ARPLANK Set for Exciting Announcements Ahead of K Show and Foam Expo Europe

ARPLANK, the sustainable expanded polyethylene packaging material from global foams specialist JSP, will debut at K Show and return to Foam Expo Europe this Autumn, with a trio of exciting updates to reveal ahead of the events.

With facilities around the world in Europe, Asia and the Americas, JSP is a global leader in the manufacture and development of expanded polypropylene (EPP) and expanded polyethylene (EPE) particle foam materials. ARPRO, JSP’s EPP foam, is the material of choice and is commonly used in the packaging, automotive and HVAC industries, with ARPLANK, JSP’s EPE material, an ideal choice for packaging applications requiring shock absorption, vibration dampening, insulation, or chemical resistance.

ARPLANK, JSP’s innovative expanded polyethylene material, combines this unique packaging performance with excellent environmental properties, making it the material choice for many vital packaging applications worldwide.

From 19 – 26 October, the ARPLANK team will be in Dusseldorf, Germany, for the K Show 2022, the plastics and rubber industries’ premier triennial trade show. Stuttgart, Germany, is the home of Foam Expo Europe, which the ARPLANK team will attend between 8 – 10 November and is Europe’s largest trade fair dedicated to technical foam products and manufacturing.

It will be JSP’s K Show debut in October and the first time its two innovative packaging materials, ARPLANK (EPE) and ARPRO (EPP), will be on display for K Show attendees. Ahead of its K debut and return to Foam Expo Europe in November, a trio of exciting ARPLANK announcements are set to be revealed.

A Trio of Reveals

It’s an exciting time for foam fans, and as a result of continuous ongoing research and development into thermoplastic foam manufacturing, JSP is delighted to announce three improvements coming to its ARPLANK range of EPE packaging material. All three are set to improve the performance, sustainability credentials and logistics for JSP’s new and existing customers.

Firstly, from 1st January 2023, JSP can guarantee ALL ARPLANK manufactured in Europe will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content, sourced from end-of-life ARPLANK products. Considerable technical development was involved in delivering this improvement from the current level of 25% recycled content, without any compromise on material performance or function. As with all ARPLANK grades, the material remains 100% recyclable, proving its credentials for the circular economy.

Secondly, and in response to market demand, the standard size of an ARPLANK block is increasing from 1800mm to 2000mm in length. This brings numerous benefits to the customer, including improved efficiency, lower waste, and removal of timely secondary operations such as in-house lamination. This change now makes ARPLANK the largest EPE block available on the market at 2000mm x 1200mm x 150mm and will be much welcomed by JSP’s regular customers.

The final announcement is that, for the first time, it is now possible to purchase ARPLANK directly from JSP for customers within the DACH Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Following a successful initial phase of launching ARPLANK in partnerships with agents across Europe, JSP is delighted to announce the move to the next stage of its sales process utilising its European sales team. New or existing customers can now directly contact Jiri Slezak, ARPLANK Business Director, at +420 602 444 926 or Jiri.Slezak@jsp.com for comprehensive sales support.

What is ARPLANK?

ARPLANK is a highly resilient closed-cell bead foam packaging material, manufactured from EPE (expanded polyethylene). ARPLANK’s polyethylene shells are thermally bonded during the fusion process to create a three-dimensional bead with excellent properties for absorbing and dissipating energy.

The EPE beads are then moulded into isotropic blocks to create ARPLANK, a highly protective packaging material. All ARPLANK manufactured in Europe contains a minimum of 30% recycled content, is 100% recyclable, and enables material savings of up to 50% whilst maintaining the same protective properties.

ARPLANK v Conventional
Compared to conventional material, ARPLANK enables material savings of up to 50% without compromising performance, allowing you to achieve more with less.

For packaging applications that require shock absorption, vibration dampening, insulation or chemical resistance, ARPLANK is a natural choice. It can withstand multiple impacts without damage, is non-abrasive for class A surfaces and is incredibly lightweight.

In contrast to conventional foam materials, which have different physical properties along the extrusion, vertical and horizontal axes, the properties of ARPLANK are the same regardless of material orientation.

These isotropic properties set ARPLANK apart from the competitors in function, whilst still bringing multiple benefits in material savings, higher yields, and strong sustainability credentials. Learn more by visiting ARPLANK.eu.

To learn more about ARPLANK from JSP’s expert team, visit us:

  • At K Show 2022, Outside Area near Hall 13 Stand 13.01 from 19-26 October in Düsseldorf
  • At Foam Expo Europe Stand 506 from 8-10 November in Stuttgart.

 

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