EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE (EPS)
Expanded polystyrene is made from 98% air and only 2% material. It is known for its lightweight and ease of moulding or cutting, making it a good choice in various products design. EPS is often found in packaging solutions, insulation, lightweight fill blocks, insulated containers, upholstery, under the roads, etc.
This material is everywhere around us due to its versatility and unlimited design possibilities. It can be used in standard or complex projects.
GRAPHITE EPS (NEOPOR®)
The most important property of this material is its insulation factor, superior to expanded polystyrene. It is more efficient, even in lower densities. Expanded polystyrene with graphite is useful when insulation requirements are critical. This material can be moulded or cut to manufacture a wide-range of products.
Biodegradable expanded polystyrene is a good choice to manufacture products that will decompose once buried in the ground. This polystyrene has mostly the same characteristics as regular EPS, with the addition that it will decompose after 267 days. It is used in some insulated boxes where this specification is needed.
EPS WITH RECYCLED CONTENTS
To manufacture blocks or parts with a certain percentage of recycled material (anywhere between 5%-100%), expanded polystyrene is your best option. Once the beads are pelleted, they are mixed with virgin materials in the right proportions. Then, they enter into the regular manufacturing process, by moulding or cutting. This material can be found in packaging corners, large blocks, lightweight fill blocks, insulation boards, bean bags, and many more products.
EXPANDED POLYPROPYLENE (EPP)
In addition to similar properties to EPS, EPP has a shape memory, allowing product deformation without breakage, while keeping the product’s initial structure. It is used in components in various areas such as automotive products for its superior impact resistance, flotation devices for its negligible water absorption and sturdiness.
In this last example, as the product is multi-impact resistant, packaging can receive many impacts without breaking or deforming, allowing it to be recovered from the production line and reused over and over. EPP is also useful for very fragile products requiring superior packaging. It is resistant to petroleum and chemical products, to solvents, and to glass fiber.
This is the perfect material for use in a long-run or reusable packaging solutions.
HYBRID POLYPROPYLENE (EPP AND EPE)
Hybrid expanded polypropylene is very similar to expanded polypropylene, with a superior advantage: flexibility. It is the perfect option to manufacture products requiring higher bending resistance. As the standard EPP, it is resistant to petroleum and chemical products, to solvents, and to glass fiber.
EPP is known for its lightweight, ease of moulding or cutting, and moreover for its shape memory. It is possible to make it antistatic, a critical feature in many areas such as electronics, fiber-optic, and many other areas where the packaging has an impact on the product quality. It is resistant to petroleum and chemical products, to solvents, and to glass fiber.
EXPANDED POLYETHYLENE (EPE)
Expanded polyethylene presents a smooth surface. It is known to have a chemical resistance and a high flexibility. Its high impact absorption feature keeps it from deforming when subjected to impacts or vibrations. EPE is a wise choice for fragile or expensive products. Its elasticity and shape memory properties make it a critical asset when bending resistance is required, like in packaging, automotive, etc. Other areas prefer this material for its non-abrasive properties.
ARCEL® (EPE AND EPS)
Polystyrene and polyethylene combination allows for a sturdy, flexible and long-lasting product, with a very light weight. This copolymer presents a higher mechanical resistance and superior shape memory than EPS.
This material is made of extruded polyethylene, allowing for high flexibility. It is used in many areas where the aesthetics are critical. Elastomer is a good option for a non-abrasive packaging solution.
ETHYLENE-VINYL ACETATE (EVA)
It offers more elasticity and flexibility than expanded polyethylene and elastomer with a high impact resistance. Mostly used in sports protection, it is our best option for non-abrasive packaging solutions.