Introducing ABSCOM® MS117AX

ABSCOM® MS117AX (Permanent Antistatic ABS)


ABSCOM® MS117AX is an ABS plastic 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 permanent antistatic 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‘ (Discontinued). 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 data 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. *
  • Permanent Antistatic ABS

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

Laboratory Testing Results – ‘Surface Resistance’

Sample identification
Surface resistance
[Ohms] average
GREEN 6173
GREY 22151
*Typical properties found after lab testing.

KEY: 3E8 Ohms = 3×10^8 Ohms = 300 MΩ

  • Testing according IEC 61340 2 3
  • Test condition 2
  • Test equipment used: 1,2
  • Electrification time: Automatic
  • Measurement voltage: 100 V
  • Number of measurement points: 4

PCL’s new colourable conductive permanent antistatic ABS polymer ABSCOM®MS117AX offers all colour possibilities. Giving the polymer a distinct advantage over traditional black-only conductive polymers and is sure to be popular in industrial environments. To learn more about this product and how it can benefit your business, call us on +44 (0) 191 378 3737 today.