POM (Polyoxymethylene), also known as acetal, polyacetal and polyformaldehyde, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts which require high stiffness, low friction and excellent dimensional stability. As a tough, solvent and fuel resistant plastic it is used for gears, bearings, window guides, speaker grills, zips, lighters, aerosol valves, fasteners and furniture components.
POM combines high stiffness and strength with outstanding resilience, favourable sliding friction behaviour and excellent dimensional stability, even under the effect of mechanical forces, in contact with numerous chemicals,fuels and other media as well as at elevated temperatures.
POM is used in a range of applications including consumer items like:
- expresso coffee brewing machines
It is also used in the electrical industry for:
- gas meters
- disposable applicators
- [Disposable applicators (POM)]
POM is also widely used in the automotive industry for:
- fuel tank modules
- gear wheels
[Loudspeaker grills (POM)]