Nylon & Nylatron: Nylon Sheet, Nylon Rod & Nylon Tube

Nylon Sheet and Nylon Rod have become the most well known engineering plastics due to their excellent properties. Nylon acts as an all rounder product and is capable in many situations of being a safe and dependable plastic.

Nylon sheet, plates, tubes or rods within the polyamides, are commonly referred to as “nylon”, each with distinguishable differences between the types. The most important ones are: Nylon PA 6, PA 66, PA 11 and PA 12. The differences in physical properties which exist between these types of nylons are mainly determined by the composition and the structure of their molecular chains.


Nylon refers to the group of plastics known as polyamides. Nylons are represented by amide groups and encompass a range of material types (e.g. Nylon 6.6, Nylon 6, Nylon 12 etc.) providing a broad range of desired properties.

  • High mechanical strength
  • Good fatigue resistance
  • High mechanical damping ability
  • Good sliding ability
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • Excellent chemical resistance to most chemicals including acids, alkalis, alcohol, petrol, grease and oils
  • Sleeves
  • Gears
  • High load bearings
  • Slide bearings
  • Bushes
  • Wear plates
  • Scrapers
  • Seal rings
  • Rods
  • Billets
  • Sheets
  • Machined components

Everything You Need To Know About Nylon (PA)

What is Nylon, and What is it Used For?

Nylon is a synthetic thermoplastic linear polyamide (a large molecule whose components are bound by a particular type of bond) that was first produced in 1935 by American chemist Wallace Carothers who was then working at the DuPont research facility in Delaware. Wallace produced what is technically known as Nylon 66 (still one of the most common variants). Demand for Nylon in particular and synthetic materials in general grew during World War II when natural items like silk, rubber, and latex were in significantly shorter supply.

Nylon is used for a variety of applications to include clothing, reinforcement in rubber material like car tires, for use as a rope or thread, and for a number of injection molded parts for vehicles and mechanical equipment. It is exceptionally strong, relatively resistant to abrasions and moisture absorptivity, long lasting, resistant to chemicals, elastic and easy to wash. Nylon is often used as a substitute for low strength metals. It is the plastic of choice for components in the engine compartment of vehicles because of its strength, temperature resilience, and chemical compatibility.