Introducing ABSCOM® MS117AX


ABSCOM® MS117AX is an ABS compound with superior surface and volume resistivity combined with exceptional colourability.

Polymer Compounders Limited, a leading manufacturer of ABS polymers (ABSCOM®), has developed ABSCOM® MS117AX a colourable conductive ABS polymer approved for use in industrial environments according to the ATEX test standard. Usually, this can only be achieved by using carbon-based additives and hence black is the only colour available. ABSCOM® MS117AX on the other hand offers all colour possibilities by utilizing a novel conductive additive without the use of carbon, enabling the end-user to choose any colour; they wish. This gives ABSCOM® MS117AX a distinct advantage when compared to other materials on the market, especially as state-of-the-art technological solutions demand ever-greater control over the electrical characteristics in manufactured goods.

Advancing on the technology of grade ‘ABSCOM® MS170AX‘. Which brought anti-static properties into ABS polymer for the first time, which was achieved through the use of new additive technologies. The additive technology we choose utilised multiwall carbon nanotubes to give ABSCOM® MS170AX its industry-leading unique characteristics. ABSCOM® MS170AX proved that it is possible to achieve good levels of conductivity in conjunction with the high impact values needed for a rugged electronic handheld device.

Typical properties of ABSCOM® MS117AX are shown in the table below:

Typical PropertyTypical ValueUnitTest Method based on
Melt Flow (220C /10kg)17g/10 minISO1133(B)  
Flexural Modulus2400MPaISO 527  
Tensile Strength at Yield48MPaISO 527  
Izod Notched Impact24KJM2ISO 180/1A  
Surface resistivity(3.0 x 10e8)OhmIEC 61340-2-3  
Volume resistivity(3.0 x 10e8)Ohm/cmIEC 61340-2-3  
Density1100  Kg/m3ISO 1183  
Flammability (1.50 mm)HB UL-94  

The key features of ABSCOM® MS117AX are as follows:

  • All colour possibilities.
  • No loss of mechanical performance.
  • ATEX compliance. *

*Can meet the Explosive Atmosphere Standard IEC 60079 specification with surface resistance Rs < 10^9 ohms target (RH50 % / 23 °C).