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What is high impact polystyrene?

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High impact polystyrene is a versatile plastic that is easy to cut into different shapes and sizes and fabricate. High impact polystyrene is also economical and impact-resistant.

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High impact polystyrene is often used for low-strength structural applications when low cost, machinability and low-impact resistance are desired. It is commonly used in consumer products, such as appliance components, toys, televisions and bicycle trailers. It is also used in computer housings, gasoline tanks, drinking cups, instrument panels and fittings. High impact polystyrene can be painted, glued and molded, and it is recyclable. It also has a good level of gloss and low volatility.

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