Electricity powers almost every aspect of our lives, at home and in our jobs, at work and at play. And everywhere that we find electricity, we also find plastics. In the kitchen, there are the labour-saving devices that we wouldn’t be without; washing machines, microwave ovens, kettles.


In the living room is the television, the video or the music system, while at work, we may use a computer. a fax machine or a telephone. Plastics make progress possible, making electrical goods safer, lighter, more attractive, quieter. more environmentally friendly and more durable.

What Plastics Are Used In Electrical Equipment?

  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – telephone handsets, keyboards, monitors, computer housings
  • Aikyd resins – circuit breakers, switch gear
  • Amino resins – lighting fixtures
  • Epoxy resins – electrical components
  • Ethylene vinyl acetate – freezer door strips, vacuum lean hoses, handle-grips
  • Phenol formaldehyde – fuse boxes, knobs, switches, handles
  • Polyacetal – business machine parts
  • Polyamide – food processor bearings, adaptors
  • Polycarbonate – telephones
  • Polyesters – business machine parts, coffee machines, toasters
  • Polyethylene – cable & wire insulation
  • Polymethyl methacrylate – hi-fi lids, windows on tape decks
  • Polymethyl pentane – circuit boards, microwave grills
  • Polyphenylene oxide – coffee machines, TV housings
  • Polyphenylene suiphide – hairdryer grilles, element bases, transformers
  • Polypropylene – kettles
  • Polystyrene – refrigerator trays/linings, TV cabinets
  • Polysulphone – microwave grills
  • Polytetrafluoroethene – electrical applications
  • Polyvinyl chloride – cable and wire insulation, cable trunking
  • Styrene acrylonitrile – hi-fi covers
  • Urea formaldehyde – fuse boxes, knobs, switches