What is high impact polystyrene? When it comes to thermoplastics, there are lots of different types on the market, which can make choosing the right one a little difficult at times. Here at Eagle Plastics, leading experts in thermoplastics, we are here to help make the job a little easier using our fully trained team of professionals. With decades of experience under our belts, we have established a highly in depth knowledge and understanding of the world of thermoplastics, and use this to offer support and advice to customers who are looking to purchase a thermoplastic themselves. We have a wide range of thermoplastic sheeting available, but one of our most popular types is undoubtedly our high impact polystyrene sheets – but what exactly are they?

High impact polystyrene explained

If you are wondering what is high impact polystyrene, you have come to the right place. In this post, we’ll go through the essential points you need to know if you are considering purchasing HIPS.

High impact polystyrene – more commonly known as HIPS – is a type of thermoplastic, which means it is made from plastic polymers that allow the material to soften when heated and then harden upon cooling. This high impact polystyrene structure means that the thermoplastic can be bent, moulded and shaped into an all manner of different products with little effort – making it a perfect material for manufacturing purposes. HIPS is a rubber modified version of GPPS (General Purpose Polystyrene) and the addition of rubber to the formula has increased the properties which the material has.

What properties does HIPS have?

There are many different HIPS properties which make the thermoplastic popular for use, but its most desirable one is definitely its malleability. The material can be moulded into many different shapes countless times and still retain its other existing properties, which means that there is no risk of it becoming weaker when it is shaped into a new product – this makes it highly reliable. High impact polystyrene also boasts a high tensile strength, has a high impact resistance, and is very light. HIPS is able to be fabricated over and over again, which makes the material recyclable and perfect for those who wish to be environmentally friendly within their manufacturing. Here at Eagle Plastics, we stock high impact polystyrene in a wide range of colours and thicknesses, so you can be sure to find exactly what you need for your project.

Where is high impact polystyrene used?

HIPS plastic properties make the thermoplastic ideal for numerous different applications. Its strength and durability alongside its attractive finish means that it is often used in marketing and promotional displays – it is usually the go-to material to make Point of Sale displays and shop signage from. HIPS can also be used to make children’s toys, enclosures and bathroom cabinets.

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Head to our website today if you would like more information on high impact polystyrene. Alternatively, call 0116 276 6363 for a free quote or to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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