Point-of-Purchase Displays

Plastics for retail displays and kiosks

Plastic Materials for Point-of-Purchase Displays

Plastics are ideal materials for point-of-purchase (POP) displays because of their ease of fabrication, outstanding aesthetic properties, and cost. Plastics are also lightweight, durable, and many plastic materials are easy to decorate via printing and painting.

Plastics for POP Displays - lightweight, durable, easy to fabricate
Clear plastic POP display candy bins

Countertop Point-of-Purchase Displays

Countertop displays, manufactured from plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate, high impact polystyrene, and expanded PVC, create a rich buying experience for customers. These materials are available in a wide variety of colors and textures and they can be fabricated with standard woodworking tools.

Many plastic sheet materials can be formed on strip heaters and thermoforming machines and they can be easily assembled with adhesives and solvent cements. Special grades of acrylic, polycarbonate, and PETG are engineered to transmit and diffuse LED light to create beautiful back-lighted displays.

Point of purchase display kiosksRetail Merchandising Displays

Merchandising displays attract attention to the products being sold and also store the products for easy access by consumers. The plastics used for these applications need to be colorful, low cost, and durable enough for use in high traffic areas. Acrylic, impact modified acrylic, KYDEX® Thermoplastic Sheet, aluminum composite material (ACM), expanded PVC, and foam board are often specified for retail merchandising displays.   


Kiosks provide consumers with access to information in public places such as retail stores and airports. Plastics are seeing wider use in kiosks where superior aesthetic properties and durability are desired. 

KYDEX® Thermoplastic Sheet is used for kiosks to improve durability since KYDEX® Sheet resists chipping better than traditional surface laminates. Special grades of KYDEX® Sheet are available that have outstanding flammability properties (including UL 94 V-0 ratings) for kiosks that have electrical functionality. 

Vycom’s DESIGNBOARD® sheet is a family of plastic materials for kiosks. DESIGNBOARD® comes in exciting colors and textures and easy to fabricate, and extremely durable.

POP Displays, Exhibits, and Signage

POP applications for medium- to long-term use like displays, exhibits, and indoor/outdoor signage often use attractive yet durable plastics such as expanded PVC sheet and Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) panels. Both ACM and expanded PVC can be suitable for indoor or outdoor use, are offered in a variety of colors, and available in fire-rated grades.

For visually striking designs, ACM aluminum facers make for an attractive surface choice while the polyester core reduces the panel weight to approximately half of comparable aluminum materials. The panels are easy to fabricate and material options range from flat-sheet only applications to options suited for roll-forming or route-and-return fabrication methods for long-term needs. 

Expanded PVC is a lightweight yet rigid foam polyvinyl chloride with smooth facers that easily machine and fabricate for medium-term needs. Grades specifically designed for superior printing, assembly, and even wood-grain appearances are available

Fabrication and Machining Services

Take advantage of our plastic fabrication and machining services to save time and money on plastic parts. Utilizing in-house capabilities and partnering with fabrication specialists we provide customers with reliable fabrication solutions, machined parts and cut-to-size materials for any application.

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Curbell has an extensive inventory of plastic materials in a wide variety of colors and textures to make your displays as eye-catching and cost effective as possible. We also stock many different types of tapes and adhesives for assembling displays.

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Frequently Asked Questions
My acrylic displays sometimes break during shipping or when accidentally dropped in stores. Are there more durable plastics for POP displays?

Impact modified acrylics such as DURAPLEX® and Plexiglas® T are tougher and more durable than standard acrylic sheet materials. PETG and polycarbonate have even higher impact resistance than impact modified acrylics.  

Are plastics available in custom sizes and colors?

Yes. Most plastic sheet materials are available in custom sizes and colors. For some sizes and colors, a minimum purchase quantity may apply.

Can plastic sheet materials be printed via screen printing and digital printing?

Most plastics can be easily printed however, some materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene may require special inks and also corona treatment prior to printing in order to insure adequate ink adhesion.

Can I bond plastic materials with adhesives and solvent cements?

Certain plastics such as acrylic and high impact polystyrene are easy to bond using adhesives and solvent cements. Other plastic materials such as HDPE and PP are more difficult to bond and may require special adhesives and/or surface treatments to achieve the required bond strength.

My retail displays are made using traditional countertop laminates and they chip during use. Are there more durable and chip resistant plastic materials that I can use to replace the laminates?

Yes. KYDEX® Thermoplastic Sheet is tough and chip resistant and it is often used instead of traditional laminates when increased durability is required.