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Oil Filled Nylon

Engineering Plastic

Oil Filled Nylon Engineering Plastic

Oil-filled nylon is homogeneously permeated with an oil-based lubricant.

Load-Bearing Performance

Sometimes referred to as Oilon®, Oil-filled nylon is an engineering plastic which offers increased load-bearing performance when compared to unfilled nylon products. For example, oil-filled nylon provides 25% lower friction when compared to standard cast Nylon 6. Being 1/7th the weight of bronze, the wear life of the plastic is up to 20 times greater than bronze.


The plastic is an ideal product for applications where abrasion resistance is a consideration. Reduced moisture is another feature of the product. We have the capability to supply oil-filled nylon in rod and plate.

Typical Applications

Commercial applications for this engineering material include:

  • Bushes & Bearings
  • Slider Tracks
  • Sheaves & Pulleys
  • Wear Pads

We stock Oil Filled Nylon in round bar, plate, sheet 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 Oil Filled Nylon 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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