SAN is ABS without the EPDM particles. It is mainly used as transparent, but commonly opaque as well. 

Why choose it?

  • Inexpensive, yet a better impact, thermal and chemical resistance than PS (for a slightly higher price).
  • A common choice in food contact applications

Why not choose it?

  • Stress-cracking when subject to continuous load.

Typical applications as transparent:

  • Refridgerator box
  • Water jars
  • Champagne glasses

Typical applications as opaque:

  • Refridgerator box lids
  • Trays
  • Tableware


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