Glossary of terms

- Feb 20, 2019-

ABS Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin
ASA Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate resin
bn billion
CH Switzerland
CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
Conversio Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH
EU European Union


EPRO             European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations
ETP                Engineering Thermoplastics

GDP Gross domestic product
m t Million tonnes
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NO Norway


Other plastics    Thermosets, adhesives, coatings and sealants
PA                      Polyamides

PBT Polybutylene terephthalate
PC Polycarbonate
PE Polyethylene
PEEK Polyetheretherketone
PE-HD Polyethylene, high density


PE-LD                             Polyethylene, low density
PE-LLD                           Polyethylene, linear low density
PE-MD                           Polyethylene, medium density
PEMRG                          PlasticsEurope Market Research Group
PET                                Polyethylene terephthalate
Plastic materials            Thermoplastics + Polyurethanes
PMMA                           Polymethyl methacrylate
POM                              Polyoxymethylene
PP                                  Polypropylene
PS                                  Polystyrene
PS-E                               Polystyrene, expandable
PTFE                               Polytetrafluoroethylene
PUR                                Polyurethane
PVC                                Polyvinyl chloride
SAN                                Styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer
Thermoplastics               Standard plastics (PE, PP, PVC, PS, EPS,PET (bottle grade)) + Engineering plastics(ABS, SAN, PA, PC, PBT, POM, PMMA, Blends, and others including High Performance Polymers)

Thermosets                      Urea-formaldehyde foam, melamine resin,polyester resins, epoxy resins, etc.