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A thermoplastic pultrusion was carried out to prepare the long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) composites based on polyacetal (POM) matrix on the custom-designed pultrusion equipment. The investigation on mechanical performance revealed that the POM-based LFT composites achieved much higher tensile, flexural, and impact strength than the short glass fiber reinforced ones at the same fiber loadings. Such a promising reinforcement effect is attributed to the feature that the residual fiber length in the injection-molded LFT products is greatly superior to that in short fiber reinforced ones. This takes full advantage of the strength of the reinforcing fiber itself. The scanning electronic microscopy demonstrated that the fiber fracture and fiber pull-out concurred on the tensile and impact fracture surfaces, and the former preceded the latter. The isothermal crystallization kinetics of the POM-based LFT composites was also intensively studied, and the results indicated that the crystallinity of POM domain was enhanced by the heterogeneous nucleation of glass fiber, but the crystallization rate was postponed due to the interspace restriction toward crystalline growth caused by long glass fiber. These kinetic parameters provided information on the processing conditions of POM-based LFT composites for the injection and compression molding. POLYM. COMPOS., 2014. © 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers