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Polyethylene Foam | PE Foam | Ethafoam

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Polyethylene is a closed-cell foam used in several applications. It's lightweight, cost-effective, and excellent for sporting goods and packaging fragile electronics. Polyethylene foam is resilient and flexible. It can take repeated shocks, dampens vibration, and provides resistance to chemicals and moisture to protect against damage. The versatility of PE foam can be seen from its uses in the construction, medical, recreational, and manufacturing industries.


Sometimes referred to as Ethafoam, this is the trademark name for a line of polyethylene foams manufactured by Sealed Air Corporation. Ethafoam can also be military-grade, anti-static, or flame-resistant.

TCH can supply Ethafoam for your projects, contact us for more information.

Characteristics & Features

  • Closed-cell
  • Light-weight
  • Excellent strength
  • Flexible
  • Recyclable
  • Great buoyancy
  • Tear-resistant
  • Vibration dampening
  • Excellent shock absorption
  • Chemical and water-resistant
  • Impervious to dirt, mold, and mildew

Polyethylene foam is created through heating of polymer compounds. During this process, additives can be used to create specific features - such as anti-static. The foam also comes in many different sizes and shapes. It is most commonly seen in planks or sheets. PE foam holds it shape when cut making it ideal for packaging since it can create inserts that fit your items exactly. Since it's a closed-cell foam, it can be painted for customization. It's also easy to laminate with heat, which allows for varied thickness and densities. The versatility of polyethylene foam makes it a fantastic choice for your foam solutions.

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