Polymer producers manufacture the building materials the construction industry needs, from insulation and waterproofing to household goods such as window shutters and architectural profiles. A wide range of compounds are produced worldwide to meet the stringent regulations required, as well as the design needs of the building contractors.
There are as many different kinds of packaging as there are products – from coffee cups, water bottles, and containers for household cleaners to medical packaging and protective films. A wide range of polymers are developed every day to meet the various needs of packaging companies who are creating the containers we use.
The right polymer materials make it possible to develop exciting new packages that deliver strong, safe, cost-effective, recyclable options. Packages ranging from flexible or rigid to molded or extruded.
Polymers are used by automotive manufacturers when creating parts for cars and other vehicles. And they are many. Overall, auto manufacturers need plastics that are strong, lightweight, comfortable, and impact-resistant.
When it comes to a vehicle’s exteriors, polymers are used in bumpers, panels, moldings and more; these applications require material characteristics that include strength, stiffness, impact-resistance, and paintability. What’s needed for a car’s interior includes polymers for injection molding that become foams for seating that are safe and comfortable; elastomers and resins that last a long time and perform well, and much more. Under the hood parts, such as tubing, belts, adhesives, and coatings require compounds that provide excellent heat and chemical resistance, low friction and high durability and reliability.
Consumers around the world have exceptionally high expectations of the items they spend their money on; items such as apparel, bedding, flooring, seating, furniture, kitchen and electronic appliances, and power tools. They want a high level of comfort, style, durability, and performance. They also want materials that are environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. A wide range of compounds are needed for manufacturers to meet these expectations.
Thermoplastics compounds are ideal for medical-grade plastics used in medical devices and components. Some thermoplastics, such as Polyethylene, Polypropylene and Polymethyl methacrylate are ideal for use with medical devices since they provide temperature resistance and corrosion resistance properties. Common medical products made with thermoplastics include plastic medical tubing, surgical instruments, dental instruments, sterilization trays and diagnostic equipment.
In the last decade, there has been an increased demand for the utilization of thermoset polymers and other specialty plastics in the creation of sporting products, equipment and activewear. Surfboards, tennis rackets, playground equipment, sneakers, golf clubs, and many other types of activewear are currently made using the latest innovations in specialty plastics.
Some of the specialty plastics used in athletic wear and gear include polyurethane, polycarbonate, nanotechnology and fluoro technology.