Resin Families

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

Learn how ABS, an impact-resistant and tough material, can be applied to your project.

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ABS is a terpolymer made from polymerizing Styrene Monomer – Acrylonitrile and Butadiene. The proportions of Acrylonitrile and Butadiene vary by grade, allowing unique modifications to enhance impact, toughness, heat resistance, and gloss levels. Styrene provides the ABS with an impervious surface, the Butadiene provides for toughness and impact, and the Acrylonitrile provides the binding chains that make ABS a mechanically strong product.

Polymer Characteristics

  • Impact Resistant
  • Good strength and stiffness
  • Various Gloss levels (Matte to High Gloss)
  • Platable Grades
  • Colorable
  • Excellent Aesthetic qualities


Please refer to the applicable sections of our website for specific information regarding each type of ABS.

Processing Methods

  • Injection Molding
  • Extrusion
  • Blow Molding
  • Thermoforming

Typical Applications

  • Structural components
  • Housings / covers
  • Automotive Interior & Exterior Parts
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Medical devices
  • Electrical components & assemblies
  • Toys (Lego Blocks)


  • INEOS Styrolution