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Ethafoam packaging

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Cost effective product protection

Are you shipping expensive, fragile equipment? Perhaps experiencing a high number of customer returns due damaged goods? Problems with mis-handling by couriers? Or simply believe you are paying too much for your transit packaging?

Ethafoam packaging can help with all the above. Being both cost effective and resilient, this is a foam which can be fabricated to offer exceptional protection to your products in transit.

01: Key Benefits of Ethafoam Packaging.

Cost effective protection from drop / vibration damage in transit

Using Ethafoam packaging can result in a number of tangible benefits for your business and operations.

Obviously, no company wants to experience transit damage to their products. This results in expensive customer returns, stock that cannot be sold and – even worse – a negative impact on your hard earned brand reputation.

Ethafoam can not only eliminate transit damage, but through reliable supply of products can help gain customer loyalty, in turn leading to repeat business.

Shocks, impacts, vibration and everything your courier can throw (sometimes literally) at it – will not cause damage to the packaged items.

Other advantages of Ethafoam include a reduction in shipping costs (being more space efficient than other void fill or cushion packaging – reducing volume).

It can also speed up packaging times and boost productivity if supplied in pre-assembled outer packaging. And it is also a cost-effective option when compared to practically any other form of cushion packaging.

What this effectively means is that, if you are shipping a mid to high volume of either fragile or expensive items (think consumer electronics, artwork, domestic tools / appliances etc.), then Ethafoam packaging can have a significant positive impact on your business success and profitability.

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7 ways foam Ethafoam can have a positive impact on your business

  • Reduces damage in transit, reducing returns and cost of replacements
  • Improved transit protection also improves customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • More space efficient that other void fill, minimising transport costs
  • Can be supplied pre-assembled to improve packing times and productivity
  • Easy disposal, and can be recycled if facilities available
  • Durable enough to be used over multiple trips if part of a supply chain
  • Cost effective – suitable for high volume shipping without compromising protection
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Ethafoam is frequently used to protect fragile goods such as consumer electronics, specialist industrial products and other items that are delicate and cannot sustain either functional or cosmetic damage.

02: What is Ethafoam Packaging?

Durable closed cell polyethylene foam

In essence, Ethafoam is a durable, yet flexible, closed cell polyethylene foam.

It’s properties, and particular its energy absorption under impact, make it ideal for providing cushion protection from impact, shock and vibration. Crucially, it also retains this resilience under repeated impact. These high load bearing characteristics also mean that it is re-usable over multiple trips.

Ethafoam end caps
Ethafoam, when fabricated into end caps or similar packaging inserts, can help protect valuable / fragile items without adding excessive bulk to your packaging

Other characteristics that make Ethafoam such a versatile material are that it is resistant to most chemicals, has low water absorption, no odour, good insulation values and is non abrasive.

This final point is particularly important as it ensures decorative surfaces on painted or polished items are not damaged during contact with the foam.

As a result, Ethafoam is frequently used to protect fragile goods such as consumer electronics, specialist industrial products and other items that are delicate and cannot sustain either functional or cosmetic damage.

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03: Applications / Images.

Image gallery highlighting typical applications / uses for Ethafoam

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04: Ethafoam Packaging Manufacturers.

How Ethafoam is converted into packaging

Another benefit of Ethafoam is that it is easily fabricated into a wide range of shapes and complex designs. This ease of use not only allows for costs to be kept to a minimum, but also means it is suitable for both high and low volume requirements.

The foam is frequently converted into end caps designs which are placed over the edges or corners of the product to be packaged.

Ethafoam box liners
Ethafoam can be used to line boxes instead of creating inserts, which works particularly well with durable outer materials such as Correx®

However, it can be used as a liner for the outer container, can act as a tray with numerous compartments cut out for multiple products to sit in, or can be used in layers to separate delicate items in the same package.

Regardless of the shape, size or weight of your product, it is possible to create Ethafoam packaging that will offer the optimum protection during transit.

05: Ethafoam Technical Specifications.

Details and specifications relating to Ethafoam material

Please see below for an overview of Ethafoam properties, including densities and uses. Should you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ethafoam performance characteristics

  • Ethafoam polyethylene foam densities range from 30 kg/m³ to 150 kg/m³
  • Ethafoam 220-E 35 kg/m³ Packaging | Floatation
  • Ethafoam 400-E 64 kg/m³ Packaging | Load Spreading
  • Ethafoam 700-E 102 kg/m³ high load Bearing
  • Ethafoam 900-E 145 kg/m³ high load Bearing
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06: GWP Protective.

Why choose GWP Protective as your Ethafoam supplier?

Whilst there are many foam converters fabricating Ethafoam and other cross linked foams, your business can see tangible benefits by working alongside GWP.

These include a dedicated engineer who will offer impartial design advice, free quotations and pre-production samples to ensure total satisfaction.

Ethafoam packaging manufacturers
GWP Protective not only convert Ethafoam into packaging, but can also supply the full range of exterior packaging and cartons too.

Your Ethafoam packaging will be designed utilising the latest CAD and cushion-calculation software and manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility.

Also, you will be able to source your external casescartons or boxes from GWP as well, reducing cost and purchasing administration.

These benefits are the sum of over 25 years experience in the creation of foam products specifically to combat transit damage.


Find out more about custom Ethafoam inserts

If you are shipping mid to high volumes of valuable items (such as electronics) and are not using Ethafoam, find out just how much of a difference it could make to your business.

Please get in touch for free advice, no obligation quotes and a full design consultation as appropriate.

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