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We are a world-class supplier of engineering raw materials. Our objective is to provide all our customers, from the small machine shop to the large multi-national corporation, a supply path that continuously delivers the highest levels of service, quality and value.


Engineering Plastic

ABS Engineering Plastic

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), is a low-cost mechanical plastic that is easy to machine and fabricate.


This product is an ideal material for use in prototyping because of its excellent dimensional stability, and it is easy to paint or glue. ABS is well suited for structural applications where impact resistance, strength and stiffness are required. ABS comes in natural (beige) and black. ABS is one of the more common engineering polymers due to its ease of processing outstanding material qualities.


ABS is typically expensive, and therefore the recycling of the material is an attractive economic proposition. ABS can be blended with other materials to produce high-quality products at a reduced cost.

Typical Applications

Commercial applications for this engineering material include:

  • Prototyping
  • Housings
  • Appliances
  • Control panels
  • Medical knobs and housings

We stock ABS in round bar, plate, sheet, round tube and hollow bar.

Technical Assistance

Our knowledgeable staff and resident metallurgists will be pleased to assist you further on any technical topic. Smiths Metal Centres Limited also boasts an in-house UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory which is unique within the multi-metal and plastic stockholding sector. We believe this underlines our total commitment to quality and our ethos of being the complete service provider.

Additional Info

A technical datasheet for ABS is available in PDF file format. To view and download, please click here.

We offer in-house processing options - for more information, please refer to our processing services.

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