Polyethylene Foam

What Is Polyethylene Foam?

Polyethylene foam is made from adding air to polyethylene, a type of plastic, essentially expanding it. Also known as Polyolefins, PE, or LDPE (low density polyethylene), polyethylene foam is a popular type of foam with many uses.

Closed cell polyethylene foam is created through a multitude of small gas pockets, creating the closed cell structure. The closed cell structure results in a foam which is denser and stronger than an open cell foam; this structure moreover means the foam is unable to soak up water, ensuring polyethylene foam is resistant to bacteria, rot, and mildew.

A wide range of shapes can be achieved through the fabrication of polyethylene foam, meaning it is a highly versatile material.

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    Benefits of Using Polyethylene Foam

    Polyethylene foam boasts of many advantages, making it suitable for a range of applications. Gilca supplies polyethylene foam in a range of colours and different formats, working closely with our customers to ensure they have a product perfectly designed for them. This includes polyethylene foam sheets, castellations, inserts, pads, and trays – all of which can be provided with an adhesive backing, for quick and simple installation.

    High Impact Absorption

    One of the benefits of polyethylene foam is its high impact shock absorption. The air pockets within polyethylene foam mean it has a cushioning and compression effect when faced with impact, making it perfect for packaging and transportation.

    Additionally, this foam has a soft surface, is lightweight, and can be easily cut to bespoke shapes, making it suitable for fitting stock and goods inside during transportation. Polyethylene foam packaging is one of the most common uses of this material.
    The impact absorption of polyethylene foam makes it suitable for vibration absorption; in this vein, polyethylene foam is commonly used for acoustic sound proofing and underlay.

    Heat Resistant

    Polyethylene foam has a high melting point, meaning it has effective heat resistance. Able to withstand temperatures between -80°c and 100°c, this foam can be used for thermal insulation in both domestic and commercial buildings, as well as providing insulation for clothing. Closed cell polyethylene foam sheets can moreover be laminated together for thicker insulation where needed.

    Chemical Resistance

    Alongside being resistant to water, oil, and grease, polyethylene foam is resistant to chemicals. This makes polyethylene foam packaging suitable for the transportation of chemicals or case inserts.

    Though high-density polyethylene foam is more resistant to chemicals than low density, overall, being a plastic, polyethylene does have effective resistance to chemical attack.

    Lightweight and High Load Bearing Resilience

    Perhaps one of the most practical characteristics of polyethylene foam is that it is both lightweight, and load bearing. This is advantageous for several industries, such as construction and leisure – utilising, for instance, kneeling pads and mattresses; however, polyethylene foam often plays a vital role in safety devices and equipment, such as buoyancy aids and life jackets. It’s water resistance, air pockets, and load bearing properties make it an excellent material for this crucial job.

    Take advantage of polyethylene foam’s many beneficial properties; enquire about Gilca’s production of polyethylene foam today by using our quick and easy contact form above. Alternatively, you can also get in touch and speak to a member of our highly skilled and highly experienced team today on +44(0) 121 544 1929 or by emailing our team at info@gilca.biz.