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Trains, buses, trucks, boats and RVs are lighter weight, more durable, safer and more comfortable thanks to plastics. In both aesthetic and structural / bearing applications, plastics help you travel further for less money.

Environmental and Safety

Considering the total carbon footprint, including costs of raw materials, manufacture, transport, fabricate, install, maintain, plastics compare favorably with more traditional materials. Also, plastics are safer to handle and install. When you consider that most plastics are readily recyclable, they can become the most environmentally responsible and safest choice for many demanding semiconductor applications.


  • Marine — seating, switch board panels,
  • relay bases, bearings, bushings, port
  • hole windows, cabinetry, seals, trays,
  • decking, bimini surrounds, cutting
  • boards, anchor shrouds, fuel / fluid
  • handling tubing
  • Mass transit (rail car and bus) —
  • bearings, pedestal liners, coupler carrier
  • wear plates, brake bean guides, center
  • bowl liners, luggage compartment
  • components, folding trays, bus
  • windows, wall panels, mirrors, driver
  • security glazing, air conditioning
  • housings, lighting covers, electrical
  • wear shoes
  • RV — windshields, interior components,
  • wear pads, lighting covers, body panels,
  • hinge pins
  • Trucks — dump truck liners, flooring,
  • wear pads, step ups, light housings,
  • covers, fan shrouds, snow plows, mud
  • flaps, fifth wheel bearing plates

Advantages May Include

  • Lightweight, resulting in better fuel
  • efficiency
  • Impact, weather, chemical, corrosion
  • and fire resistant
  • Easy to fabricate
  • Reduced maintenance and downtime
  • Sound dampening
  • Low friction
  • Design flexibility, offered in a variety of
  • colors and decorative caps
  • Easily manipulated into complex
  • fabricated or thermoformed parts


  • Acetal (POM)
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
  • Epoxy
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)
  • Nylon/Cast Nylon (PA)
  • Phenolics (Industrial Thermosets)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Polyetherimide (PEI)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • PVC/Acrylic Alloy
  • Silicone (SI)
  • Styrene Maleic Anhydride-Polycarbonate
  • (SMA-PC)
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
  • Thermoplastic Polyesters
  • Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
  • (UHMW-PE)