This is one material that is a tough and versatile engineering material for mechanical and electrical use. It is a good electrical insulator, light in weight, and resistant to water and chemicals.
Bakelite (Hylam) will be used where electrical insulation takes a back seat over mechanical strength, wear resistance and resilience. It has applications in bearings, pickers, bushes, gears, marine application and textile shuttles. To suit specific applications, different grades are offered.