Plastic Extrusion Material Selection

D W Plastics can offer advice on different types of plastics for extrusion across both standard and bespoke plastic extrusions. The material selection will depend on the product application, so please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Typical types of plastics used include:

Material Key Benefits Typical Applications
UPVC (rigid PVC) Suitable for a wide range of indoor and outdoor uses. Windows, glazing, trims, cladding, packaging and trunking
UPVC (100% Rechip) Reprocessed material can be extruded to make plastic extrusion profiles where colour and excellent finish is not necessary Pipes, inserts and tubing
ABS Can withstand high temperatures and has good adhesive properties. Mainly used for indoor purposes Pipes, hosing, fridge and freezer parts
HIPS High Impact Polystyrene is a low density, rigid, clear plastic extrusion material mostly used for indoor applications Packaging and coving
WPC (Wood/Plastic Composite) Composite material made of recycled plastic and wood waste Outdoor decking, cladding, siding
POLYETHYLENE (PE) Can be supplied in high or low density depending on application. Suitable for indoor and outdoor uses. Tough with good resistance to chemicals and low temperatures Gas and water piping, protective covers and packaging
POLYPROPYLENE (PP) Tough thermoplastic material with good resistance to chemical environments. Can withstand high temperatures Tubing and hinge components
PVC (flexible) Variable flexibility for different applications Pelmets, sleeves, trims and hosing, seals, handrails
PVC/NBR (PVC Nitrile) Suitable for plastic extrusions where the profile needs to be resistant to a wide range of chemicals and lower temperatures Gaskets, seals
TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers) This extrusion material is available in different grades and hardnesses. It is non-marking & recyclable Tubing, straps, seals