Foam innovation to aid cost efficiency in lightweighting markets

Foam is increasing used to lightweight cars
A new generation of foams from chemical’s giant SABIC promises to slash degassing time in half. It means they can reduce the working capital of foam manufacturers drastically, making the increasingly popular material cheaper and more easily available to markets looking to lightweight but bring spirally cost under control.

It’s Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) foam grades have been designed to increase production efficiency. It’s fast converting foam grades reduce the time that semi-finished products need to be kept in storage, thanks to faster degassing of the blowing agent. These new SABIC foam grades also help to create additional value by increasing production efficiency through higher material yield – production efficiency improves by 5% through less production waste and better foam consistency.

Polymeric foams are widely used in areas that encompass building and construction, automotive, packaging, sports and leisure, and more. Trends in these industries are driven by consumers looking for solutions that are smarter, better and more sustainable, whilst at the same time reducing total costs. Foam and lightweight solutions are essential to respond to the current trend of being low cost, lightweight and processed efficiently.

Frank de Vries, leader of SABIC’s global foam team, said: “In our dedicated SABIC Foam Innovation Center, we developed this new series of ‘fast converting' foam material solutions that provides further improvements in the foam manufacturers production efficiencies.”

Justin Cunningham

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