Polyethylene foams are also known as Polyolefins and can be referred to as PE or LDPE foam
They are a durable and extremely versatile set of materials which begin life as a thermoplastic before being blown to become foam. We can supply them in a range of colours and a choice of different formats.
One of the qualities offered by polyethylene is that it can withstand repeated impacts and offers excellent load bearing properties thanks to a high compression rate. The versatility it provides makes it difficult to give a comprehensive list of the applications it is suited to, but many of our clients us it for purposes such as flooring, packaging, floatation devices, case inserts and acoustic underlay.
It is particularly suited for use in packaging because it combines surface softness with the ability to absorb impacts, meaning it can protect items without damaging them.
We can provide polyethylene in a range of different formats created to meet the demands of our clients. These include shapes, trays, pads, sheets inserts and castellations, all of which can be provided with an adhesive backing if need be to aid quick and simple installation.
Polyethylene Foam – Unique Properties
The ubiquity of polyethylene foam can be put down to the unique set of properties it is able to offer. The make-up of the foam consists of millions of extremely small gas pockets, a structure which is referred to as closed cell foam. These pockets mean that the foam is water resistant, being unable to soak any water up, which brings with it the added bonus of making polyethylene resistant to bacteria, rot and mildew.
The water resistant nature of this foam is augmented by the fact that it is very durable, combining being able to work in a range of temperatures from -80°C to 100°C with being resistant to weathering, as well as a range of chemicals, oils and grease.
The key features of polyethylene are as follows:
- Resistant to grease and chemicals
- Resistant to water
- Resistant to bacteria, rot and mildew
- Weather resistant
- Flexibility and lightweight construction
- Highly resistant to wear and tear
- Can be cut to desired size and shape easily
- Resistant to temperatures between -80°c and 100°c