Plastics are synthetic or semi-synthetic polymer and other composite materials containing plasticizers, stabilizers, fillers, and other additives that enhance their processing and performance characteristics. The exact formulation of a plastic determines the properties it exhibits, with each plastic formula typically resulting in distinct qualities that make it suitable for specific use cases.

WS Hampshire, Inc. is a full-service fabricator and supplier of non-metallic materials, including plastics. Our 135,000-square foot facility allows us to stock and process a wide range of plastic materials for use in industrial and commercial applications, including the following:

THERMOSET LAMINATES

Phenolic plastics—also referred to as industrial laminates—consist of alternating layers of resin and material, all of which are exposed to high heat and pressure to form a solid plastic form. Depending on the type of phenolic plastic, the resin employed can be epoxies, melamines, polyesters, or silicones, and the material can be cloth, glass-based fabric, or paper. These composite materials are available in many forms, including sheet and convolute wound tube, and find use in a wide range of industrial applications, due to their machinability, corrosion resistance, and electrical insulation properties.

At W.S. Hampshire, we offer the following phenolic plastics:

Ryertex®. Ryertex® is a high-performance thermoset laminate composite material often used as an alternative to metal for industrial and commercial applications involving high heat, load, and/or speed. It can withstand temperatures of 250° F to 572° F. We offer availability in 16 grades for specific applications:

  • Ryertex 223 Marine
    Ryertex 223 Marine

    Ryertex® 223 (Grade C, Marine Grade)

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Grade
    Grade

    Grade

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex C
    Ryertex C

    Ryertex C

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex CE
    Ryertex CE

    Ryertex CE

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex CG
    Ryertex CG

    Ryertex CG

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex G3
    Ryertex G3

    Ryertex G3

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex G5
    Ryertex G5

    Ryertex G5

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex G7
    Ryertex G7

    Ryertex G7

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex G9
    Ryertex G9

    Ryertex G9

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex Grades G10
    Ryertex Grades G10

    Ryertex Grades G10

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • and FR4
    and FR4

    and FR4

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex G11
    Ryertex G11

    Ryertex G11

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex HD/A
    Ryertex HD/A

    Ryertex HD/A

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex HD/M
    Ryertex HD/M

    Ryertex HD/M

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex L
    Ryertex L

    Ryertex L

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex LE
    Ryertex LE

    Ryertex LE

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex S/T
    Ryertex S/T

    Ryertex S/T

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

  • Ryertex X
    Ryertex X

    Ryertex X

    Ryertex® 223 – Marine Grade provides the same strength and durability as Ryertex® C phenolic laminate with outstanding compressive strength and good machinability.

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Trespa®. Trespa is a high-pressure laminate plate of fibers or Kraft paper. It is coated with phenolic resin for use as interior or exterior cladding and decorative surfaces. We provide the following types:

  • TopLab® Plus
    TopLab® Plus

    TRESPA® TOPLAB® PLUS
    ANTIBACTERIAL AND HIGHLY CHEMICAL RESISTANT

    -TOPLAB® PLUS is the perfect surface for quality worktops with inherent antibacterial properties and highly resistant to a wide variety of aggressive chemicals.

  • TopLab® Base
    TopLab® Base

    TopLab® Base

    -TOPLAB® PLUS is the perfect surface for quality worktops with inherent antibacterial properties and highly resistant to a wide variety of aggressive chemicals.

  • TopLab® Vertical
    TopLab® Vertical

    TopLab® Vertical

    -TOPLAB® PLUS is the perfect surface for quality worktops with inherent antibacterial properties and highly resistant to a wide variety of aggressive chemicals.

  • Virtuon® Sheet
    Virtuon® Sheet

    Virtuon® Sheet

    Developed for demanding interior applications, Trespa’s underlying technology combines wood-based fibers with thermosetting resins under high pressure and at high temperatures, transforming them into robust composite panels that meet the most exacting specifications. The unique properties of Trespa® Virtuon® make them highly durable with a long life of retained appearance.

Arboron® sheet. Arboron® is a paper-based composite imbued with a phenolic thermosetting resin and topped with an outer layer of melamine. The sheets are uniform and have good resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and electrical creep.

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Resiten® sheet. Resiten® is a paper-grade laminate that manufacturers often use for laser engraved signage, applications that carry electrical voltage, and more. We offer these sheets in a wide range of grades, sizes, and thicknesses.

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THERMOPLASTICS

Thermoplastics are plastic composite materials that become soft and pliable when exposed to sufficiently high temperatures. In contrast to thermosets, they can be melted, formed, and recycled several times over.

At WS Hampshire, we offer the following thermoplastics:

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
    Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

    Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS).

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Acetal
    Acetal

    Acetal

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Acrylic
    Acrylic

    Acrylic

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • High-Density Polyethylene
    High-Density Polyethylene

    High-Density Polyethylene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • High-Impact Polystyrene
    High-Impact Polystyrene

    High-Impact Polystyrene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Low-Density Polyethylene
    Low-Density Polyethylene

    Low-Density Polyethylene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Nylon
    Nylon

    Nylon

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate
    Polyethylene Terephthalate

    Polyethylene Terephthalate

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Polycarbonate 
    Polycarbonate 

    Polycarbonate 

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Polypropylene
    Polypropylene

    Polypropylene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • PTFE
    PTFE

    Polytetrafluoroethylene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Polyurethane
    Polyurethane

    Polyurethane

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Polyvinyl Chloride
    Polyvinyl Chloride

    Polyvinyl Chloride

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

  • Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
    Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

    Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

    ABS plastic is a tough, rigid thermoplastic that is produced both as an extruded and annealed product.

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THERMAL INSULATION

Thermally insulative composite materials can absorb and disrupt the transfer of heat energy from one object to another. Thermal insulating materials can protect complex configurations from heat buildup and excessive heat from electrical malfunctions.

  • CS85
    CS85

    CS85

    This calcium silicate board offers excellent electrical resistance and resists shrinking in temperatures up to 1800° F.

  • Glastherm
    Glastherm

    Glastherm

    This calcium silicate board offers excellent electrical resistance and resists shrinking in temperatures up to 1800° F.

  • Marinite®
    Marinite®

    Marinite®

    This calcium silicate board offers excellent electrical resistance and resists shrinking in temperatures up to 1800° F.

  • Mica
    Mica

    Mica

    This calcium silicate board offers excellent electrical resistance and resists shrinking in temperatures up to 1800° F.

  • Transite®
    Transite®

    Transite®

    This calcium silicate board offers excellent electrical resistance and resists shrinking in temperatures up to 1800° F.

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FIBERGLASS-REINFORCED PLASTIC (FRP) MATERIALS

Fiberglass-reinforced plastics are composite materials that have been reinforced with glass fibers. They can offer strength comparable to that of metal and flexibility comparable to that of carbon fiber. These qualities, combined with their resistance to water damage, make them suitable for heavy-duty applications that are outdoors or regularly exposed to water.

At WS Hampshire, we offer the following fiberglass-reinforced plastic materials:

Group 698

Extren™
Extren is a low-maintenance material available in a variety of forms, including rounds, square/rectangles, tubes, and beams.

Group 701

GPO
GPO is a thermoset polyester sheet reinforced with fiberglass and filler material suitable for use as an electrical insulator. It is available in three grades: GPO-1, GPO-2, and GPO-3.

Group -1

Grating
We offer Duradek® pultruded grating and Duragrid® molded grating.

Group -2

Wesliner
Wesliner is a thermoset composite sheet material that has excellent chemical, physical, and thermal resistance. It’s also UL certified with a flame spread of 25.

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ELECTRICAL INSULATION

Electrical insulators are materials with high electrical resistivity, meaning they resist the flow of electrical charges. When used alongside electrical conductors, this quality makes them ideal for use as protection against electricity-related issues, such as electrocution, short-circuiting and arcing.

At WS Hampshire, we offer the following electrical insulation materials:

  • Mylar®
    Mylar®

    MYLAR®

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Dacron Mylar Dacron
    Dacron Mylar Dacron

    Dacron Mylar Dacron

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Nomex®
    Nomex®

    Nomex®

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • GPO
    GPO

    GPO

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Mica
    Mica

    Mica

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Kraft Paper
    Kraft Paper

    Kraft Paper

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Cequin
    Cequin

    Cequin

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • COPACO
    COPACO

    COPACO

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

  • Tufquin™
    Tufquin™

    Tufquin™

    Mylar® EL polyester films are strong, tough, general -purpose films for electrical/electronic uses.

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LED FILMS

Lighting equipment and systems, such as LED light fixtures, require the use of specialized plastic sheet and film to reflect and diffuse light to achieve proper lighting levels. Establishing and maintaining adequate lighting is critical to safe operation in sensitive and highly trafficked environments, such as train stations, aerospace facilities, and retail spaces.

LED FILMS FROM WS HAMPSHIRE

At WS Hampshire, we offer the following LED films:

  • Melinex®
    Melinex®

    Melinex®

    DuPont’s Melinex is a UL-registered white polyester film that has excellent reflective properties. It is available in 600 gauge sheets and finds use in applications ranging from display board reflectors to billboard lighting.

  • WhiteOptics
    WhiteOptics

    WhiteOptics

    DuPont’s Melinex is a UL-registered white polyester film that has excellent reflective properties. It is available in 600 gauge sheets and finds use in applications ranging from display board reflectors to billboard lighting.

  • Sarafil
    Sarafil

    Sarafil

    DuPont’s Melinex is a UL-registered white polyester film that has excellent reflective properties. It is available in 600 gauge sheets and finds use in applications ranging from display board reflectors to billboard lighting.

  • Clarifoil®
    Clarifoil®

    Clarifoil®

    DuPont’s Melinex is a UL-registered white polyester film that has excellent reflective properties. It is available in 600 gauge sheets and finds use in applications ranging from display board reflectors to billboard lighting.