Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an engineering terpolymer, a polymer composed of 3 monomers, in this case acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. Most ABS is either translucent or opaque, however, transparent grades can be made. ABS can be molded in a wide variety of colors. ABS is naturally very glossy, but low gloss varieties can also be made. ABS is a well-balanced polymer in terms of impact resistance, chemical resistance, strength, etc. The individual properties can be tweaked by adjusting the amounts of each material in the formulation. Additionally, ABS has a springiness that allows for snap-together assembly. Typical applications are football helmets, small appliance housings, computer housings, portable electronics, refrigerator liners, luggage shells, toys, automotive instrument panels, automotive grills, wheel covers, mirror housings and piping.
Nagase offers various grades of ABS. Please contact us to learn more.