for zippers in jackets and gears.


Polyethylene vetalate (PET)


And finally PET. This type of plastic is mainly used in the production of bottles. A preform can be transformed into any desired bottle shape. It is resistant to very high pressure but it is not heat resistant.

Which type is suitable for your product?

Hopefully the above information will help you a bit when choosing the type of plastic for your product.

Of course, when you choose Orange Plastics, you don’t have to make this choice alone. Our experienced staff will be happy to help you. Thanks to years of experience, they know exactly which type of plastic your product can be produced optimally. Feel free to contact us

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