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Polypropylene Sheets, Rod, Tube, Basic Shapes, & Other Uses

Polypropylene (PP) is a versatile polymer with excellent mechanical properties; because of this, it has gradually replaced polyethylene for many applications. It is an economical material noted for its high-quality chemical resistance in corrosive environments and is the second most widely produced commodity in plastics today. Cost and its recyclability are a couple reasons behind the rise in polypropylene in the commercial marketplace. Polypropylene is USDA and FDA certified.

Properties of Polypropylene

A few characteristics of polypropylene include:

  • Chemical Resistance – PP’s chemical resistance is superior to metals because it’s unaffected by most aqueous solutions, alkalis, and inorganic acids—even at higher temperatures. This imperious nature gives the substance a strong profile against most types of corrosion. 
  • Elasticity and Toughness – Due to these properties, this material can be used as an engineering plastic. As a fiber, PP is utilized as tapes, strapping, and a variety of bulk filament and woven material.
  • Fatigue Resistance – Polypropylene retains its shape under heavy torsion, bending, and flexing. It remains strong after repeated wear—even when used as a working hinge.
  • Insulation – Due to polypropylene's extremely high electrical resistance, it is often utilized with or for electronic components, as it withstands high temperatures well.

Industries and Applications of Polypropylene

Polypropylene has the ability to function as both a plastic material and a fiber. It is easily fabricated and has high impact resistance. This has given PP a lot of functionality across the end-use market.  

  • Chemical Processing Industries: Structural tanks and linings, plating barrels, semiconductor processing equipment, laboratory surfaces + cabinets, and anodizing process equipment.
  • Industrial Applications: Acid and chemical tanks, sheets, pipes. Polypropylene has high tensile strength due to its semi-crystalline nature, is moisture resistant, and corrosion resistant which makes it ideal for use in many industrial applications.
  • Pipe, flanges, and manhole covers: Pipe fittings and flanges are used in a wide variety of farming and manufacturing liquid applications such as: waste, saltwater, and cooling water handling.
  • Medical: orthotic and prosthetic devices
  • Pump and valve components
  • Fire truck tanks
  • Ducts and Fume Hoods: Suitable for wet process, laminar flow, cleanrooms, containment and custom environment solutions. Odor resistant, non-porous, durable and long lasting, which makes them suitable for food research labs.

    Emco now offers MegaSheets! Starting at 1-1/4" thick, it can be used as one huge sheet or cut to a variety of size options. Contact us today for more information.

MegaSheet Sizes


Choose Emco Plastics For Your Polypropylene Needs

Emco Plastics is your premier fabricator, manufacturer, and distributor for polypropylene products. We have provided high-quality plastic components for over 30 years. We proudly work with a wide range of industries, including medical, food and beverage, and chemical processing. From material selection and sizing to design and consultation, our engineers will help you complete your next project exactly to your specifications.

At Emco Plastics, we pride ourselves on quality craftsmanship, competitive pricing, and fast turnaround. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist with all your plastic needs.


Looking for cut-to-size items off the shelf? Shop polypropylene sheets & bars, rods, and balls from our distribution partner Fix Supply.

Types of Polypropylene

PP, Homopolymer

PPH offers a high strength to weight ratio and is stiffer and stronger than copolymer, This combined with good chemical resistance and weldability allows this material to be used in many corrosion resistant structures

PP, Homopolymer
PP, Foamlite®

PP, Foamlite®
PP, Copolymer

Noted for its excellent chemical resistance in corrosive environments, Polypropylene provides excellent resistance to organic solvents, degreasing agents and electrolytic attack.

PP, Copolymer
PP, Fire/Flame Retardant

Emco’s CP7-D flame retardant polypropylene meet or exceed the most rigorous FMRC 4910 testing standards for most aspects of flame retardation, self-extinguishing characteristics and burn through.

PP, Fire/Flame Retardant
Polypropylene Machining & Fabricating

Acetal is a rigid, strong material that is available in copolymer and homopolymer compounds. Its properties include low moisture absorption, good chemical resistance and good dimensional stability

Polypropylene Machining & Fabricating

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