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What are engineered plastics?

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What are engineered plastics? Engineered plastics are high-performance plastics designed for uses that require extreme durability or heat resistance. They are found in a variety of products, from car components to medical implants. Engineered plastics have an entire array of benefits to offer, and in many cases can effectively replace metals or ceramics.

Each engineered plastic has unique physical and mechanical properties, which vary depending on the ingredients used to make it. Engineered Plastics are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of industries and applications. Engineered plastics offer many benefits over standard polymers. The material properties of an engineered plastic can be altered by adding fillers, modifying the molecular structure or changing the processing methods used in the production of the polymer. Laird Plastics® has the largest inventory of Engineering Plastics Rods, Tubes and Shapes in North America.

About Laird Plastics
Plastics have revolutionized the world, enabling our society to enjoy the benefits of products that are safer, lighter, stronger, cheaper and more practical than traditional materials. Laird Plastics has been a leading distributor of plastic sheets, rods, films, and more for over 70 years, adapting along the way to new markets and innovations as the industry continues to modernize.

Operating with a network of over 50 distribution centers across North America and partnering with the industry’s leading manufacturers, Laird Plastics takes a unique, decentralized approach to the distribution business model and offers an extensive and specialized array of plastic materials. Laird Plastics stocks high-performance acrylics and polycarbonates, solutions to support their primary specialty, the sign and graphics industry, including foam boards, styrene, polypropylene, and vinyl banners, as well as mechanical and engineering materials such as UHMW, LDPE, HDPE, nylons, and acetals.