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Brian Russell Hydralectric
We have been working with Vertex for 5 years, during this time they assisted in delivering many projects, sourced tooling, helped with technical issues, selection and sourcing of materials. They have consistently delivered free from defects on time and to schedule. Bench marking has shown them to be competitive against supplies from low cost sources with the benefit of being local.
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Materials

Vertex is has extensive experience with processing many different types of plastics and the most commonly used are described below:

Material Types
(Trade Names)
Abbreviation Description Typical Applications
Acetal
(Delrin, Hostaform, Lucel)
POM Opaque white, very tough; low/med. cost Gears, bearings, taps,  aerosol valves & insulators
Acrylic
(Diakon, Oroglas, Plexiglas)
PMMA Transparent and brittle; low/medium cost Lenses, automotive light housings & reflectors
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
(Cycolac, Magnum, Novodur, Terluran)
ABS Natural opaque and tough; low/medium cost Telephone handsets & housings
Polyamide 6 (Nylon)
(Akulon, Ultramid, Grilon)
PA6 Almost opaque/white, very tough; medium/high cost Bushes & bearings
Polyamide 6.6 (Nylon)
(Kopa, Zytel, Radilon)
PA6.6 Almost opaque/white, rigid & tough; medium/high cost Levers, housings, handles etc.
Polyamide 11+12 (Nylon)
(Rilsan, Grilamid)
PA11+12 Opaque to clear, rigid & tough; very high cost Air filters, safety masks, spectacle frames etc.
Polycarbonate
(Calibre, Lexan, Makrolon)
PC Transparent, very tough & resilient; high cost Street lamp covers & safety helmets
Polyethylene - Low Density
(Alkathene, Escorene, Novex)
LDPE Natural waxy appearance, tough & flexible; low cost Kitchenware and many sealing lids & closures
Polyethylene - High Density
(
Eraclene, Hostalen, Stamylan)
HDPE Natural waxy appearance, tough & stiff; low cost Chair seats & milk crates
Polyether Sulphone
(Victrex, Udel)
PES Clear, tough, very high chemical resistance; high cost Valve seat linings, metal replacement parts etc.
Polypropylene
(Novolen, Appryl, Escorene)
PP Natural waxy appearance, tough & stiff; low cost Beer crates & spade handles
Polyester-Thermoplastic
(Celanex, Crastin & Lupox, Rynite)
PBT
PET
Rigid & stable; medium/high cost Electrical sockets, housings & parts
Polyphenylene Oxide
(Noryl, Thermocomp, Vamporan)
PPO Tough & stable; high cost Electrical parts requiring tight tolerances
Polyphenylene Sulphide
(Ryton, Fortron)
PPS Brown, very good heat resistant, very high strength; very high cost Fuel system parts, guides, bearings, etc.
Polystyrene - General Purpose
(Lacqrene, Styron, Solarene)
GPPS Transparent & brittle; low cost Cosmetics packaging  ball-point & barrel pens
Polystyrene - High Impact
(Polystyrol, Kostil, Polystar)
HIPS Natural translucent & tough; low cost Food containers, cotton reels, & toy model kits
Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride
(Polycol, Trosiplast)
UPVC Transparent to opaque, tough; low cost Outdoor applications: gutters, drainpipes & fittings
Plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride
(Welvic, Varlan)
PVC Transparent to opaque, tough & flexible; low cost Shoe soles & electrical insulation
Styrene Acrylonitrile
(Luran, Arpylene, Starex)
SAN Transparent & brittle; low cost Table & picnicware
Thermoplastic Elastomer/Rubber
(Hytrel, Santoprene, Sarlink)
TPE/R Tough & flexible; high cost Electrically insulated parts, seals, bushes & washers