Impact Plastics Blog

Learn More About Your Plastic Sheet: 7 Facts About TPO Plastic

Posted by Blake Kingeter on July 21, 2017

In our most recent post in the “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” blog series we featured our extruded HIPS material and highlighted some of the characteristics and attributes of the material. Today, we will switch gears to a polymer that services a more industrial market where material durability for long-term use is paramount - TPO, or Thermoplastic Olefin. TPO is a combination of polymer and filler blends usually consisting of some fraction of a thermoplastic (generally block copolymer polypropylene), an elastomer or rubber, and filler such as calcium carbonate or talc.

To learn more about TPO’s characteristics and typical uses continue reading!

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Topics: TPO plastic, automotive

Class "A" Surface ABS Sheet for Automotive Applications

Posted by Blake Kingeter on April 21, 2017

One of the primary end-uses for our ABS sheet is in decorative paint and film lamination applications for the automotive industry. But this is not just any ABS sheet - in order to supply material that ultimately becomes a piece of a vehicle, the material requires a perfect surface, or as close to it as possible. To describe this surface the industry coined the term "Class 'A' Surface." This terminology is used to indicate the requirement for a near-perfect surface quality virtually free from defects for applications where aesthetics and visual appeal are the main focus. 

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Topics: ABS plastic, automotive