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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 strength55 – 80 MN/m2
Tensile Modulus2 – 3 GN/m2
Elongation at Break10 – 50 %
Flexural Strength<50 – 150 MN/m2
Notched Impact Strength10 – 20 kJ/m2
Specific Heat1.25 – 1.70 kJ/kgoC
Glass Transition Temperature110 oC
Heat Deflection Temperature<100oC
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion5 – 10 x 10-5 / oC
Long Term Service Temperature<100 oC
Specific Gravity1.0 – 1.2
Water Absorption0.1 – 0.5 % (50% rh)

Available Products

ABS Sheet
Thickness: 3 to 9mm
Sizes: 1220 x 2440mm