Plastic Extrusion Material Selection

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

MaterialKey BenefitsTypical 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 extrusion profiles where colour and excellent finish is not necessaryPipes, inserts and tubing
ABSCan withstand high temperatures and has good adhesive properties. Mainly used for indoor purposesPipes, hosing, fridge and freezer parts
HIPSHigh Impact Polystyrene is a low density, rigid, clear extrusion material mostly used for indoor applicationsPackaging and coving
WPC (Wood/Plastic Composite)Composite material made of recycled plastic and wood wasteOutdoor 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 temperaturesGas and water piping, protective covers and packaging
POLYPROPYLENE (PP)Tough thermoplastic material with good resistance to chemical environments. Can withstand high temperaturesTubing and hinge components
PVC (flexible)Variable flexibility for different applicationsPelmets, sleeves, trims and hosing, seals, handrails
PVC/NBR (PVC Nitrile)Suitable for extrusions where the profile needs to be resistant to a wide range of chemicals and lower temperaturesGaskets, seals
TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers)This extrusion material is available in different grades and hardnesses. It is non-marking & recyclableTubing, straps, seals
COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times caused by the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we would just like to inform you that we have taken the decision to keep our operations open for as long as possible to continue to supply our customers, some of which are key essential suppliers to the NHS and pharmaceutical sectors.

The welfare of our workforce and the wider community is extremely important to us, so we have instigated additional measures to restrict potential exposure to and mitigate the spread of the virus. As many of our employees as possible are now working from home, and we are following Government advice and Public Health Guidelines with respect to safe working practices by increasing cleaning regimes within our facilities and implementing social distancing rules for our manufacturing operations.

We will constantly review the situation based on UK Government advice over the coming weeks and will keep you informed as things change.