Plastic materials can be any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids used in the manufacture of industrial products. In terms of promotional products made of plastics, the type of plastics used are mainly are

  • Polyester (PES) – Mainly used in textiles
  • Polyethylene (PE) – Supermarket bags and plastic bottles
  • Polypropylene (PP) – Bottle caps, drinking straws, containers, plush toy fillings
  • Polystyrene – Food containers, plastic tableware, disposable cups, plates, cutlery
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – ODM’s Octopus Suction Coolie

When it comes to hard plastic, acrylic and polycarbonate (PC) are the two main plastics used.

Examples of Acrylic



Acrylic – Popular Use:



    • Motorcycle helmet visors
    • Helicopter windows, submarine windows
    • Spectator protection in an ice hockey arena

Check out some case studies for Acrylic POS Displays and promotional products





Key characteristics of Acrylic



    • Less impact resistance


    • Less likely to scratch.


    • Does not turn yellow after time


    • Better clarity. Acrylic can be restored to optical clarity by polishing.



Polycarbonate – Popular Usage.



    • Compact discs, DVDs


    • Lighting lenses, sunglass lenses, safety glasses,


    • automotive headlamp lenses




Polycarbonate manufacturing

Key characteristics of Polycarbonate

  • Resistance towards impact / chipping
  • More likely to scratch
  • More costly
  • Used mainly for industry applications
  • Yellows over time
  • Easier to work with in terms of cutting as they are less likely to break
  • Poorer clarity, diffuses light, can lighten (could be positive)


Not sure which plastic to use for your next production? Contact us and will have experience advises coming along!