Trade & Generic Names


This table is providedonly as a guide to help you understand what materials are what, and some of thecommon names that some materials are known by.

Some of the common namesare registered trade names by various companies worldwide.

City Plastics does not holdstock of all these materials, in fact some of the materials are extrusion orinjection moulding materials, processes that we do not get involved with.


 Abbreviation
 Polymer Name Common Names
ABA
Acrylonitrile-butadiene-acrylate  
ABS Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene ABS
AES Acrylonitrile-ethylene-styrene  
AMMA Acrylonitrile/methyl Methacrylate  
ARP
Aromatic polyester  
ASA Acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate  
CA
Cellulose acetate Acetate
CAB
Cellulose acetate butyrate CAB
CAP Cellulose acetate propionate  
CE
Cellulose plastics, general

CF
Cresol-formaldehyde

CMC
Carboxymethyl cellulose

CN
Cellulose nitrate

CP
Cellulose propionate

CPE
Chlorinated polyethylene

CPVC
Chlorinated poly vinyl chloride

CS
Casein   

CTA
Cellulose triacetate

EC
Ethyl cellulose

EEA
Ethylene/ethyl acrylate

EMA
Ethylene/methacrylic acid

EP
Epoxy, epoxide

EPD
Ethylene-propylene-diene

EPM
Ethylene-propylene polymer

ETFE
Ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene

EVA
Ethylene vinyl acetate

EVAL
Ethylene-vinyl alcohol

FEP
Perfluoro ethylene-propylene

FF
Furan formaldehyde

HDPE
High density polyethylene

HIPS
High impact polystyrene
Styrene
IPS
Impact-resistant polystyrene

LCP
Liquid crystal polymer

LDPE
Low-density polyethylene

LLDPE
Linear low-density polyethylene

LMDPE
Linear medium-density polyethylene

MBS
Methacrylate-butadiene-styrene

MC
Methyl cellulose

MDPE
Medium-density polyethylene

MF
Melamine-formaldehyde resin

MPF
Melamine/phenol-formaldehyde

PA
Polyamide   
Nylon, Zytel, Nylatron
PAA
Poly acrylic acid

PADC
Poly allyl diglycol carbonate

PAE
Polyarylether

PEAK
Polyaryletherketone

PAI
Polyamide-imide

PAK
Polyester alkyd

PAN
Polyacrylonitrile

PARA
Polyaryl amide

PASU
Polyarylsulfone

PAT
Polyarylate   

PAUR
Poly(ester urethane)

PB
Polybutene-1

PBA
Poly(butyl acrylate)

PBAN
Polybutadiene-acrylonitrile

PBS
Polybutadiene-styrene   

PBT
Poly(butylene terephthalate)

PC
Polycarbonate
Lexan, Tuffak, Hyzod, Sunloid, Palram, Cyrolon, Safegard
PCTFE
Polychlorotrifluoroethylene

PDAP
Poly(diallyl phthalate)

PE
Polyethylene

PEBA
Polyether block amide

PEBA
Thermoplastic elastomer polyether

PEEK
Polyetheretherketone

PEI
Poly(etherimide)

PEK
Polyether ketone

PEO
Poly(ethylene oxide)

PES
Poly(ether sulfone)

PET
Poly(ethylene terephthalate)
PET
PETG
Poly(ethylene terephthalate) glycol
PETG, Vivak, Spectar
PEUR
Poly(ether urethane)   

PF
Phenol-formaldehyde resin

PFA
Perfluoro(alkoxy alkane)

PFF
Phenol-furfural resin

PI
Polyimide

PIB
Polyisobutylene

PISU
Polyimidesulfone

PMCA
Poly methyl-alpha-chloroacrylate   

PMMA
Polymethyl methacrylate
Acrylic,Perspex,Plexiglass, Shinkolite, Kyowglas, Oroglass, Lucite
PMP
Poly 4-methylpentene-1

PMS
Poly alpha-methylstyrene

POM
Polyoxymethylene, polyacetal
Acetal, Delrin
PP
Polypropylene

PPA
Polyphthalamide

PPE
Poly(phenylene ether)

PPO
Poly(phenylene oxide) deprecated   

PPOX
Poly(propylene oxide)

PPS
Poly(phenylene sulfide)

PPSU
Poly(phenylene sulfone)   

PS
Polystyrene

PSU
Polysulfone

PTFE
Polytetrafluoroethylene
Teflon, Fluon, Hostaflon, Halon
PUR
Polyurethane

PVAC
Poly(vinyl acetate)

PVAL
Poly(vinyl alcohol)
PVA
PVB
Poly(vinyl butyral)

PVC
Poly(vinyl chloride)
Darvic
PVCA
Poly(vinyl chloride-acetate)

PVDC
Poly(vinylidene chloride)

PVDF
Poly(vinylidene fluoride)

PVF
Poly(vinyl fluoride)

PVFM
Poly(vinyl formal)

PVK
Polyvinylcarbazole

PVP
Polyvinylpyrrolidone

S/MA
Styrene-maleic anhydride plastic

SAN
Styrene-acrylonitrile plastic

SB
Styrene-butadiene plastic

Si
Silicone plastics

SMS
Styrene/alpha-methylstyrene plastic

SP
Saturated polyester plastic

SRP
Styrene-rubber plastics   

TEEE
Thermoplastic Elastomer,Ether-Ester

TEO
Thermoplastic Elastomer, Olefinic   

TES
Thermoplastic Elastomer, Styrenic

TPEL
Thermoplastic elastomer

TPES
Thermoplastic polyester

TPUR
Thermoplastic polyurethane

TSUR
Thermoset polyurethane

UF
Urea-formaldehyde resin

UHMWPE
Ultra-high molecular weight PE
Ralloy, Pactene, Polystone, Tivar
UP
Unsaturated polyeste

VCE
Vinyl chloride-ethylene resin

VCEV
Vinyl chloride-ethylene-vinyl

VCMA
Vinyl chloride-methyl acrylate

VCMMA
Vinyl chloride-methylmethacrylate

VCOA
Vinyl chloride-octyl acrylate resin

VCVAC
Vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate resin

VCVDC
Vinyl chloride-vinyfidene chloride