Dusseldorf, Germany - UK-based cellular materials producer Zotefoams plc has launched, at this year’s K show, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) foams, offering very light-density, energy-saving properties.
“Zotefoams is well-known for different types of foams that other companies don’t do and developing new markets,” said CEO David Stirling in an interview, adding that the product was developed alongside a customer base.
The new material, now being offered to Zotefoams’ global customers, is flexible across a wide range of temperature, and has already sparked interest in applications for cryogenic insulation.
“We are talking to people about [using the materials as] replacement of rubbers, in products such as seals, gaskets, dampers, etc,” Stirling added.
The main difference between the Zotefoam TPE and rubbers is that the product can be thermoformed, taking a high temperature to shape and offering easy processability.