EPS Has A New Name—“Airpop” in Europe and Catches More Attention

News about the European EPS industry! EPS material in Europe now has a shining new name—Airpop. David Emes, president of the EPS Group in BPF—British Plastics Federation, explained the reason of selecting this new name.


“Airpop—engineered air” can make people immediately think of the fact that EPS can be said being made from air, or more precisely, 98% of it consists of air. Because PS material can easily be expanded with air, and that is how the name EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) came.

PS material

The Airpop® activity is jointly launched by EUMEPS, EPS trade associations in European countries and EPS raw material suppliers in Europe, and the creative idea is raised by Ogilvy & Mather, a famous advertisement company in German.

Has this activity of changing name aroused your interest in EPS? And how much do you know about EPS? Following is the basic and practical knowledge about EPS.

Basic Information:

EPS, also called Styrofoam, is the rigid faveolate foam expanded from Polystyrene. It is made from the polymerization of styrene added with foaming agent.

EPS raw materia

EPS is in the shape of white bead particles, and the relative density is 1.05, which means it is light in weight. This material has a low thermal conductivity and water absorption, and high compression strength. It is also in good function of insulation, sound and shock absorption, resistance to moisture.

EPS broads

EPS molding

EPS Application:

EPS can be applied in the areas like thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings, coverings of side wall and inner wall, packaging and disposable containers, etc.

EPS used in Building

EPS packaging


EPS Tableware

EPS Recycling:

EPS can be recycled and reprocessed into PS. Granulation is currently the main method to recycle waste EPS. It means to use EPS recycling machines and granulating machines to make the waste EPS into PS pellets, which can be used in the manufacture of plastic products, such as decorative and construction moldings, racks, flowers pots and video tapes and so on.

GreenMax EPS recycling machine

Applying EPS Compactor and EPS Densifier to Compact and hot melt EPS into smaller sized blocks are the two major ways of waste EPS compression, which is necessary for EPS recycling, because it can cut down the cost of EPS storage and transportation. The compacted or melted EPS blocks are generally in 1/40 of the original volume.