ABS Key Facts

Introduced commercially in the 1940s, ABS is a terpolymer whose sales have grown over the years to become the largest engineering thermoplastic in the world. In the U.S. alone, sales in 1990 exceeded 1.2 billion pounds. ABS enjoys a unique position as a “bridge” between commodity plastics and higher-performing engineering thermoplastics.

The versatility of ABS is derived from its three monomeric building blocks – acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene. Each component imparts a different set of useful properties to the final polymer. Acrylonitrile primarily offers chemical resistance and heat stability; butadiene delivers toughness and impact strength; and the styrene component provides ABS with rigidity and process ability.

Key Features of ABS

  • Toughness
  • Stiffness
  • General Purpose Material At A Low Cost
  • Good Impact Strength
  • Excellent Aesthetic Qualities

Applications of ABS

  • Aircraft interior trim
  • Cassette holders
  • Business machine housings and parts
  • Tote bins and trays
  • Luggage
  • Model building
  • Water purification equipment components
  • Automotive parts
  • Laboratory equipment