List of Material Abbreviations

The plastics industry is full of abbreviations. With so many products with long titles, it makes sense to use abbreviations for brevity and clarity. Below is a useful guide to common plastics material abbreviations and what they mean.

ABBREVIATIONPRODUCT NAME
ABSAcrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene
CPVCChlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
ECTFEEthylene-Chlorotrifluorethylene
ETFEEthylene-Tetrafluoroethylene
EVAEthylene-Vinyl Acetate
FEPFluorinated Ethylene Propylene
HDPEHigh-Density Polyethylene
LCPLiquid Crystal Polymer
LDPELow-Density Polyethylene
LLDPELinear Low-Density Polyethylene
MDPEMedium-Density Polyethylene
MFAPolytetrafluoroethylene-Perfluoromethylvinylether
PAPolyamide (nylon)
PAEKPolyaryletherketone
PAESPolyarylethersulfone
PAIPolyamide-Imide
PARPolyarylate
PASPolyarylsulfone
PBPolybutylene
PBTPolybutylene Terephthalate
PCPolycarbonate
PCTPolycyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate
PCTAPTA and CHDM Copolyester
PCTFEPolychlorotrifluoroethylene
PCTGGlycol-Modified PCT Copolymer
PEPolyethylene
PEEKPolyetheretherketone
PEIPolyetherimide
PESPolyethersulfone
PET/PETEPolyethylene Terephthalate
PETGGlycol Modified Polyester Terephthalate
PFAPerfluoroalkoxy
PIPolyimide
PMMAPolymethyl methacrylate (acrylic)
PMPPolymethyl Pentene
POMPolyoxymethylene (acetal)
PPPolypropylene
PPEPolyphenylene Ether, Modified
PPSPolyphenylene Sulfide
PSPolystyrene
PSUPolysulfone
PTFEPolytetrafluoroethylene
PTMTPolythramethylene Terephthalate
PU/PURPolyurethane
PVCPolyvinyl Chloride
PVDFPolyvinylidene Fluoride
PVFPolyvinyl Fluoride
SANStyrene Acrylonitrile
SMA – PC BlendsStyrene Maleic Anhydride and Polycarbonate
TPEThermoplastic Elastomer
UHMW-PEUltra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene