Polystyrene - High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)


Widely used for interior use on surfaces where colour is important. Badges, toys, boxes, furniture, coverings, models, door lights, shower walls, packaging etc...



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  • Sizes/ Uses/ Properties
  • Technical and Other Data
  • Colour Information
Max Sizes (NB: We cut to size from these)
Price Guide per Square Metre (Material Cost Only)
Sheets / Colours To see chart of size availability click here To see colours use ColourChart button at top of this page.

Key Properties

Good strength with a wide range of colours.


  • Low cost
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Good electrical properties
  • Good resistance to gamma radiation
  • FDA Compliant


  • Poor chemical resistance, particularly to organic solvents
  • Susceptable to UV degradation
  • Highly flammable and toxic smoke

Chemical Name

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)


Low cost, good dimensional stability, FDA Compliant, range of colours.

Additional Information

Polystyrene (High Impact Polystyrene)

Abbreviation: HIPS

Density g/cm^3
Shrinkage %
UV Resistance
Transparency (% visible light transmission) %
H2O Absorption After 24 hours %
Maximum Continuous Working Temperature (Zero Tensile effect after 11 years)

Low °C

High °C

0.2 - 0.8

Some clear 90

0.05 to 0.15
- 20
Hardness Shore D Mpa
Tensile Strength at Break Mpa
Elongation at Break %
Flexural Modulas Gpa
Toughness by Notched IZOD Impact at Room Temperature J/m
Fire Resistance LOI %
Dielectric Strength (Insulation Value) KV/mm thickness
60 to 75
20 to 45
10 to 65
1.5 to 3
50 to 350
12 to 24

Polystyrene - Colours

The colours shown represent the closest match we can show on a website. They are not exact as lighting, reprographic methods and different producers cause considerable variation.

Please remember that not all colours are available in all thicknesses. Please ask us for current stock avaiability. Stocks cannot be reserved until they are paid for and the order placed on the factory.

Colours - Please check on thicknesses available. To see "Availability chart "click here"

Brushed Silver and Gold.
P2 - Black Leathergrain
P14 - Black

P1 - Black Pinseal

P12 - Blue

P3 - Dark Brown

P11 - Green

P8 - Ivory

P16 - Mirror

P6 - Opal

P7 - Orange

P4 - Purple

P13 - Red

P9 - Silver Grey

P5 - Violet

P15 - Gloss White & P17 Matt White

P10 - Yellow

Conductive is Black and has no code number.
Just ask for Conductive Black please.



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