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Ethafoam semi rigid packaging foam
STPE200 Ethafoam is a medium density non-cross-linked, expanded polyethylene foam. It is sometimes sold under the trade names Stratocell or Jiffy. Ethafoam generally starts as blocks or planks and then cut to size.
Ethafoam / Stratocell non-cross-linked polyethylene foam is a very versatile material and a popular choice for many packaging applications due to its lightweight and flexible nature. It provides excellent cushioned protection against persistent shocks in a large variety of applications and is a clean, non-abrasive material.Available in thicknesses of 5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50mm in sheets or cut to size.
We also produce die-cut foam for bespoke applications.This grade of non cross linked Polyethylene foam is not fire retardant; if you need fire retardant, antistatic or other thicknesses please contact us. Click here for the STPE200 datasheet.
While Ethafoam / Stratocell is the most popular choice of foam for computer and monitor packaging, it is also the ideal packaging foam for many other sensitive items. These include:
Efoam is one of the leading suppliers of Ethafoam/Stratocell in the UK. We offer a wide range of products from this excellent material other than sheets. We manufacture foam gaskets, bespoke die-cut inserts, protective corner blocks, pick & pluck foam inserts and much more.
Due to the diverse range of properties the Ethafoam/Stratocell polyethylene foam offers, it is also the favoured choice of material for many other applications. For example, it is used for supporting legs of extremely heavy industrial machines such as cranes and other lifting equipment. Shipping & Marine industries also use Ethafoam/Stratocell foam for supporting large, heavyweight cables on the ground.
The key properties that make this foam an ideal choice for numerous applications are as follows:
Aside from being renowned for its extensive range of properties, Ethafoam/Stratocell foam is an increasingly popular choice of packaging foam as it is completely eco-friendly. It is 100% recyclable and can be continuously reused.
Aesthetically, Ethafoam/Stratocell polyethylene foam looks very similar to polystyrene foam and is often confused by this. However, the physical density, chemicals and characteristics of Ethafoam/Stratocell are entirely different from those that form polystyrene and should not be substituted without careful consideration.
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