There are many different thermoplastics available nowadays, and here at Eagle Plastics we are certainly no stranger to them.

Thermoplastic materials are one of the most common resources to use when it comes to manufacturing, which is why we strive to supply a wide variety of sheeting to suit as many different applications as possible.

High Impact Styrene, often known as HIPS is a very reliable thermoplastic to use, and here at Eagle Plastics it is one of the most popular amongst our extensive stocklist – but what exactly is it?


What is High Impact Polystyrene?

High Impact Polystyrene is a branch of thermoplastic; thermoplastics are plastic polymers which can become mouldable when heated, and solidify upon cooling.

HIPS is a rubber modified version of General Purpose Polystyrene, and therefore possesses a much tougher exterior and interior than that of its original form.

High Impact Polystyrene can be produced, sold and moulded in various different shapes, but its most common form are HIPS sheets for ease of transportation and delivery.

HIPS thermoplastic is extremely popular due to its versatility, but what exactly are the High Impact Polystyrene advantages and disadvantages?


High Impact Polystyrene Advantages:

There are many different High Impact Polystyrene advantages and disadvantages which will determine whether the thermoplastic is the correct one to use for your project.

  • HIPS boasts excellent malleability and high tensile strength which makes the thermoplastic an extremely versatile one, which can be used in a wide range of applications.
  • It can be re-moulded over and over, which means that not only is there endless uses for the thermoplastic, but also makes it environmentally friendly as it can always be recycled.
  • The mouldable properties mean that HIPS can be shaped into any form you require using processes such as extrusion and plastic injection moulding.

High Impact Polystyrene Disadvantages:

Although it has an extensive list of advantages, there are some disadvantages to HIPS too.

  • The material has reduced electrical properties, so will not be suitable in every circumstance.
  • Another drawback that can affect where HIPs can be used is its Increased moisture absorption.


HIPS Applications

You will most likely encounter HIPS on a day-to-day basis as it is used in a variety of different household and industrial items. High Impact Polystyrene lend itself to many different applications including promotional and marketing displays, Point of Sale signage, and kiosks.

Its mouldable properties means the thermoplastic is commonly used in children’s toys too. Other applications include custom-made enclosures, handling trays, bathroom cabinets and packing inserts.


Contact us for more information!

Head to our website to find out more about High Impact Polystyrene or call us today for a free quote on 0116 276 6363.

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