Australian Sheet Traders , national distributor of flat plastics, composite aluminum and associated products, introduces the HIPS (high impact, rigid, opaque polystyrene) sheets.
Ideal for vacuum or pressure forming of lower cost articles as well as general fabrication and screen printing work, the HIPS standard sheets feature a semi gloss finish. A high gloss coextruded finish is also available for sheets up to 3mm gauge.
The HIPS sheets exhibit goood rigidity and low temperature toughness and high elongation and moderately high heat distortion. A continuous exposure to ultra violet light will reduce impact strength and toughness and will cause discolouration.
These high impact, rigid, opaque polystyrene sheets are non toxic, and have been USFDA approved for use in food and beverage industries. They have good resistance to acids, bases, detergents and disinfectants and are not recommended for use with aldehydes, aromatic amines, hydrocarbons, esters and ketones.
Some of the most common applications of the HIPS sheets include:
- Margarine/yoghurt pots
- Meat trays
- Plant pots and troughs
- TV masks and backs
- Dryer consoles
- Bathroom cabinets
- Printed, vacuum formed and cold stamped advertising signs
- Counter display units