Banner image

Plastic Materials

Our plastic materials can be developed to meet many needs. These include operating temperatures, UV resistance, coloration or opacity, flame resistance, rigidity and more.

Depending on your application's unique demands, plastic compounds can produce extremely rigid profiles or mimic the physical properties of rubber. Whether you need a simple profile or a multi-durometer extrusion, our wide range of materials allows us to optimize solutions for your price and performance requirements.

From selecting materials to part design, Cooper Standard engineers work directly with you to solve problems. Get in touch to learn how you can improve your next project.

Learn more about our custom plastic extrusions


Our Plastic Materials


PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) ranges from rubbery soft to rigid. Flexible PVC is widely used for extrusions because of its abrasion and insulation properties. Tough and economical, rigid PVC is inherently flame retardant and resistant to most chemicals. PVC can be offered in clear, opaque, weather resistant, high-tensile-strength or impact-resistant formulations that are easily machined.


HIPS (High-Impact Polystyrene) is a rigid, economical, lightweight plastic which is used for rigid plastic profile extrusions and plastic tubing extrusions. High-impact polystyrene typically has a flat finish and is available in natural (translucent white), standard and custom colors. 


ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a versatile, rigid and high-impact plastic with good chemical resistance to most non-aromatic compounds. It is used primarily in plastic profile extrusion applications where material will be indoors. ABS has a satin finish and is available in standard or custom colors. 


ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) is produced by introducing acrylic elastomer during the reaction between styrene and acrylonitrile. ASA material has great toughness and rigidity, good chemical resistance and thermal stability, outstanding resistance to weather, aging, yellowing and high gloss. 


EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) is an exceptionally eco-friendly, flexible and versatile plastic foam designed for lightweight, energy-management and cushioning applications. EPP can replace materials such as metals, wood and a variety of other plastics. 


PP (Polypropylene) is a semi-rigid, lightweight, economical plastic with excellent chemical resistance and a fairly high service temperature. Polypropylene is available in natural (translucent white), standard and custom colors. 


PE (Polyethylene) ranges from flexible (LDPE) to semi-rigid (HDPE). A very economical material, polyethylene is good for plastic profile extrusion applications requiring low surface resistance. It is available in both FDA and industrial grades. Polyethylene also has good chemical resistance and is available in natural (translucent white), standard and custom colors. 


TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers) have performance properties similar to conventional thermosets such as EPDM or neoprene. TPEs offer flame and ozone resistance, excellent flex fatigue and performance in alcohol. They are limited by poor resistance to aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon solvents as well as oil and gasoline.


PA (Polyamide), also known as Nylon, is a resin of choice for numerous industrial and commercial applications. This thermoplastic material is resistant to wear and abrasion, exhibits good mechanical properties even at elevated temperatures, has low permeability to gases and demonstrates good chemical resistance. Polyamides are available in a wide variety of colors. 

Inside the Innovation

Learn more about how Cooper Standard is leveraging technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for the diverse markets we serve – making our innovation your advantage.