Zotefoams boosts product protection foams line-up with two new Plastazote® grades 

MouldsZotefoams plc, the world’s largest manufacturer of lightweight cross-linked block foams, has announced two new grades in its bestselling Plastazote® polyolefin foams range designed to improve efficiencies in product protection applications.

For decades, Plastazote, a low-density polyethylene foam range in the AZOTE® family, has set the standard for protection of products in transit, long-term storage and conservation applications due to its lightweight, aesthetic qualities, excellent impact resistance and compatibility with a wide range of processing techniques. Plastazote products continue to comply with the most demanding industry regulations, including stringent military standards.

Lightweight Plastazote foams have been engineered to offer superior performance. The range includes a wide variety of grades and densities, such as industry-recognised LD45BK and LD29BK, as well as different cell sizes from fine (LD24) to coarse (LD18) to match different application requirements.

Recent capacity investments have enabled Zotefoams to introduce a new grade specifically targeted at product protection applications in transit, conservation and storage, where its dimensions will optimise yield. LD29ABK is a variation of best-selling grade LD29BK and is available as a 2,000 x 1,200 x 53mm sheet and a 2,000 x 1,200 x 102mm block. With a density of just 29kg/m³ and a consistent cell size of 0.8mm, its impact resistance properties maximise protection of goods, whether on the move or in storage.

Also new is packaging grade LD30LX, which is ideal for product display and optimum presentation. Offering a soft touch and fine cell size of just 0.4mm, LD30LX guarantees the aesthetic appeal and ultimate product protection required for luxury goods.

Recognised for their innovative, environmentally friendly manufacturing process, Zotefoams foams are constructed using a unique, nitrogen expansion technology that produces odourless, consistent foams of the highest quality in a range of densities and a wide choice of colours. AZOTE foams can be routed cleanly to produce the most complex shapes; they are equally suitable for waterjet cutting and thermoforming, either by compression or vacuum moulding, and continue to be the lightest closed-cell foams available.

Zotefoams Group CEO David Stirling says, “Product protection is a key market for Zotefoams and we are delighted that – thanks to capacity investments in the UK and USA, as well as the forthcoming opening of a new site in Poland – we are able to offer these new grades, which meet the performance, efficiency and aesthetic requirements of our customers.”


Zotefoams will be exhibiting at Foam Expo Europe 2019 on Stand 654.