Full Name

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.

Basic Properties

Tough, Hard, impact-resistant & resistant to acid & alkaline chemicals. Usually opaque. ABS Is a good electrical insulator although violently flammable when exposed to high temperatures.

Common Uses

Used to make light and rigid products usually via thermo forming. ABS is very common in the automotive industry, bumpers, shrouds, wheel covers, dash boards, and consoles are all generally made from this plastic.

Its properties are stable over a wide range of temperatures and performs well in very low temperatures.

It has excellent shock absorbing quality's and used in helmets, golf club heads, and many children's toys. Chemical resistance is good and its not affected by acid, alkaline or organic salts. It will be affected by aldehyde, ketone, ester and some chlorinated hydrocarbons.

The stiffness of ABS is less than that of PVC and it deteriorates very quickly in sunlight where black pigment additives have not been used.

It welds and glues well and relatively good to machine. Normally available in sheet form only, and used mainly at CV Plastics for repairs and product modifications.


ABS Physical Properties 
Tensile strength 55 - 80 MN/m2
Tensile Modulus 2 - 3 GN/m2
Elongation at Break 10 - 50 %
Flexural Strength <50 - 150 MN/m2
Notched Impact Strength 10 - 20 kJ/m2
Specific Heat 1.25 - 1.70 kJ/kgoC
Glass Transition Temperature 110 oC
Heat Deflection Temperature <100oC
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 5 - 10 x 10-5 / oC
Long Term Service Temperature <100 oC
Specific Gravity 1.0 - 1.2
Water Absorption 0.1 - 0.5 % (50% rh)

Available Products


ABS Sheet

Thickness: 3 to 9mm

Sizes: 1220 x 2440mm


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