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CET® is a range of transparent styrene-acrylic copolymers (SMMA). These materials combine the aesthetic quality and mechanical properties of  acrylic resins while combining the cost efficiency of styrenics. CET® is an excellent cost-efficient alternative to PC/PMMA or PS/clear PP upgrade.

Discover CET® Styrene Acrylic resin's key properties

What are the key properties of Styrene Acrylic resin?

CET® is a cost-effective transparent resin with superb surface aesthetic. Its mechanical attributes are suitable for everyday life applications. Impact-modified grades are also available to get superior mechanical properties, such as higher-impact resistance, when required.

Compared to other transparent resins, CET® is so much easier to process. It does not require pre-drying and it can be extruded or injection-molded at lower temperatures than PMMA, MABS and PC. Here is an overview of the CET® key properties:

CET® Key Properties

Excellent aesthetic                           Attractive cost
Glossy surface
Cheaper than PC, PMMA,
MABS
Crystal-clear transparency
Low processing costs
Good resistance                               Easy processing
Resistant to everyday life
conditions: shocks, drops...
No pre-drying required
Resistant to residential
cleaning agents and sanitizers
Lower energy consumption
vs. PC, PMMA, PET...
Regulatory
FDA and EU compliant
USP Class VI
BPA free
Consistency
Resistant to sterilization methods
No yellowing nor degradation
when exposed to gamma & EtO

Why choose CET® SMMA over other transparent thermoplastics?

CET® is a well-balanced resin offering performance in between styrene and acrylic thermoplastics. Here is a technical comparison of CET® resin versus PMMA and SAN.

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Compared to polystyrene or SAN, CET® offers superior mechanical performance with much better surface aesthetic. Polystyrene often looks and feels cheap whereas CET® Styrene Acrylic resin does not. In addition, CET® offers gorgeous glossy surface comparable to PMMA or MABS. Read our case study dealing with the development of disposable razors made of CET® instead of polystyrene.

If you are using PMMA, polycarbonate, PET, MABS or any over-specified material, CET® resins is a less expensive alternative offering competitive aesthetic quality with much easier processing. CET® resins are very good in practical toughness (not abusive) and very good in everyday life conditions. The following case study will show you why CET® has been preferred over PMMA to develop a gorgeous ice-bucket for a luxury champagne producer.

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Case Studies from SMMA - styrene-acrylic copolymer

Design gorgeous yet cost-effective promotional items like champagne ice bucket thanks to CET® resin

Top-brand owners look permanently for promotional campaigns to keep their position in the consumers’ preference while solidifying their presence as high quality standards.

A prestigious champagne producer decided to offer a luxury logo-printed ice bucket to its customers who purchased several bottle packages. He needed a cost-effective yet beautiful transparent resin as the ice bucket would represent the brand and the champagne’s quality and reputation.

They evaluated CET® SMMA resins which delivered a more interesting cost/aesthetic balance than PMMA for instance. Download the case study to get the full story.

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They developed cost-effective double-walled tumblers by replacing PET with SMMA

A residential glass producer was using PET-G to inject double-walled tumblers. Thanks to the excellent impact resistance of PET, the producer claimed his glasses unbreakable but the glasses were too expensive.

He wanted to find a less expensive resin, with glossy surface and good impact resistance to drops while being also resistant to dish washings. He have found it in SMMA.

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They have chosen CET® SMMA for glossy transparent disposable razors

Resirene CET® SMMA resin has been selected by a key company for brand new disposable razors. Learn more about the unique combination of good mechanical properties, glossy/transparent aesthetic and attractive cost-effectiveness of CET® through this case study.

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How to develop cost effective and high quality household drinkware made of transparent SMMA

A kitchenware manufacturing company approached Resirene to develop new partyware, such as beverage dispenser and cake plates. They were looking for a material with...

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Transparent styrene-acrylic copolymer: a cost-effective alternative to MABS and PMMA without performance sacrifices

You are using acrylic resins or transparent ABS and you need a cost-effective material with an excellent clarity and transparency. Moreover, you do not want to compromise on the temperature and/or the mechanical performance.

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