Foamex is a popular material for many applications due to its cost-effectiveness and durability. It is a versatile product which can be used in a range of commercial settings.

There are so many different types of Foamex available including:

  • Acrylic
  • Polycarbonate
  • PVC
  • ABS
  • Acetal Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene Foamex

For this article, we have put together a quick guide for you to read all about the uses and benefits of Foamex.

The questions covered in this blog include:

  • What is Foamex?
  • Where can Foamex be found?
  • What are the advantages of Foamex?

What is Foamex?

Foamex is a trading name for plastic sheets, which are made from various materials.

The term foamed plastics was coined by Dow Chemical Company in the 1960s to describe the use of extruded polystyrene foam to produce low-cost, lightweight insulating building panels.

For more detail read this article by Made in Britain: What is Foamex?

Where can Foamex be found?

Foamex can be found in:

  • Large warehouses – pallet racking signage and more
  • Retail stores – shop signage and retail displays
  • Event spaces – signage, displays and more
  • Construction sites – warning signs and branded signage,
  • Boats – graphics, and signage

 What are the advantages of Foamex?

The 3 key advantages of Foamex are:

  1. You can print easily on Foamex
  2. Foamex is durable and lightweight
  3. Foamex is easy to work with

 1. Print easily on Foamex

The molecular structure of PVC gives all the Foamex panels a white and even surface, which helps during the printing procedure.

A UV varnish can also be used on top if you’re looking for additional protection or would like a glossier image.

2. Foamex is durable and lightweight

Foamex can withstand a wide selection of elements, so it can even be left outside in harsh weather conditions.

You’ll also be pleased to know that Foamex is resistant to wear and tear – even the larger panels do not shrink or change shape.

We suggest that you don’t keep your Foamex panels in the sun all the time, as they’ll slowly become lighter over time.

 3. Foamex is easy to work with

From milling and bending to cutting, Foamex can be changed easily in a range of ways.

It can also be drilled to insert metal hooks or add screws, which makes Foamex an incredibly versatile material to work with.

If you’re interested in the different ways Foamex could benefit your boat or marine vessel on the coast, feel free to get in touch with our friendly and expert team at Hampshire Plastics today.

We are more than happy to answer any questions and respond to any queries as soon as possible.

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Alternatively, give us a call today on 023 9248 6633.

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