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Polystyrene Pad Printing & Decorating Services

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At Unique Assembly & Decorating, we are the leading provider of product decorating services for rigid plastic products. With over 25 years of experience, we aim to provide the best quality results offering a wide range of printing and decorating services. Our dedication to our customers motivates us to complete the most complex projects in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. We work with a range of customers, including contract manufacturers, OEMs, injection molders, and product manufacturers severing a variety of industries. One of the most common materials we are asked to print or decorate is Polystyrene.   


Polystyrene (HIPS)

Polystyrene, or High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), is a versatile plastic that is low cost and easily thermoformed or fabricated. A synthetic hydrocarbon polymer, polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, brittle or rigid. When combined with various colorants, additives or other plastics, polystyrene is used to make a wide variety of consumer products; such as, appliances, electronics, automobile parts, toys, food packaging, equipment and more.


Printing & Decorating Polystyrene

Unique Assembly & Design can provide printing services to companies all over the United States.  We work with each customer to find a printing or decorating solution for Polystyrene / HIPS products. 

  • Pad printing: Great for fine detail and multicolor registration
  • Screen printing: Works well for single, large images on flat or cylindrical parts. This method produces very opaque parts printed images.
  • Hot Stamping:  Works well for single color images with very opaque and high gloss images. 


Applications & Processing

Products made with polystyrene come in FDA compliant grades and are recyclable. This plastic maintains strength in high-impact applications and easily moldable. This makes this plastic ideal for injection molding and extrusion projects. Below is a list of common products that use polystyrene:

  • Hot & cold catering boxes
  • TV and audio-visual equipment parts
  • Instrument panels and fittings
  • Gasoline tanks
  • Components for medical devices 
  • Chemical bottle packs
  • Computer Housings
  • Automotive seating


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David – Director of Technical Services, Packaging Supplier