EPE foam is a material widely used in packaging across the globe. It’s lightweight and excellent for shock absorption and surface protection. If you are purchasing or transporting fragile equipment and product, you are bound to rely on EPE foam to ensure your property remains unbroken and undamaged.
Although there’s a variety of protective foams, the EPE foam is deemed superior. Its physical and chemical properties allow it to be shaped as foam sheets, foam tubes, foam planks and foam nets.
Here are a few industries that use the EPE Foam:
Everything from delicate medical/scientific equipment and consumer electronics to bedding and furniture needs to be protected from shock and impact during transportation. EPE foam provides the perfect cushioning without taking up too much space or adding more weight to the cargo. Because it’s a flexible material, it is best to protect irregular-shaped objects.
Contractors and interior decorators use EPE foam to protect materials prone to scratches while projects take place in the home or office such as granite, glass, marble, artwork, etc.
From floor to ceiling, EPE foam can be used in multiple ways.
Because of its low thermal conductivity, EPE foam is a popular insulation material for air conditioners, heaters, and pipes. Fire retardants can also be added during the manufacturing process and therefore can be used to fill in walls, and cover floors and ceilings.
Because the material is resistant to water, it’s excellent for condensation frost protection, and “under-floor” applications.
The automotive industry has been leaning toward technologies and materials with low to zero emissions as well as reducing their footprint on the environment. Because EPE foam is recyclable, this is fast gaining the approval of the electric vehicle industry.
Electric vehicle manufacturers are using EPE foam in cabin insulation, AC insulation, seat linings, rooftop and bonnets, floor mats and seat upholstery.
Sports and Gym Equipment
EPE foam is durable, doesn’t break easily, is lightweight and regains its shape after force has been applied to it. This makes it an excellent material to be used in manufacturing yoga mats, sports mats, and guards for thighs and shins.
Food and Beverage Packaging
A combination of physical properties makes it perfect to be used for food packaging – non-toxic, lightweight, resistant to the growth of fungi and microbes, odourless, and low thermal conductivity. Because of its malleability, durability, and shock absorption, it is manufactured as foam nets to protect produce, cans and bottles.
It’s extremely lightweight yet strong. Its buoyancy makes it ideal for floatation devices and life vests.
EPE foam is present all around us. Sometimes it’s unseen in the case of the construction industry or automotive industry; sometimes it’s right there in our hands in the form of an exercise training mat or a food package. The spectrum of its applications is a testament to the flexibility of the material and its use.
Who is Vitatex
VitaTex (Pty) Ltd is a leading EPE and non-woven Spunbond manufacturer and supplier based in Gauteng, South Africa. VitaTex supplies a diversified range of products across a wide spectrum of industries including but not limited to the agricultural, retail, industrial, hygiene and packaging industries. We are a proudly South African company.