MABS is an amorphous thermoplastic polymer, which is a copolymer of methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene, acrylonitrile, and butadiene. The polymer provides exceptional properties such as high impact strength, resistance to various chemicals, and excellent transparency. Transparency is one of the important features of MABS, as it allows creation of visual effects, such as shine, deep color, and pearlescent effect, in final products. This property also allows for MABS to be printed on. As a result, MABS is used in design-oriente d fields and is preferred due to the ease of processing.
MABS is a specialty polymer belonging to the styrenic polymers family. It offers properties that closely resemble the properties offered by ABS. MABS is a preferred material that is employed in medical applications such as connectors, dialysis housings, filters, and transparent components in ventilators. Demand for methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) is anticipated to increase at a higher pace than that for other polymers in the near future.
MABS resembles acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in terms of properties. Therefore, it is used in high-end applications such as medical and pharmaceuticals. MABS retains its specialty nature and is one of the more expensive polymers compared to other commodity polymers. It also exhibits electrical properties that are consistent over a varied series of frequencies. It is highly used in mechanical applications. MABS offers a combination of properties: toughness of polybutadiene rubber along with strength and rigidity of acrylonitrile and styrene polymers.
The U.S. accounted for significant share of the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market in North America in 2017. It ranked second (after China) in terms of demand for styrenic polymers in the world in 2017. Mexico is the leading country of the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market in Latin America, led by the presence of manufacturing facilities of some of the leading players in the region.