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High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS): Techno Brief

This technology brief features various key facts about about High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). It includes their strengths & limitations, properties which make them ideal thermoplastics for a wide array of applications and processing guidelines.

Advantages & Disadvantages of HIPS


  • High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is an economical and versatile plastic
  • It shows good impact resistance, dimensional stability and can be easily molded
  • It is glossy in nature and easily processable
  • It can be easily painted thanks to its amorphous structure

High Impact Polystyrene


High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is majorly used in applications where there is a need of:

  • Flexibility
  • Impact resistance
  • Easy machinability, and
  • Low cost

Also, being shatterproof it is extensively used in product packaging applications.

The below mentioned High Impact Polystyrene advantages have made it a thermoplastic of choice in automotive, electrical and electronics, household and consumer products and other applications. Let's have a look at them:

Advantages & Disadvantages of HIPS

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