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What is EPP and what to do about it

2017-03-17
EPP, or foamed polypropylene, is an artificial plastic that resembles styrofoam (EPS) in its structure, but unlike it, it has better physicochemical properties.

The most important advantages of EPP include:
Excellent strength properties - EPP is capable of carrying heavy loads without deformation;
Low weight wherever the highest safety and low weight are concerned (eg in automotive or heating systems);
High thermal insulation properties - excellent in food packaging or pipe insulation;
Chemical indifference - EPP does not react chemically with oils, oils, greases, nitro solvents, acetone, cyanoacrylate adhesives and many other chemicals;
Excellent acoustics - EPP guarantees a high level of muting, therefore it is ideally suited for use in ventilation enclosures or in everyday equipment;
100% recyclability - EPP is fully recyclable so it is environmentally friendly;
Low absorption of water and moisture - combined with very good thermal properties, makes the EPP suitable for use in bathrooms, saunas, and outdoor furniture;
High surface quality - With state-of-the-art processing technologies, EPP surface textures can be either porous or smooth or skin-like;
Easy shaping - allowing for even very complicated forms;
A large number of colors - EPP products can be white, black, blue, gray, orange, green, red or a mixture of these colors;
High density range - from 18 to 200 g / l, which provides a very wide range of EPP applications.

What can you do with the EPP?
The amount of products that can be made from expanded polypropylene is almost unlimited.
The following list gives the most common uses of this material, but it definitely does not exhaust the possibilities of the material in question.
Thanks to the EPP, it really only limits your imagination.

The EPP is commonly implemented among others:

Car parts - including seat components, bumpers, flooring inserts or trunk components;
Furniture of any shape - both indoor and outdoor;
Packaging - for foodstuffs, perfumes and other items requiring increased protection;
Acoustic and thermal insulation systems - for heat exchangers or pumps;
Helmets and sports protectors;
Exercise accessories - for example, rollers, mats, balls;
Baby car seats and chairs;
Construction models - ships, planes or cars.
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