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High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

Strong, low-cost plastic

High impact polystyrene (HIPS) is a low cost, tough plastic material that is easy to thermoform and fabricate.


It is often used for:

  • Retail display applications
  • Countertop point-of-purchase displays
  • Banners
  • Indoor signs

High impact polystyrene can be assembled with mechanical fasteners, solvents, or adhesives.


HIPS Performance Benefits are:

  • Low cost
  • Easy to paint on
  • Easy to print on
  • Easy to assemble with adhesives or solvents
  • Outstanding thermoforming characteristics
  • Good machinability
  • High impact strength

Typical Applications of HIPS:

  • Point-of-purchase displays
  • Printed advertising graphics
  • Thermoformed parts
  • Shelves
  • Kiosks
  • Fixtures
  • Models and prototypes
  • Thermoformed machine housings