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At our manufacturing plants located in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Spain and Malaysia we produce polyolefin foams. Our products are used in various industries like automotive, construction and insulation, leisure and professional sport, adhesive tapes, footwear and packaging.
Despite being active in very diverse industries our solutions are all based on the same principles: light weight, environment friendliness, high quality, stable performance and simplicity.

Usage and Types of Polyethylene Foam

In addition to polystyrene and polyurethane foams, closed cell polyethylene foam is one of the most commonly used foams in industry. It can be used in a number of ways:

  • as an insulating material
  • as sports equipment
  • as an automotive product
  • as packaging material
  • and even in the footwear industry.

What does PE mean?

PE stands for polyethylene. What do we need to know about this material? Its chemical formula is (C2H4)n, i.e. this is a carbon- and hydrogen-based material. Polyethylene foam is a closed cell solid material and is foamed with gas. Each gas phase is separated by a layer, which yield the cells. Closed cell cross-linked polyethylene foam is the sum of these cells.

Cross-linked PE foam is flexible and absorbs vibrations thanks to the structure of the foaming material. Its thickness (4-500 mm) and density (approx. 0.03 – 0.2 g/cm3) are variable, and it is a lightweight material (up to 30 times lighter than water).

Polyethylene foam is environmentally and skin-friendly, and harmless to the human body.

Polyethylene belongs to the family of polyolefins in addition to polypropylene.

Extruded (coarse cell, snow white) polyethylene foam

This foam type is used mainly as packaging material, and is recyclable. It is a very light, yet durable material that protects wrapped surfaces. It exists in blown and laminated variants. Closed cell polyethylene but not crosslinked PE foam.

Use: as packaging material

Closed cell cross-linked PE foam

A chemical cross-linked foam forms a resistant surface. Cross-linked closed cell polyethylene foam means that during cross-linking, the molecules connect by chemical bonds, forming a structure branched from the straight carbon chain, thus creating a more durable structure. The fineness of the cellular structure gives the material even greater stability.

It is also available in fire retardant and conductive variants: the cross-linked polyethylene foam is much more widely used than extruded PE foam. This is also due to the fact that it withstands the rigours of weather, and the cross-linked foam does not react with most chemicals, and is not vapour-permeable. Thus, it can be used to produce a durable insulating material, as it is not consumed by insects or rodents. Its vibration damping effect is particularly high.

Use:

  • as a polyolefin insulation material in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and architecture (due to its good heat, water and sound insulation)
  • due to its vibration damping and absorbing effect, it is also be used to make mattresses and shoe soles

Bio-based cross-linked polyethylene foam

TR-EECell is a bio-based cross-linked polyethylene foam, which is made almost entirely from raw material obtained from biomass (sugar cane). The advantages of the technology are that the obtained polyethylene closed cell foam sheets

  • are environmentally friendly to produce
  • have a high performance
  • are versatile: their applications are the same as those of the traditional PE foam.

The price of polyethylene foam

The price of PE chemical foam is dependent on the following factors:

  • foam thickness
  • foam density
  • shape and size
  • self-adhesive or non-self-adhesive
  • fire resistance
  • colour

The foam we produce

At our manufacturing plants located in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Spain and Malaysia, we produce cross-linked polyolefin foam sheets. As polyolefin foam suppliers, our products are used in various industries such as automotive, production of construction and insulation materials, leisure and professional sports equipment, self-adhesive foams, and in the footwear and packaging industry.

Even though we are active in such diverse areas, our solutions are all based on the same principles: lightweight products, environmentally friendly processes, high quality, consistent performance and simplicity.

The foaming material

Chemical cross-linked foams

Closed cell cross-linked polyethylene foam is manufactured horizontally and in continuous technology
Resistant surface
In many thicknesses and densities

Physical cross-linked foams

Cross-linked by physical irradiation
Manufactured using horizontal or vertical technology
Fine cellular structure and smooth surface
High heat resistant PP foam
In many thicknesses and densities

crossed

Processing

Various lamination processes
Self-adhesive coating
Die-cutting
Thermoforming
Perforating and embossing

conversion

Business units

For detailed information about properties, advantages and areas of application please visit our Business Unit pages.

  • Automotive

    Automotive

    Light weight & Comfort

    We share passion for automobiles and the desire to use experience for creating game changing innovations. We consequently follow the path of listening – understanding – solving – producing – supplying.

  • Insulation

    Insulation

    Engineering. Construction and Interior

    Our passion is people’s comfort. We take care homes, offices, recreational buildings and all closed areas through our insulation solutions.

  • Sport, Leisure & Home

    Sport, Leisure & Home

    No limits

    We indulge your senses with pleasant touch materials, eye-popping colors and patterns. Our products are designed for comfort and safety to make you feel good any activity you perform.

  • Progame

    Progame

    Artificial Turf Shockpad & Tatami

    Whether football, hockey, baseball, rugby, judo, karate, or any other martial art, with ProGame you can maximize safety and comfort of your athletes.

  • Adhesive tapes

    Adhesive tapes

    Strong Bonds for the Future

    Considering special needs and requirements of many different applications and industries, we combine creative thinking with outstanding technological background to provide high quality, tailored solutions for you.

  • Footwear

    Footwear

    Soo easy

    Soo light, soo safe, soo comfortable.

    Designed for light walk, hard sport or fancy appearance shoes supposed to be good. They help mood, support health and contribute to humans physical activity. We stand for European quality.

  • Packaging

    Packaging

    Light and easy

    Packaging solutions providing long-lasting protection against vibration and shock during shipping, in-process handling and storing.

  • Business Solutions

    Business Solutions

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  • Industrial foams

    Industrial foams

    Are you working in Toy, Elderly Care or Medical Devices industy? We are interested in implementing your ideas!

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